Welcome to the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - 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
- 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 *6:30-8pm (*please note earlier |
|time), upcoming meetings are on April 22, May 6** & 20 in 2018. |
(**we will be celebrating our 7 year anniversary after the May 6th
meeting. Please join us for potluck!)
If it's your first time, please come 15 minutes earlier to
familiarize yourself with the ASCA meeting guidelines. Please
note that the doors will be locked after 7:30pm but please wait
as we will check the doors a couple of times to let in latecomers
until 8pm. No one will be let in after 8pm. 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
dates, topics, notifications and discussions.
|Where: Preciado's Ballroom Dance Studios,|
24811 Railroad Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
(between 14th and 15th St., north of Lyons Ave).
Walking distance from Newhall metrolink station
(antelope valley line).
We have the whole studio to ourselves so the meeting
is private, doors are locked during meeting.
|Parking: Please park in the free parking lot next to the studio. |
|This is the second left turn after the traffic light on 13th and |
Railroad Ave (when travelling north on Railroad Ave)
|Cost: $5-$10 donation. No one will be turned away due to lack |
|Directions: see Map|
|Contact: email@example.com or 661-450 8842|
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:
Please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to
get the login information and orientation materials on what to expect/how to prepare.
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.
Email SantaMonicaasca@gmail.com or call 424-27ASCA1 (424-272-7221) for
questions. Web-site is https://sites.google.com/site/santamonicaasca/home
Beverly Hills: This is a therapist led ASCA support group for women only. Weekly
Friday meetings from 12:30pm to 2:00 pm. Sometimes, men's only ASCA support
group are held. Please call Dr. Stefanie Stolinski at 310-788-3436 if you wish to
join their meetings. Cost is $25/meeting. Dr. Stefanie is also available for
individual therapy sessions.
Ventura: weekly on Friday mornings 10am-11am at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf,
4360 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93003. Please join their meetup group:
http://www.meetup.com/ASCA-Ventura/. Please contact Lola Redpath through
meetup for questions.
San Pedro: weekly Sunday meetings from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Meeting location is at
1403 8th St, San Pedro, CA. Donations accepted/meeting. Please call Tom Welsh
at 424 224-8222 for questions.
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
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,
Please see the FAQ section for other examples of how unresolved childhood trauma
can contaminate our adult lives.