In a society in which one out of four girls and one out of six boys have experienced child sexual abuse, it remains a secret rarely shared, held close by survivors who often feel alone in their experience.
Telling was originally conceptualized at the first ever Arts & Activism Institute held as part of an initiative to use the arts as a tool to end child sexual abuse (CSA). In June 2012, the Ms. Foundation hosted the first-ever CSA Arts & Activism Institute in partnership with Ping Chong + Company. This pilot workshop explored innovative community-based performance and documentary theater practices pioneered by Ping Chong + Company. During the week-long workshop, organizations learned how to create their own community-based artistic projects aimed at raising awareness and activism around CSA. Following the workshop, participating organizations, including OAASIS, worked with Ping Chong + Company to develop their own original productions to amplify survivor voices in their communities.
OAASIS is the only survivor-based organization of its kind in the U.S. and has been the recipient of national awards, grants and publicity. Since its founding in 2009, OAASIS has worked to increase public awareness of the impact of child sexual abuse, to support and empower survivors and to advocate for public policies and laws to prevent these crimes. The Ms. Foundation is proud to support this groundbreaking organization and fund innovative endeavors to educate the public about sexual abuse prevention.