About Randy

Speaker, writer and author of the book Boys Don’t Tell: Ending the Silence of Abuse, Randy Ellison is a child-sexual-abuse, victim’s advocate and an activist promoting cultural change working with local, state and national organizations. Randy also does contract work for nonprofits dealing with awareness and prevention of intimate violence. He addresses abuse prevention and healing for survivors from a survivor’s perspective.

In 2011 Boys Don’t Tell; Ending the Silence of Abuse was published, which tells the story of Randy reporting his abuser to the church and getting them to understand and take responsibility for what was done to him under their watch. It is an inside look at how destructive abuse can be and how a survivor can turn their life around and learn to thrive. In addition the book is a first hand look at institutional betrayal, in this case, the church. Boys Don’t Tell is available on this website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or can be ordered from your local bookstore.

Randy works with several organizations on abuse prevention and awareness. He is a member of SAIV, The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence. He was a founding member and former Board President of OAASIS, Oregon Abuse Survivors in Service, based in Portland. More recently Randy has been using his background to involve faith communities is prevention and healing of intimate violence. He believes it is time for people of faith to lead the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.

Randy is a member of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force working on Legislative and Public Policy. In 2009 Randy helped change the civil statue of limitations in Oregon on sex abuse of children to one of the most liberal in the country. In the 2011 legislative session he advocated with others to help pass the first Human Sex Trafficking laws in Oregon.

In October, 2013 Randy was awarded the Diane Sandler Award for Excellence in Sexual Violence Response at the Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium.

Randy lives in Southern Oregon with his wife of 44 years, Helen, and together they have two daughters and 5 grandchildren.

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Randy Ellison
Mailing Address
305 Liberty Street
Ashland, OR  97520
E-mail: randy@boysdonttell.com