A Shocking Truth About Our Children

A Shocking Truth About Our Children

I had a little one as a client many years ago.  She had a great mom who believed this little one’s story of sexual abuse.  Mom immediately went into action.  She filed charges, brought her precious daughter to therapy, and was fully supported for her.  I recall before this child was to go to court I gave her one of the stuffed animals in my office.  We therapists call these transitional objects.  Mom, daughter, and I become quite attached.  Though I could not be in court with her, in a way I was.

While the above story is rich in goodness, joy and love for this child, the rest of the family and church involvement did not exist for them.  I say their heads were in the sand and they stayed in their comfort zones.

Matthew 18:10 ESV  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

Mark 9:42 ESV /    “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”

Do you really believe that children in your congregations are not being violated?  If so, I am sorry to say your heads are still in the sand.  If we don’t want to face facts, well, aren’t we collaborators of the abuse?  Maybe we are secondary abusers ourselves?  What might Jesus desire to say to us about this issue?

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What is child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexualized activity with a minor. A child cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. When a perpetrator engages with a child this way, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the survivor for years. Child sexual abuse does not need to include physical contact between a perpetrator and a child. Some forms of child sexual abuse include:

  • Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
  • Fondling
  • Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
  • Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
  • Intercourse
  • Sexual contact of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
  • Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
  • What the world calls sex trafficking (an oxymoron)
  • Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare
  • rape with things, as well as body parts
  • french kissing
  • there are more….

What is our response and responsibility with the facts?  If you don’t want to know how staggering the numbers are, don’t look.

 

 

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