Yesterday the Oregonian published an article on FabulousPDX.com publisher Robert Paul Patton’s arrest on allegations of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography — and his prior conviction for sexual abuse. PQ Monthly is examining this case, but in the meantime we wanted to share some resources for victims of child sexual abuse or anyone who witnesses or suspects abuse.
The website for Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service (OAASIS) provides a listing of local therapists, local and national resources, and information on how to report abuse. According to OAASIS:
If you see a child in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
Report non-emergency suspicion or evidence of child-abuse to the state Department of Human Services, local law enforcement or state police.
Most Oregon counties also have child-abuse hotlines:
Multnomah: 503-731-3100, 1-800-509-5439
Washington: 503-681-6917, 1-800-275-8952
For numbers for other counties or additional information, visit the DHS website.
For a more personal look at life for a survivor of sexual abuse, see PQ’s article on Iciyapi Tate O’Shaughnessy.