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movePlease join us on Sunday, June 7th, for this fun fundraiser that will benefit the work of OAASIS, and our friends at The Breathe Network http://thebreathenetwork.org on Sunday, June 7th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm!
See flier for more details!  We hope to see you there!
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antioppressionchatjpgDara Snyder with the Portland YWCA will be facilitating this important training for us.  We highly recommend this training for anyone who is looking for opportunities to volunteer with OAASIS.

Join us on Saturday, June 13th, at Tabor Spaces, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  $10.00 suggested donation.  Register by email to kristi@oaasisoregon.org, or by mail, with check made payable to OAASIS:

PO Box 2161 Portland OR  97208


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We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring a two-day healing event for Male Survivors and Their Allies (professionals, loved ones, and other advocates), here in Portland OR, on May 29th and 30th, 2015!

REGISTER WITH MALE SURVIVOR AT www.malesurvivor.org!

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Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse Step into the Light

Telling-Poster85x11-Oaasis-OSF Presented by Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service (OAASIS), in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s National Collaborative Arts Project.


In a society in which one out of four girls and one out of six boys have experienced child sex abuse, it remains a secret rarely shared. In the gripping play TELLING**, the true stories of seven adult survivors are woven together to create a tapestry of pain, secrecy, and ultimately, hope.

Using visual images, original music, movement, dance, and poetry, these brave residents of the Pacific Northwest share their personal stories of prolonged abuse by brothers, fathers, mothers, teachers, priests, babysitters, strangers and “friends” of the family. With courage, some trepidation and even some humor they step onto the stage, into the light, and recount experiences that changed their lives dramatically. Their stories are a roadmap to hope for other survivors.


A counselor will be present at the performance for anyone who may become distraught by the play’s content, which is powerful but not graphic. Adult language will be used on stage. Parental guidance is recommended for children under 13.

A talkback with actors/storytellers; director Jamie Rea; Executive Director of OAASIS, Klarissa Oh; and Founder & Executive Director of The Breathe Network, Molly Boeder Harris will be conducted after the performance, facilitated by journalist playwright Margie Boule.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Carpenter Hall
15 S Pioneer St.
Ashland Or 97520

September 29th, 2014
Monday at 7:00pm

$18 Adult | $15 Student/Seniors/Military
Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Purchase online HERE.

Written by Margie Boulé
Directed by Jamie M. Rea

Performers: Elise Bradley, Das Chapin, Cristi Dillon, Gabriel Mikalson, Gordon Romei, Carolee Horning, and Digene Farrar.

Design Team: Jamie M. Rea, Gordon Romei

**TELLING was inspired by the Secret Survivor series created by Ping Chong + Company in New York, which has provided funding and support for this production. The play also was made possible by a grant from the Ms. Foundation.**

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Support your community

Throughout the year, ywca clark county offers a variety of events and workshops that provide opportunities to support your community.
Our events provide educational, awareness and fundraising opportunities. Program specific workshops engage the community and focus on education and advocacy. Learn more about our workshops at individual program pages or by viewing them on our calendar.

Benefit Luncheon – September 7, 2011

The ywca annual benefit luncheon is a popular event that spotlights our programs and mission, showcases powerful testimony, and engages our community on a deeper level.

Join us Wednesday, September 7th at the Hilton Vancouver and listen to inspirational speaker and author Erin Merryn as she shares her personal story of survival and triumph and provides enlightening perspectives on keeping children safer. Seats are $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10. Click here to register online!

Presenting sponsors

Table hosts support ywca by inviting 9 guests to join them at a table during the luncheon. Table hosts receive a book authored by the speaker and a table identified in the name of their choosing. If you’re interested in being a table host, please contact us at luncheon@ywcaclarkcounty.org or by calling 360 906 9153.

Erin is the author of Stolen Innocence and Living for Today. A leading participant in Take Back the Night, her goal is to raise awareness of abuse in order to end the stigma of silence. Since 2004, she has been speaking at national conferences, community events, children’s advocacy centers, colleges, and high schools. Erin has been instrumental in getting Erin’s Law passed, which requires school boards to adopt age appropriate curriculum on sexual abuse education for students pre-k through 5th grade. Erin efforts have not gone unnoticed. She’s been featured in a variety of media, including Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and on Oprah. Visit Erin’s website at www.erinmerryn.net.

Thank you to the following sponsors, who’ve made this year’s event possible: ADCO Commercial Printing and Graphics, Columbia Credit Union, The Columbian, Corwin Beverage Company, Home Instead Senior Care, IQ Credit Union, Lee & Connie Kearney, Miller Nash, LLP, Providence Health and Services, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Tidewater Barge Lines, US Bancorp, Vancouver Business Journal, The Vancouver Clinic

For additional information on the 2011 Benefit Luncheon e-mail luncheon@ywcaclarkcounty.org or call 360 906 9153.

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Citizens Unite to Transform Oregon

The Oregon Center for Christian Values is convening a statewide vigil in Salem on January 11, 2011 -National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Citizens from across the state will be converging on the state capitol.  We will stand together on the marble steps and bear silent witness to the epidemic of human trafficking that is attacking our community.

At 10:00 AM on January 11th, Citizens will gather at Cone Chapel on Willamette University campus in Salem. In preparation for the day, there will be hot coffee and refreshments, and an overview of the event.   At 11:00 am the crowd will march across the street to the marble steps of the State Capitol, where television news crews and print journalist will be waiting.

The assembled gathering will listen to public officials who have led the fight against Human Trafficking.  County Commissioner Diane McKeel will open the event.  Senators Bruce Starr and Suzanne Bonimici will join Representatives Andy Olson and Carolyn Tomei on the capitol steps to explain why these new laws are so critical.  These State Legislators have shown true leadership, and they are indispensable in passing new laws that will help end human trafficking.

Many non-profit organizations will have booths set up inside the state capitol in the Galleria. The Oregon Center for Christian Values will be joined by Door to Grace, International Justice Mission, Compassion2one, SARC , Shared Hope, and others. In addition, several civic groups will be present, led by Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH), joined by Catholic Charities, the Soroptomists, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, SOS Beaverton, and Zonta.

Please join us on the state capitol steps on January 11th, and demonstrate that Oregon citizens are willing to stand together to fight injustice, end human trafficking, and transform our state.

11:00 AM Vigil on the State Capitol Steps.
National Human trafficking Awareness Day.
OCCV.ORG  info@occv.org  503.222.2072

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Would you like to help prevent child abuse and support OAASIS by treating yourself to an evening of film, fun, and food?

Well, you can!

Hot Flash Films PDX and Velocity Sisterhood presents Two Event Screenings of “Not Dead Yet” at the Hollywood Theater.

A dramedy about life, hot flashes, and profound re-awakenings

Not Dead Yet, filmed in Portland and starring Portland actresses, tells the story of  three women who join forces to revive their acting careers, only to find themselves on a quest for something far more important.  Frustrated by the lack of roles for women over 40, they decide to create their own film, starring themselves.  As the project spins out of control so do their lives. With their dream of a second act on the verge of collapsing, the three ultimately dare to take a final step so bold it promises to leave audiences cheering.

Hollywood theater screenings:  Each showing of the film will be followed by a themed discussion, highlights of which will be posted to the Hot Flash Films PDX website and potentially used in a documentary.  All ticket sales will go directly to OAASIS if ticket purchaser selects “OAASIS” at checkout.

Friday, April 23rd at 6pm Opening Gala  – Share Your Next Act

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the film in the historic Hollywood Theater. Afterward, audience members will share their next acts, from belly dancing to opening a new business, each guest will get 3 minutes to shine. Special guests will open the night, discussing their next acts. Ticket $25 Benefitting: OAASIS – Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service

Saturday, April 24th at 7pmHow to Make the Second Half of Your Life Better Than the First

Conversation topics will include: Achieve your goals, Find your true voice, Enjoy optimum health,  Stay active and avoid injury

Guests include Shannon Kelly, shaman and former therapist, Transformational Voice Institute founder Linda Brice,
Dr. Janel Guyette, MD, MA Bio Chemistry, and a taped presentation from Jaimen McMillan, founder of the Spacial Dynamics Institute. Tickets $15 Benefitting: OAASIS – Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service

Tickets available on line or at box office: The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland 97212, Buy Tickets Here!

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Join us for brunch and an informal conversation on healing the wounds of abuse.

Saturday, May 1st
10:30am – 1:00pm
Elizabeth Goake’s Home
3421 SW Kelly Ave, Portland OR

Brunch Panel:

Dr. Jaime Romo was sexually abused by a priest as a boy. He later studied to be a priest at St. John Seminary, dropping out before being ordained. He went on the be a teacher, a school administrator, and then a professor of education at a Catholic university. When his own sons reached the age he was when he was abused, memories of the his long buried abuse began to surface, throwing him into a personal and professional crisis. He became a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, leading leaflettings and press conferences about church policies relative to abuse.

Eventually he found himself let go from his position as an instructor at the Catholic university where he taught. This caused him to take the next step in the healing process — he attended a program, “Healing the Heart,” at the Chopra Center and began a practice of meditation. His journey led him to write a workbook to help survivors become thrivers — Healing the Sexually Abused Heart. This book will be available to purchase at this event. A portion of the proceeds will go to fund the Walk Across Oregon to to Stop Child Abuse and Heal the Wounds. See Jaimeʼs website at

Elizabeth Goeke is a clergy abuse survivor and clinical counselor. When she was a 21 year old nun, she was assaulted on Christmas Eve by her confessor in her convent. The priest told her that he had a “right” to her body. Elizabeth managed to fight off her assailant. She went to another priest to “confess” the event to him. He told her that she had to remain silent or be excommunicated. When she could no longer remain silent, he told her that she had lost her vocation as a nun. She returned to her parentʼs home and went to her parish to confess to the local priest and ask what her new vocation should be. That priest threw her out of the church. Elizabeth came to terms with her abuse in 2002 when the Catholic clergy abuse issue erupted. Elizabeth co-founded Compassionate Gathering in 2007 with Virginia Jones. Elizabeth has found healing in
supporting other survivors on their own journeys of healing.

Virginia Jones was sexually abused by two teenaged boys at age 4 and raped on a date at age 22. Virginia could not separate the damage caused by abuse from other bad events in her life — her mother was alcoholic and in and out of psychiatric hospitals throughout her childhood.

Later she was unable to tell others about her rape due to shame and guilt.
Virginia came to terms with her past when an abusive priest was removed
from her Catholic parish. She reached out to clergy abuse survivors and
started therapy at their urging. Later she progressed further on the path to healing through retreats and mentoring from The Compassionate
Listening Project. She co-founded Compassionate Gathering with Elizabeth Goeke in 2007. In 2008 she started Walking Across Oregon during the summer with family and friends to draw attention to child abuse and start healing the wounds by having fun and connecting to other survivors and supporting individuals and organizations.

Sponsor: Compassionate Gathering — Stop Abuse, Heal the Wounds
Contact: Virginia at 503-866-6163, compassion500@gmail.com, www.compassionategathering.com

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