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1in6 Thursday: Behold the Turtle

Researcher Brené Brown became an overnight celebrity after she gave a TED Talk about vulnerability and shame that has been viewed over nine million times. Everything she says about vulnerability and shame can be directly applied to survivors of child sex abuse. As a researcher, she states that it is a scientific fact that connection is the basis for human life and shame unravels connection. That spells problems for us survivors, because our most powerful emotion is shame. She goes on to say that shame …

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Let’s Try this Again

Posted by randy on February 1, 2013 A week ago I posted an article I wrote on standing up for victims and breaking free from the auto response of defending the accused. That part went over okay. The part that people got stuck on and pushed back hard on was this: “So here is a new reality check: We must find a way to accept that people who do offend are more than the crime. The result becomes one where both the perpetrator and the victim can …

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A Little Perspective Please

Posted by Randy on January 22, 2013 I belong to a group in Southern Oregon called CAN, Child Abuse Network. We meet monthly to discuss child abuse, the work each of us are doing and what we can do together to help end this horrific epidemic. An outcome of one of our meetings was to take a public stand on community responsibility to monitor offenders and support victims. We wrote an op-ed based on local cases and what we saw as past failures and how …

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Southern Oregon Public Television Interviews Cindy McElhinney

Recently I had the privilege to participate via Skype in a recorded interview for Immense Possibilities, a weekly program on Southern Oregon Public Television.  This innovative program shines the light on people and groups solving challenges to create healthier more vibrant communities.  Jeff Golden, the host of the program, put forth the following questions about D2L and the work we do.  My interview will be included in an upcoming episode on child sexual abuse prevention and the work being done in Medford Oregon by the …

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Sex abuse prevention expands to Hispanic residents in Medford, Oregon

A$50,000 federal grant is allowing the Children’s Advocacy Center to get Spanish-language messages about preventing child abuse out into the Hispanic community, said Marlene Mish, executive director. In the past, Mish has had to bring a translator while performing Darkness to Light outreach education about child sexual abuse within the Hispanic community. SEVEN STEPS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE • Learn the facts and understand the risks: Realities — not trust — should influence your decisions regarding children. • Minimize opportunity: If you eliminate …

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Child Re-Victimized in Court

Randy Ellison is using his voice to speak up for those who can’t and he is fired up about a recent sex abuse trial in Jackson County Oregon where a ten-year old child was forced to re-enact her abuse in court.  Hard to believe, yes, and Randy was left questioning why some public opinion seems to be centered around the guilt or innocence of the defendant and his rights while a judge allows a child to be re-victimized in court.  Read Randy’s opinion piece recently …

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Nonprofit group works to raise awareness about child sexual abuse

By Erin Maxson April 14, 2010 MEDFORD, Ore. – A program is trying to change the way Southern Oregon communities handles child sexual abuse. According to Darkness to Light, a national nonprofit that that seeks to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, 30-percent of children never reveal to anyone they were sexually abused and 80-percent initially deny they were abused. The Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Program wants to take the responsibility off of children. “This is a paradigm switch that says, ‘you know …

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