The mission of Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence is to create communities free of sexual violence and to provide culturally affirming, trauma-informed advocacy, prevention, and intervention services centered on the voices of survivors. The Alliance envisions and hopes to create a world in which everyone believes sexual violence is a preventable problem and actively plays a role in ending it.
In carrying out our mission and pursuing our vision, The Alliance is guided by the following core values: victim-centered decision-making, empowerment, compassion and empathy, accessibility and choice, diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, dignity and respect, safety and confidentiality, wellness and self-care, integrity and accountability, collaboration and partnership, and community-building and engagement.
In 1979, a group known as the Connecticut Alliance of Sexual Assault Services was meeting on an irregular basis. This group was comprised of a variety of service providers who were concerned about victims of violence throughout the state. Their concern was manifested by seeking to offer victims with a multi-disciplinary approach to meeting their needs. With time, the rape crisis centers in Connecticut began to see that they had a different identity from the other organizations who were part of this group.
On July 13, 1982, ten rape crisis centers met and decided that they would withdraw from that group and form their own coalition—Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., otherwise known as CONNSACS. It was incorporated as an organization in January 1982. Membership was limited to direct service rape crisis centers, and the main goal was working to reduce the number of sexual assaults throughout the state and to assist victims and their families in dealing with the trauma of sexual assault.
In 2015, CONNSACS changed its name to Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.