We work to empower people in the DC metropolitan area to build a
community free from public sexual harassment and assault.
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) mobilizes our community in Washington, DC, to end public sexual harassment and assault though innovative programming and hard-hitting advocacy. Founded in 2009, CASS’s vision is of a community in which people of all backgrounds, gender expressions and identities feel safe occupying public spaces. Volunteer-led and -run, the creativity and energy of the DC community drives our mission and vision.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, which helps fund the following programs:
Since 2012, CASS has worked with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to implement policies and programming to prevent sexual harassment and assault on DC’s public transit system.
Safe Bars, a project of CASS and Defend Yourself, trains and empowers staff at alcohol-serving establishments to recognize and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and assault among patrons and staff.
CASS’s blog provides a platform for personal stories of gender-based public sexual harassment and assault DC, in order to raise awareness about the pervasive nature of street harassment as well as to build a community dedicated to its prevention.
CASS is a founding member of the DC Justice for Survivors Campaign, a grassroots coalition of sexual assault survivors, direct service providers, community members and more working to improve services for survivors of sexual assault in DC.
Women and LGBT folks are at risk of being targeted for violence because of their gender or gender expression when they move around public spaces. In 2014, we launched RightRides DC, a volunteer-led service that provides safe, free late-night rides home to women and LGBT individuals on weekends.
CASS holds innovative workshops to empower the community to take action to prevent public sexual harassment and assault. In these workshops and forums, we define street harassment, focus on tips for victims of street harassment, brainstorm community-based solutions and more.