Our history

The Coalition Against Fraternity Sexual Assault (CAFSA) is a student run activist group at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) aiming to transform the culture of our campus to be more inclusive and safe for ALL members of the community.

In the Spring of 2019, after the direct action campaign at Swarthmore was successful in removing fraternities from their community, a few individuals at Penn came up with the idea to expand the campaign to our campus. CAFSA is dedicated to making Penn a safer space for marginalized people and survivors of discrimination and sexual violence by targeting problems of space allocation on campus.

August 2019 - CAFSA first launched its original website.

August 27th, 2019 -  The University of Pennsylvania administration threatened affiliates of CAFSA, causing the movement to mobilize underground.

October 24th, 2019 - CAFSA relaunched with anonymous affiliates and a larger list of Coalition members. The CAFSA Coalition is a collective of student groups at the University committed to the messages and goals of the movement.

October 30th, 2019 - CAFSA helped organize a non-affiliated protest at Penn’s iconic Button sculpture in the center of campus, highlighting sexual assault issues on the University’s campus.

November 12th, 2019 - CAFSA began to collect survivor testimonies through a live form.

December 4th, 2019 - CAFSA representative, Brennan Burns, read a statement from official CAFSA affiliates at the December 2019 UC Open Forum.

December 9th, 2019 - CAFSA worked with Penn’s Latin American and Latinx Studies Department to perform the anti-rape anthem “El Violador Eres Tu”, originally staged by the Chilean feminist group LasTesis.

January 21st, 2019 - CAFSA hosted a town hall where four CAFSA affiliates shared their identities, answered questions about the mission, and encouraged suggestions from the community about plans moving forward. 

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