By bearing witness to the sexual abuse crimes committed against us and our children, and/or speaking out as adult survivors, the Incest Survivors Speakers Bureau of California is a catalyst for change by:
Bringing into focus the face of the child who still suffers sexual abuse,
Carrying the message that all of us in society are damaged by this crime,
Advocating for reform: partnering with supportive government, non-profit, and corporate entities to achieve the common goal of protecting children from abuse,
Serving as an information resource for our community,
Encouraging and supporting other survivors,
Facilitating our own healing, thus sending the message that healing is possible.
In 1993, several women in Yolo County, California, attended a workshop held in San Francisco at the Breaking the Silence/Breaking the Cycle conference on sexual abuse recovery. Speaker-playwright Libbe Halevy spoke about the need for survivors to become active in their communities by forming speakers bureaus to inform the public about the profound effects of incest.
A grassroots effort created the ISSB, whose members today speak publicly to raise awareness about the devastating emotional, physical, behavioral, medical, and societal aftereffects of child sex abuse.
From 1993-1994 we simply called ourselves The ISSB. From 1995-May 2009 we called ourselves ISSB of Yolo county. We began to have members in many other counties in California, so, finally, in May 2009, we changed our name to ISSB of California.
Click the link above to view a google docs powerpoint presentation by Jane Stevens on April 28, 2012. Jane explained the CDC's ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Studies, and how different communities are implementing ACE concepts to help children. The ACE studies prove that child sexual abuse as well as other types of traumatic childhood events prevent healthy development and have become a public health emergency.
ISSB California Officers
Andrea Ransdell, Executive Director and Founding Member Treva Kelly,Legislative Director
ISSB Advisory Board
Sandy Dubois, Founding Member Abby Hamilton, Social Worker and Founding Member Marla Stuart, Founding Member Kathy Dreyer,Founding Member
Video of 2011 Conference might some day be Posted
Dr. Colin Ross and Rhonda Begos both gave permission for us to post video footage of the Seventeenth Annual Northern California Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference which took place on April 30th, 2011, in Davis, California
Trauma Model therapy for Child Sexual Abuse a full day workshop featuring Dr. Colin Ross, of the Ross Institute in Texas, http://www.rossinst.com/, and Rhonda Begos of Rhonda Begos Speaks, http://www.rhondabegos.com Volunteers are actually still working on this, and we will post the video and or audio, hopefully, sometime in the future.