OAASIS was created out of the courageous steps of one brave woman. In 2009, an Oregon mom had recently learned that her daughter had been sexually abused. She wanted to raise the community’s awareness that too many of Oregon’s daughters and sons are sexually abused, but her daughter was afraid her abuser would find out and retaliate. So this strong mama put on a t-shirt that read “Help Stop Child Abuse” and a wig and a hat to hide her identity. And she started walking across Oregon.
This brave mother couldn’t have imagined the impact her journey across Oregon would have. Inspired by her courage, a small group of survivors and allies joined together and formed OAASIS to amplify survivors’ voices and support survivors’ healing. What began as one mother’s journey is now a movement, thousands of supporters strong.
We believe that when we work together, we can significantly impact child sexual abuse. By changing how our culture views and responds to child sexual abuse, we can keep more kids safe and help more survivors thrive. We know that we can only achieve this as a movement—led by survivors and supported by family members, friends, and the community.
OAASIS is building a movement that empowers communities to prevent child sexual abuse and help survivors live full, healthy, joyful lives. We honor the lives and amplify the voices of people who were sexually abused as children.
Please join us. We cannot wait to see (and live in!) the community we create together.
In 2016, we got extensive input from our supporters about what OAASIS means to them and what changes we want to see in the world. This process helped shape our values and strategies. Check out what drives our work.
Our work stems from the challenges we see in our culture and the knowledge we’ve gained from survivors. Check out the beliefs that drive our work.
Check out our visions for the future. And let us know what your vision is!
OAASIS has a small but mighty team dedicated to turning our visions into reality and putting our values into practice.
OAASIS is making an impact not only in the State of Oregon, but nationally! We are honored to collaborate with a growing national movement to end child sex abuse, and are doing our part here in Oregon. We need YOUR help!
If you’d like to join this movement, please provide us with your contact information so that we can keep you informed about what is happening to end child sex abuse in Oregon. We may occasionally call upon you to lend your voice and support when needed. Please stand with us to support survivors and protect children!