Listen to Randy read some passages and poems from his book.
January 25, 2012: Randy Ellison Interviewed by Best of You Today
Read the interview here.
November 22, 2011: Randy Ellison Interviewed by Kim Guilfoyle @ FoxNews.com LIVE
How does the Penn State Scandal shed light on this topic?
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Mail Tribune October 20, 2011
Sex abuse survivor writes book about his life’s journey
Author, sex abuse advocate was silent for 40 years about his own abuse by a minister
By Sanne Specht
For one Ashland resident, the journey from victim to advocate began when he found the courage to speak about the unspeakable after decades of silence.
After being sexually abused by a charismatic youth minister when he was a naive teenager, Randy Ellison said his life became shrouded in secrets and shame. For four decades, Ellison remained silent about the devastation wrought by the trusted leader in his community — a 40-year-old married man with children of his own.
Ellison said he never told a soul what the preacher did to him. Not even when the fallout nearly destroyed his life as he battled drug and alcohol addiction and thoughts of suicide.
“I was raised not to be out front,” he said. “But the need is so great to speak about abuse.”
Today, Ellison, 60, uses his voice to fight against the scourge of child abuse — as an advocate and as an author.
KOBI TV Medford interviewed Randy on his new book “Boys Don’t Tell”. The interview ran a minute over and they still aired it uncut and without commercial break. The book is available for pre-order online with a release date of 12-1-2011 or you can get it now at Boys Don’t Tell. Watch the interview and see what you think: KOBI-TV Interview.
by Randy Ellison
By Sanne Specht
The challenge is finding the courage to speak about the unspeakable. But raising one’s voice against the scourge of child abuse is key to healing and to prevention, according to those in a position to know.
When Ashland resident Randy Ellison attended the 2009 Abuse Awareness rally in Medford’s Vogel Plaza, his plan was to speak out about how he’d suffered at the hands of a trusted preacher. But as he watched the crowd grow and listened to the survivors’ stories being read aloud by local community leaders, Ellison’s fears about going public got the better of him that day. (more…)
Randy was the Keynote speaker for the 3rd annual KIDS Center Healing Hearts Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. More than 500 community members gathered to speak out against child sex abuse — and hold the biggest fund-raiser of the year for an organization that tackles the problem every day. Click here to read more from KTVZ.com.
After keeping his secret for more than 40 years, Randy Ellison now is ‘willing to be the face of male sexual abuse victims’.
By Sanne Specht
Ashland contractor Randy Ellison never told a soul what the preacher did to him. Not when the sexual abuse started. Not when it ended. Not even when the fallout nearly destroyed his life.
“My secret became shrouded in guilt and shame,” Ellison said. “I questioned life and had regular thoughts of suicide until I was 30.”
Video of Randy Ellison’s compelling testimony, to extend the statute of limitations for Civil Actions, before the Oregon State Senate Judiciary Committee on May 28, 2009. Randy’s testimony helped push House Bill 2827 through both houses which led to a new law recognized on January 1, 2010: