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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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Sightless Among Miracles

On a return trip from Portland recently I had coffee dates with two male survivors.  They shared their stories of what happened to them as children at the hands of their parents. One man’s sexual abuse started at age four. It ended at age nineteen when, after a particularly brutal event (the last time he ever saw his father), he ended up in the hospital needing reconstructive surgery. He told me he thought it was easier for him to live with the memories because it …

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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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