CASA House uses gendered language when discussing both victim/survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault. This gendered language - referring to victim/survivors as women, and perpetrators as men - is consistent with international statistics that document the majority of victim/survivors as women and children, and the majority of perpetrators of sexual assault as men. (Please see statistics page for more information.) The use of gendered language is an important feature of CASA House's service as it is consistent with our philosophy and approach.
Men and boys are also victim/survivors of sexual assault and we do not wish to deny or mininise their experiences. The decision to use gendered language is based on analysis of statistical data provided by police reports, hospital records, sexual assault centres and other research. These sources indicate that overwhelmingly sexual assault is perpetrated against women and children.
Some other examples of the terminology we use are;
- Centre Against Sexual Assault - to indicate that we are working towards the elimination of sexual assault
- Victim/Survivor - to emphasis the capacity of people who have been sexually assaulted to survive the experience
- Counsellor/Advocate - to emphasise the role of the worker. We provide counselling and support, but also advocate on behalf of victim/survivors.