Welcome to ASCA Santa Clarita!
We are a community based  support group following the Adult Survivors of Child
Abuse (ASCA) program developed by the
Morris Center (ascasupport.org) in San
Francisco which has been running with much success since 1993 throughout the
US and Internationally.

We give one another emotional support and an opportunity for expression of
feelings, thoughts, memories, hopes, insights, and education on the subject of child
abuse …. for our healing and recovery.

We are a peer support group and not a therapy or counseling group.  Support
groups can be therapeutic without being therapy by the very nature of social
support and empowerment through unification and information.  Sharing and self-
disclosure among participants can lead to the by-product of emotional insight,
change and growth.

"The purpose of ASCA meetings is to allow survivors to share their abuse and
recovery experiences, to receive support and affirmation for their recovery efforts;
to try out new, more adaptive behaviors and, in so doing, to better understand
themselves and their recovery process" ... quote from ASCA's
"From survivor to
thriver" manual.

  • be with others who understand and share the same challenges
  • work towards acceptance and healing of the difficult feelings, which
    accompany remembering, mourning and transcending the pain of our past
  • share approaches to recovery from our past and creative problem solving in
    our present lives
  • learn more about stopping the cycle of child abuse by healing ourselves and
    preventing its continuation with our own children and children's children.
  • promote research, treatment and advocacy
  • remember that laughter, taking care of ourselves and planning for the future
    are essential for our well-being.
  • help others who are going where we have been

ASCA meetings are for adult abuse survivors only, who are not currently
perpetrating abuse on others.  Child abuse encompasses physical abuse,
emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

When: alternate Sundays from 6:30-8:00pm, upcoming
meetings are online ** Apr 18, May 2, 16 & 30, 2021

** due to COVID-19, meetings are online, please join our meetup
group to participate
(http://meetup.com/Santa-Clarita-ASCA)  **

Article: how to develop resilience during COVID-19.

If this is your first time to online ASCA meetings, please join 15
minutes earlier to familiarize yourself with the meeting
guidelines and how to use Zoom video conferencing.  The
online meeting will be locked at 6:40pm and no one else will be
allowed to join after that.

If this is your first time to an inperson ASCA meeting, please
arrive 15 mins earlier to familiarize yourself with the meeting
guidelines and room facilities.
    Please note that the doors will be locked after 6:30 pm but
    please wait as we will check the doors a couple of times to let
    in latecomers until 7pm.  No one will be let in after 7pm.  This is
    to ensure safety and that there will be no interruptions during
    the shares.

    Please join our Santa Clarita ASCA meetup group for meeting
    location, dates, topics, notifications and discussions.

Where: Newhall, CA.  For address and directions, please text
661-450 8842 or email ascasantaclarita@yahoo.com, or join
our meetup group (http://meetup.com/Santa-Clarita-ASCA)

Parking:  free parking in parking lot

Cost: $5-$10 donation.  No one will be turned away due to lack
of funds.  Your donations help pay for the expenses in keeping
our support group running such as web-site, meetup site,
domain name, printing costs, room rental or online meeting
fees etc.  You can send donations via paypal to

RSVP required:   Notification will be sent out via meetup on
the Saturday evening before group on Sunday whether we
have enough RSVPs to have a group meeting.
Contact: ascasantaclarita@yahoo.com or text 661-450 8842
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) Santa Clarita  
If you are not able to make it to our meetings in Santa Clarita, you can attend
other ASCA meetings in Southern California (see below) or join the online ASCA

Virtual ASCA meetings via Zoom:
weekly Tuesday meetings from 5:30pm-7pm PST.  Please contact John at
ascanyc@aol.com to get the login information and orientation materials on what to
expect/how to prepare.
weekly Thursday meetings from 4pm - 5:30pm PST.  Please email
ASCABaltimoreVirtual@gmail.com for more information.

Other ASCA meetings in Southern California:
Santa Monica:
weekly Thursday meetings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, cost is
$10/meeting.  Please join the
Santa Monica ASCA meetup group
(http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Monica-ASCA) for location and meeting details.  

Ventura: weekly on Saturday mornings 10am-11am at the Reference Room in the
back of the E.P. Foster Library.  Please contact facilitator prior to your first meeting to
discuss the meeting format and to make sure meeting materials are set aside.
Facilitator: Bridgette Raivel at 410-812-8487 or braivel1@gmail.com

Long Beach: weekly Saturday meetings from 9-10:30am at St Luke's Church 5633
East Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA.  Upstairs room, stairs are visible from the
parking lot.  Please contact Matt for questions: (562) 225-5780, if text, please
mention ASCA in text.

San Diego: this is a therapist-led ASCA support group which runs for 8-10 weeks,
several times a year.  There is a wait-list to attend this group and you will need to
sign-up ahead of time.  Please call 619-692-0727 extension 118.  The provider is
Home Start Inc. 5005 Texas Street #203, San Diego, California

ASCA meetings in Hawaii:
Wailuku: weekly Wednesday meetings from 7pm.  Meeting location is at the Pono
Center in Wailuku.  Please RSVP at their meetup site:
MEETUP.COM/ASCAWAILUKU or call Wade Robson at 808-215 9240

Please visit the Morris Center ASCA web-site for links to other ASCA meetings in
the US and Internationally!

ASCA is a community based support group of peers. It is not a therapy group and
the meeting facilitators do not serve in the capacity of professionally trained
therapists. The ASCA program should not be used as a substitute for
professional care and services.

The Norma J. Morris Center and your local ASCA meeting assume no
responsibility for any damages, injuries or losses that occur as a result of
participation in ASCA support groups. You should always consult a trained
professional with any questions about your specific needs and concerns.
Always know your own limitations and factor in your own good judgment and
common sense.

Your use of any material provided on the Morris Center or local ASCA websites
or participation in ASCA support groups constitute your acceptance of the terms
in this disclaimer.
Not sure if you are a survivor of childhood abuse?

Excepts from the "Survivor to Thriver" manual page 47, adult repercussions of child
  • relationship problems - adult survivors often have a difficult time initiating,
    maintaining and enjoying relationships.  It may reflect the all or nothing
    syndrome, either too few or too many revolving door relationships or repeating
    the past abuse
  • low self-esteem - chronic feelings of being bad, unworthy, self-effacing, self-
    deprecating, self-conscious, self-blaming, and so on
  • self-sabotage - is any kind of conscious or unconscious behavior that
    undermines our successful functioning in the world.
  • sexual problems - adult survivors of sexual abuse often mistrust their
    partners, experience anxiety over the demands of intimacy and feel
    uncomfortable with their bodies, tend either to avoid sex entirely or to engage
    in compulsive sexual activity.
  • symptoms of trauma - panic attacks involving hyperventilation and severe
    anxiety.  Insomnia, sleepwalking, nightmares and night terrors.  Many adult
    survivors don't show signs of psychic trauma until years after the abuse ends,
    such as feelings of extreme anxiety, panic, general fearfulness and
    disorientation. In the most extreme cases, survivors may evidence
    dissociation, numbing of the body and intrusive, repetitive thoughts and
    flashbacks to the abuse episode(s).
  • physical ailments - The most common generalized effects include stomach
    problems, difficulty in breathing, muscular tension and pain, migraine
    headaches, incontinence and heightened susceptibility to illness and
    infection. In addition, skin disorders, back pain ulcers and asthma are
    commonly stress-related and may signify unresolved childhood abuse
    issues. In cases of sexual abuse, the breasts, buttocks, anus and genitals
    may be the site of discomfort, chronic pain and otherwise unsubstantiated
    sensations, episodes of nausea, vomiting and choking.  Incontinence has
    been found in survivors who have been sodomized. Again, we remind you that
    any or all of these problems may be caused by non-abuse-related factors or
    conditions as well.  Sexual abuse has been linked with gastrointestinal
    functioning, while leftover feelings of anger may be related to migraine
    headaches. Some research indicates that eating disorders such as anorexia
    and bulimia are more frequently found in women who have survived
    prolonged sexual abuse.  Phobias, such as claustrophobia, Sudden weight
    gain and obesity can also be related to childhood abuse.
  • handling feelings - powerful feelings can be triggered by circumstances that
    are reminders of the abuse such as anxiety, fear and anger, sadness, shame
    and guilt, rage, frustration, confusion, alienation, helplessness,
    hopelessness, powerlessness,

Please see the FAQ section for other examples of how unresolved childhood trauma
can contaminate our adult lives.