The Abundant Life Blog
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on October 30, 2017 at 4:40 PM|
I was just looking over the blog from 2014 and noticed a blog I wrote of sexual assualt following allegations against Bill Cosby and university students which sparked outrage at the time. Here in 2017, a new set of allegations spark outrage. While there is a place for outrage, I would contend that there is also a need for outreach.
Sexual assault is one of those things that causes extreme struggles with shame and as a result, it is kept secret. Secrets that hurt. Yet we know that bringing these things to light is key in stopping the behavior. Those who assault get help or restricted from hurting others (e.g. they go to jail). Even when this does not occur, bringing it to light helps reduce the likelihood of others being hurt.
So here is the challenge, lets support those who need to speak up. Pray for them. Support local charities that support healing from sexual exploitation. Refrain from jokes and questioning if victims are faking it (faking is very, very rare). Create an atmosphere in which victims can heal and move from being victims to being survivors.