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In early April, 2013, OAASIS led an effort in the State of Oregon to eliminate the Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse.  At the request of OAASIS, the Oregon House Judiciary Committee presented House Bill 3284 at a hearing held at the State Capitol on April 8, 2013.  Immediately preceding the hearing, OAASIS volunteers (many survivors of child sex abuse themselves) and supporters gathered on the steps of the Capitol for a rally of support for the passage of HB3284.  During the rally, several survivors shared their stories of abuse and being locked out of the justice system due to the Statute of Limitations.   We were pleased to have the presence of numerous media outlets providing coverage of the rally and hearing, including every major news channel in Portland.

Below are several links that include the media coverage from the rally, along with a tape of the hearing inside the State Capitol, before the House Judiciary Committee:

HOUSE JUDICIARY HEARING FOR HB3284http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD25vjojJIQ&feature=youtu.be

KGW NEWShttp://www.kgw.com/news/childhood-sex-abuse-crimes-201981941.html

KGW NEWS PIECE FEATURING OAASIS BOARD MEMBER, LETTY MERRITThttp://www.kgw.com/news/Group-pushes-to-end-statute-of-limitations-on-child-sex-abuse-175889091.html

KOIN NEWShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dkHLZhkaR4

KATU NEWS: http://www.katu.com/politics/child-sex-abuse-vicitms-rally-to-drop-deadline-to-file-charges-202047771.html?fb_action_ids=10200979318869583&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210200979318869583%22:508959755830702}&action_type_map={%2210200979318869583%22:%22og.recommends%22}&action_ref_map

OPB RADIOhttp://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-sex-abuse-survivors-want-to-eliminate-statute-of-limitations/

We were extremely disappointed that the bill was not given a vote due to not having enough support to move it out of the Committee.  We will continue our efforts to protect children in the State of Oregon, and to ensure justice for survivors of child sex abuse.   We need the voice of every Oregonian who cares about protecting children, to help us in this fight!  Please help us by “Joining the Movement” to end child sex abuse here in Oregon!


Klarissa Oh, Executive director of OAASIS, Selected for Prestigious NoVo Foundation Program!!

November 23, 2012

Portland, OR—Today, Klarissa Oh was named by the NoVo Foundation as one of 20 new leaders selected to join its groundbreaking Move to End Violence program, a 10-year, $80 million program to strengthen leaders and organizations, and build a breakthrough movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States.

“These leaders have shown incredible vision and courage in their day-to-day work, confronting violence, abuse, rape and trafficking of women and girls in their communities,” said Jennifer Buffett, President and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation. “The Move to End Violence program is an effort to honor their bold leadership and harness their potential to create the change needed so that girls and women can live free of violence.”

Leaders selected for the program participate in an intensive, two-year experience that includes time for essential, big-picture conversations; the opportunity to sharpen their vision and develop a strategy to get there; skills-building sessions to advance social change and advocacy skills; and a strong emphasis on self-care and empowerment. Leaders’ organizations also receive general support grants and technical assistance to advance organizational development.

“We are working to make Oregon a safer and more life-affirming state where children are protected and survivors of child sexual abuse are supported.  Being a part of the Move to End Violence cohort will enable us to do this critical work with deeper thoughtfulness, greater efficacy, more cutting edge strategy, and with national powerhouse partners.  Oregon is fortunate to be one of the states that directly benefits from NoVo’s brilliant vision and significant investment, and OAASIS could not be more honored,” reports Klarissa.

OAASIS, Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service, is an activist group of child sexual abuse survivors and allies in Oregon with a commitment to protect children from sexual abuse and to empower survivors of child sexual abuse through public awareness, education, and advocacy work. They promote the role of survivors in shaping cultural understanding and public policy around child sexual abuse in order to address the startling reality that one out of four girls and one out of six boys is sexually abused by his/her eighteenth birthday.

Over ten years, the Move to End Violence program will connect and strengthen hundreds of advocates and organizations, investing in a national network of committed leaders with the vision, skills and renewed energy necessary to reinvigorate efforts to end violence against girls and women. The NoVo Foundation will also consider funding a select number of collaborative campaigns that will be designed by program participants, chosen for promising potential to create meaningful change.

“We are delighted to name Klarissa and OAASIS as partners in this effort,” said Jackie Payne, Move to End Violence director. “We look forward to supporting her and the other ‘Movement Makers’ as they develop bold new strategies to confront violence and create lasting change for women and girls.”

More information on the Move to End Violence program is available at www.movetoendviolence.org.

Human Trafficking Bills Signed in Salem



Executive Director, Klarissa Oh, and Board President, Randy Ellison, joined other supporters for a ceremonial signing with Oregon Governor Kitzhaber of the three bills we helped pass on Human Sex Trafficking.

Thanks to the calls and emails that many of you made, it is no longer possible to use ignorance that a girl is under 18 as a defense when paying for sex.  In addition, hiring a minor for prostitution is punishable by a $10,000 fine for the first offense and $20,000 for a second offense. Change can happen.

Congratulations everyone!

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