Our Guiding Values

OAASIS’s work is guided by the following values and key strategies:

Standing up for—and with—people who have been harmed.

OAASIS meets people who were sexually abused as children where they are. We support people to speak truth to power.

Recognizing people’s humanity.

We realize that people are more than the worst thing that was done to them, or that they’ve done to someone else.

Progressing together.

As we work to create a culture that enables people to live fully, we prioritize creating and practicing that culture within OAASIS. We intend for the lives of OAASIS’s members, volunteers, board, and staff to be affirmed through our work together.

Building equity.

Our culture sends mixed messages: stating that everyone is equal while placing additional barriers to success on communities of color, low-income communities, women, people who are LGBTQ, people born in other countries, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and people who our predominant culture considers “other”. We support dismantling barriers that place additional burdens on many people who were sexually abused as children.

Creating connections.

Child sexual abuse thrives in the shadows of secrecy. By providing spaces for people who have been harmed to connect with other survivors—as well as connecting our movement to other movements dedicated to healing, equity, and justice—we counteract the isolation that so often accompanies child sexual abuse.

Incorporating and celebrating joy in our work and in our lives.

Joy is a powerful and critical resource in our work to end child sexual abuse and to support people who were abused to live full, whole lives.

Join the Movement!

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!