Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse

ASCA is a community based self-help program for adult survivors of physical, sexual, and emotional childhood abuse. The meetings are loosely based on "Survivor to Thriver" Step Work Manual which can be downloaded free from the ASCA website, at www.ascasupport.org, or from our download center. 

The purpose of our group meetings is to bring together within a nurturing and supportive environment, we who were abused  as children to share our experiences, and resources. Our aim is to transform our identities from victims, to survivors, to thrivers.


To support your participation in the meeting please review the following prior to attending your first meeting:


Group guidelines

Supportive feedback

“Guidelines for Member Interactions After and Outside the Meeting Environment”.


What to expect in our meeting, and what the meeting requests from you:


ASCA "Castro" meetings are peer facilitated and open to men and women of any age.

Our meeting has a weekly rotating format. 

The first part of the meeting consists of brief individual check-ins, the reading of our 21 steps, and one of the following formats, in weekly rotation:


1) Book study – members of the group read from a book that we are currently working on

2) Speaker meeting – one of the members chooses to share for 15 minutes their childhood experiences and the journey that led them to ASCA

3) Step study – one  member volunteers to read that week’s step.


It may also be helpful to have a copy of the "Survivor to Thriver" Step Work Manual which can be downloaded free from the ASCA website, at www.ascasupport.org, or from our download center.

You can also purchase a printed copy for $9 at our meeting.


The second part of our meeting consists of individual timed speaker shares of 4 to 8 minutes where members can speak about the, book, or step, or whatever (within group guidelines) they feel like sharing. The actual length of the share will depend on the number of attendees. 

New comers may feel intimated for the first few meetings, so you can also pass and not speak at all. We have all been there!


After sharing, members can choose to receive supportive feedback. We then go on to the next speaker, and so on, until all have spoken or passed. Please feel free to pass if you don’t feel like speaking.


You may experience some strong feelings that may seem unexplainable or unexpected. 

See if you can allow yourself to experience these feelings here among other survivors.


Should you feel safer leaving the room, please do so quietly. If you would like someone to accompany you, quietly ask one of the co-facilitators, or raise your hand so that we may ask for a volunteer to go with you.


In our meetings, we allow speakers to decide if, after their share, they’d like to receive “supportive feedback” from other members of the group. Learning to give feedback within ASCA guidelines can be a challenging process. Please read the handout on giving supportive feedback and familiarize yourself with it before deciding to give feedback to a speaker.


We close our meeting with brief individual check-outs, and reading our closing statement together.

All members are encouraged to read “Guidelines for Member Interactions After and Outside the Meeting Environment”.

Castro ASCA,
Nov 1, 2014, 6:15 PM