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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