Saturday, August 16, 2008

Don't Be Afraid to Tell

To children who have been or is currently being sexually abuse - TELL SOMEBODY!

Just a few days ago, I was doing a bit of studying on the subject of sexual abuse. In everything I could find, the primary reasons children do not tell their parents are an adult close to them about abuse are:

* Fear of death or bodily harm (many abusers threaten small children)
** Fear of harm to parents or separation from parents (some abusers make threats to harm the parents if the child tells, or they say the state will take the children away from parents)
*** Guilt and shame (many abused children feel dirty and believe it is their own faults)

Whatever your reason for being silent, please realize that you can only get help if you confide in someone. Talk to a parent, a family member, a teacher or school counselor, or a church member. You cannot stop the abuse yourself. You need help. It isn't your fault. Don't allow shame to make you stay in a dangerous situation.

For information about surviving sexual abuse, please visit the RAINN website.

1 comment:

SharonB said...

What you are doing is wonderful! God has just recently begun to open up doors for me to use what I've been through. God continue to bring women in various phases of the healing process across my blog.

It's interesting that my blog was started just because I love to write -I process best that way. And now over a year after starting God is bringing women who want/need help in their journey toward healing.

I keep wondering is someone had told me "Don't Be Afraid to Tell" if I would have told. I mean my mother did find out once but nothing changed. No one came to my rescue, so I don't think I would have ever hoped again for the abuse to stop by telling anyone.

I just don't know....

All I know now is that God redeems the years the locust have eaten. I know HE heals the brokenhearted. I know that in Christ there is freedom and we are no longer the old but have become new....

This is what I know. This is what I want others to know....there is freedom and healing in the POWER of Christ Jesus!!!