Oasis 2018

Oasis is a weekend event designed to foster spiritual and emotional healing from sexual trauma. A free concert and talk will be offered Friday evening and is open to the public.  The conference features special guests, Steve Siler Music for the Soul, Nashville, Tennessee, and  Victoria Kepler Didato MA, LPC, LSW, DAPA Director, Child Sexual Abuse Institute of Ohio. 

This event will include various survivors’ testimonies; talks on the impact of sexual trauma on our spirituality and view of God; an art gallery of survivor’s artwork and sculptures, and moving  live musical presentations with messages of hope, comfort and healing.  Mark your calendar! You won’t want to miss it. More information is coming soon.

Special Guests

  • Steve Silar

    Steve Siler is founder and director of Music for the Soul, a multi-award winning ministry using songs and stories to bring the healing and hope of Christ to people in deep pain. 

    “Somebody’s Daughter” (pornography), “More Beautiful” (breast cancer), and “Chaos of the

    Heart (suicide grief) are among the twelve highly acclaimed DVD and CD resources Steve

    has produced for the ministry.   An accomplished songwriter and music producer, he has had over 500 of his songs recorded in the Christian, pop, and country markets. 

    Nominated for four Dove Awards, Steve won the award in 2000 for Inspirational Song of the Year with “I Will Follow Christ.” “Circle of Friends” and “Not Too Far From Here” are the best  known of his nine #1 CCM songs and forty-six top ten singles. 

    As a speaker, Steve does moving live presentations sharing a message of God’s unfailing love and how we can use the pain and brokenness in our own lives to be a blessing for others.   He is the author of two books: The Praise & Worship Devotional and Music for the Soul, Healing for the Heart: Lessons from a Life in Song.

  • Victoria Kepler Didato MA, LPC, LSW, DAPA

    Victoria Kepler Didato is the founder and director of the Child Sexual Abuse Institute of Ohio located in Wooster, Ohio. The institute  offers counseling services to victims of sexual assault and their families and training and  consultation to other agencies. She received her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from  Pennsylvania State University and her masters in child and family development from the  University of Akron. She received her certification in formational counseling from Ashland  Theological Seminary. She is both a licensed social worker and a counselor in the State of Ohio  and holds Diplomate status in the American Psychotherapy Association. 

    During her career she  has worked as an adult probation officer, a prison intern, a mental health social worker, a child  abuse investigator, and a guardian ad litem in juvenile court. She has been an adjunct professor at  the University of Akron, Ashland University, Ashland Theological Seminary and Xavier  University, all in Ohio. She is the author of numerous articles and two textbooks on sexual abuse  of children: One In Four and Treatment Issues For Sexual Abuse Survivors And Offenders. Ms.  Kepler Didato has received many professional honors including being appointed Convener of the  White House Conference on Families and chosen as an Outstanding Young Career Woman of  America. She received the Service to Humanity Award by Chi Sigma Iota from the University of  Akron and was chosen the Outstanding Alumni from the College of Human Development,  Pennsylvania State University. She was appointed by then Governor Richard Celeste to Ohio’s  Task Force on family Violence. 

    She and her husband Vince, also a psychotherapist, conduct  healing retreats for families of abuse. They reside in Wooster, Ohio and have three grown  children and four grandchildren.