Randy and Jeramy tell their story and fight to bring awareness to these heinous crimes:
Link to Video (Courtesy of Scott Nelson Productions)
- 2000+ Child Abuse cases were reported in Central Oregon in 2010
- Kids Center performed 431 child abuse evaluations
- 396 families received Family Support services
- 200+ children received therapy
On February 9, 2011, Randy Ellison spoke before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bills 425, 426, 427, 429, 430, dealing with sex trafficking.
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:
Chairman Krieger, Chairman Barker, March 7, 2011
Distinguished committee members, my name is Randy Ellison and I drove here from Ashland Oregon to testify in favor of this landmark bill. I volunteer with several organizations that deal with various aspects of child abuse, but I am here today as a citizen and survivor of child sexual abuse. There is no more important issue than that of the criminal statute of limitations on sexual abuse of a child.
A huge surprise has just popped up. Something that victims and advocates have dreamed of for years. There is a bill in the Oregon State House, HB 3057, that eliminates the criminal statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors! This change has been my number one goal since becoming a victim advocate. It was introduced by Rep Dave Hunt, the husband of the Executive Director of The Children’s Center in Oregon City.
As you are all aware, most victims don’t tell what happened to them for years, and then it is frequently only after years of therapy that they feel able to report what happened to them. (more…)
February 18, 2011
House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Barker, Chairman Krieger, distinguished committee members, my name is Randy Ellison and I am the President of OAASIS, Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service. I am here to speak in support of HB 2714. Last week when I testified on sister bills to this one in the Senate a woman made a joke in a voice intended to be overheard about our elected officials getting tired of professional lobbyists and liking to hear from common citizens. I assure you I am an ordinary citizen. I am involved in the issues and prevention of child sexual abuse because I was a victim as a teenager. My life was filled with many forms of dysfunction including alcohol and drug addictions that lasted 40 years. I was a lucky one; I lived through it and with help, have come out the other side.
February 9, 2011
Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Prozanski, distinguished committee members, my name is Randy Ellison and I am the President of OAASIS, Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service.
I am here to speak in support of Senate Bills 425, 426, 427, 429, 430, dealing with sex trafficking. A term up until a very short time ago we only heard described by UN officials referring to third world countries. Following an exposé in the New York Times it all of a sudden came very close to home. Portland Oregon was the scene and was described as the city with the second largest population of sex slaves in the US. These are not women brought in from third world countries. Sadly they are our children. Studies indicate 90% of teenage prostitutes were sexually abused as children earlier in life. They end up leaving home and become part of an invisible culture. One that most of us are barely even aware exists.
But it does. (more…)
Testimony from Randy Ellison May 28, 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Prozanski, distinguished committee members, my name is Randy Ellison and I am a victim/survivor of sexual abuse by my minister as a teenager. I have lived a life very alone emotionally and I have trusted no one. I have adamantly fought anyone, including bosses, who tried to control me in any way. Anytime someone at work tried to get me to do something I didn’t feel right about, I moved on and never looked back. I’ve had 5 different major careers and moved my family to 5 different cities and 18 different homes. I became an alcoholic and a drug addict. My daughters had to grow up without my assistance and my wife of 38 years has gone it mostly alone. The power differential between a Minister, teacher or parent and a child is as great as the difference between the mighty Mississippi and a seasonal creek. An adult that important to a child is on a pedestal and cannot possibly do wrong in the eyes of the child. I never admitted I was a victim or that my minister/mentor was a predator until 2 years ago. (more…)