I am a member of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, NAASCA (www.NAASCA.org), and serve as the Oregon Ambassador for NAASCA. Ambassadors are well-versed in NAASCA’s many services, tools and projects, and engage in NAASCA’s social media efforts. As NAASCA’s Oregon Ambassador, I am a primary point-person who’s available for Oregonians new to NAASCA or needing assistance from NAASCA.
Now, I would like to introduce you to the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a focus on child abuse trauma prevention, intervention, and recovery. We’re self-supporting through our own contributions, depending on a group of dedicated volunteers who participate by doing the actual work, on voluntary contributions from our NAASCA family members, and charitable donations from individual friends and supporters. We have no dues or fees. We have no “funding” and are not supported by any outside groups.
The single purpose of NAASCA is “to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect.” We do so from two specific perspectives:
- Educating the public, especially helping society over the taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse, and presenting facts showing child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone
- Offering hope and healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery
Equally important is knowing what NAASCA does NOT do. NAASCA does NOT:
- Lend money
- Find jobs
- Arrange housing
- Give legal advice / assistance
- Do professional counseling
About 30 FREE programs and services are now offered by the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA). They’re available to the global community that fights against child abuse and trauma.
Membership at NAASCA is simply a matter of self-declaring one’s volunteer participation and agreement with our important cause. We describe ourselves as a grassroots “NAASCA family.”
We’re all non-paid volunteers, and the core group of those who keep this effort going are extremely dedicated to the commitment they’ve made to the NAASCA family and experience. We are all dedicated to OUTREACH (spreading our website and effort) and helping to FUNDRAISE (encouraging individual financial contributions to support our efforts).
NAASCA presents podcasts on Blog Talk Radio 6 nights per week, under the “Stop Child Abuse Now” (SCAN) name, where child abuse issues are always the topic. NAASCA has also produced a few video blogs and YouTube tapes.
Please checkout the NAASCA website, which is loaded with information and resources related to child abuse trauma prevention, intervention, and recovery: http://www.naasca.org/.
If you are an Oregon resident and want additional information about NAASCA, please contact me directly at Jo@Jo-Calk.com.
We are each on our own path to recovery and NAASCA is a valuable resource to provide hope, help, and general information as we travel on our life journey. You are not alone. Never give up HOPE.