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Embracing Your Inner Strength and Building Resilience:  Moving from Shame to Liberation

Do you feel as if you get caught in hard situations and want to live with greater choice, freedom, and integrity? Do you want to live more fully?

Join uiStock_000065727915_Doubles—survivors of child sexual abuse, loved ones, advocates, and learners—as we learn to tap more deeply into our own strength and resiliency.

Saturday, April 23rd
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Revolution Hall (1300 SE Stark St, Portland)

Keynote: Sarah Peyton, Trauma Expert & NVC Facilitator
Workshops: Resonant Language, Healing Trauma -Sarah Peyton
Trauma-Informed Yoga -Molly Boeder-Harris, Director of Breathe Network, Healing in Spite of Shame, For the Male Survivor -Das Chapin, Survivor Understanding Trauma & Building Resiliency -Mary Zinkin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Trauma Support Services

Register here or call for more information 503-765-1128

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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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In partnership with many of you we put our heart and soul into HB 3284, a bill that would have eliminated the criminal statute of limitations on certain child sex crimes. Unfortunately it did not make it to the floor, but we did make progress. Three cheers for Rep Jeff Barker of Beaverton/Aloha who sponsored the bill and made sure it got a hearing.

Deep thanks and admiration to the three survivors who told their stories at a rally on the Capitol steps. We are so grateful for everyone who took part in the rally or wrote their legislator in support. Thanks to the KPTV, KGW, KOIN, KATU, OPB and the Oregonian, thousands of Oregonians heard and saw survivor voices calling for justice and accountability for abuse of a child.

Other pro-victim and pro-child legislation that did pass included HB 2997, which allows protection from a person with whom the victim is not in a relationship, and SB 673 which makes paying a minor for sex a felony. Also HB 3194, which was a prison sentence reform bill, passed after removing a clause that would have reduced the minimum sentence for child sex abuse in the first degree.

With increased motivation and honed in strategy informed by our 2013 process, we are working NOW to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for the 2015 legislative session. We need your voice and financial support to succeed.

Please help Oregon be the 34th state to stand on the side of survivors by eliminating the statute of eliminations. We will no longer pretend that child sex abuse did not occur just because the survivor turned thirty. Those of us who understand how difficult it is to come forward and speak the truth need to stand up for survivors who need time to address their abuse.

Your donation can be made online at or mailed to OAASIS PAC PO Box 2161, Portland OR 97208. And remember, Oregon’s political tax credit allows a married couple filing jointly to give up to $100 to a qualified political committee—individuals can give up to $50— and then receive the entire amount back when they file their Oregon tax return.

We need every donation, large or small! For the price of a cup of coffee and a bagel you can help us make justice for child victims a reality in Oregon. Just access the link above or send a donation now to become part of the movement.


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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!

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Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse Rally at Oregon State Capitol in Support of HB 3284 on Monday April 8

April 5, 2013

Bill will eliminate state’s archaic statutes of limitations for felony child sex crimes, which now protect abusers and those who hide them

For the first time in Oregon history, large numbers of adult survivors of child sex abuse will step out of the shadows in support of bill which will protect children

Portland, OR – The years-long campaign to reform the archaic statutes of limitations for childhood sex abuse crimes in Oregon is intensifying in 2013.

The Oregon House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the subject in the State Capitol on Monday, April 8, at 1:00 P.M., to discuss HB 3284, a bill presented by the House Judiciary Committee itself.

Prior to the hearing, a large number of adult survivors of child sex abuse will rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol from 11:15 A.M. to 12:15 P.M., in support of HB 3284, which will eliminate the criminal statutes of limitations for the following crimes against minors by adults: first-degree sex abuse, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful penetration, incest, and first-degree rape.

Oregon, usually thought of as a progressive state, is coming late to this party.  Thirty-three other states already have eliminated criminal statute of limitations for these crimes and others against children.  Attempts to pass a similar bill in Oregon in 2011 were unsuccessful.

Speakers will include Rep. Jeff Barker, chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Rep. Brent Barton; writer, activist and adult survivor Randy Ellison; journalist and adult survivor Margie Boule, and others.

Nationwide headlines over the past 18 months are a graphic illustration of why current law in Oregon is inadequate to protect children from predators.  Incidents of past child sex abuse, most of which could not have been prosecuted in Oregon, include cases involving the Boy Scouts of America, the Catholic Church, Penn State and Syracuse Universities, the BBC, Horace Mann School and Yeshiva University High School.

Rally participants who are willing to share their identities and personal stories with the media will carry picket signs rimmed in green.  Those who are not ready to share their stories or their names will carry red-rimmed signs.  Nearly all marchers will carry green signs.

In the U.S., one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.  Victims typically have great difficulty coming to grips with crimes done to them, and keep the secret of their abuse for decades.  They often are psychologically unable to speak out until after Oregon’s statute of limitations has expired, making it impossible to prosecute their abusers.  Pedophiles can continue to abuse children for decades; serial child sex abusers offend as many as 400 times in their lifetime. Eliminating the statutes of limitations for these crimes will take more pedophiles off the streets, warn more families that abusers are nearby, and protect more Oregon children.

For information about the rally, for more statistics, for names and contact information of Oregon experts on the effects of child sex abuse, contact:

Kristi Kernal

OAASIS (Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service)

503-522-9463 cell

503-274-1179 OAASIS


Web site:  oaasisoregon.org

For information about HB 3284, contact:

Randy Ellison

Board chair, OAASIS

541-292-9570 cell

 OAASIS    PO Box 2161  Portland OR  97208    503.274.1179

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House Bill 3284 eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for the following sex crimes against minors. It only applies to offenders that over 18 at the time of the crime. Currently the statute expires when the victim turns 30. This change allows a District Attorney to bring charges at any time the crime is reported and they feel there is adequate evidence for a trial.

Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, and Incest.

This bill is being presented by the Oregon House Judiciary Committee at the request of OAASIS. Please support this needed change by contacting first a member of the House Judiciary Committee and then your own Representative that can be found at http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/.  Tell them how important this is to you and ask them to support the bill. It is time to open the doors of justice to victims of Child Sex Abuse and hold offenders accountable.  BE POLITE, please! 

And then please cut and paste this email and share it widely. We have a good shot here if everybody pitches in. Next comes a hearing later in April. 

Jeff Barker Chair
     503-986-1428                   Rep.JeffBarker@state.or.us

Chris Garrett, Vice-Chair
   503-986-1438         Rep.ChrisGarrett@state.or.us

Wayne Krieger, Vice-Chair
      503-986-1401   Rep.WayneKrieger@state.or.us

Brent Barton
            503-986-1440                    Rep.BrentBarton@state.or.us

Kevin Cameron
       503-986-1419                    Rep.KevinCameron@state.or.us

Wally Hicks
       503-986-1403                         Rep.WallyHicks@state.or.us

Andy Olson
          503-986-1415                       rep.andyolson@state.or.us

Carolyn Tomei
         503-986-1441                   tomei.rep@state.or.us

Jennifer Williamson      503-986-1436             Rep.JenniferWilliamson@state.or.us

Thank you!

Klarissa Oh, Executive Director

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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.

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