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Devotion Day 1

A chapter in the book Beauty for Ash and Stone

Loneliness - Day 1

by MelB

The author has placed a warning on this post for sexual content.



Background
Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Day 1

~ Loneliness ~
 
You've been sexually abused, whether one time or numerous times, and you may think you're alone. It hasn't happened to any of your friends, and you don't know anyone personally who has experienced it. But, the truth is, you are not alone. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them.

Since many keep silent, the number of sexual abuse and rape cases are much higher than as noted above. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities. More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.

From the statistics above, you are definitely not alone. No one understands feeling alone more than Jesus. In his darkest hour, Peter denied him three times. The other disciples left him, and one, Judas Iscariot, betrayed him for money (Luke 22). Peter and the two sons of Zebedee couldn't stay awake, as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing he was going to die (Matthew 26:36-46). As Jesus was being crucified on the cross, he cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

God will never leave us or forsake us, even in our greatest times of trouble.* As you go through this process of dealing with your current or past abuse, I encourage you to journal your feelings. Maybe, you've never told anyone what happened to you. You may feel there is no one you can trust. God is with you, my friend. He wants you to know you can trust Him. He cares about everything you are feeling. If you are unsure what to journal, pretend you are writing a letter to a friend. Write your every thought. Before you begin to journal, pray this:

Dear God, I've kept quiet for so long about what happened to me. Will you help me start to work through what I'm feeling? Please help me not to be afraid. Help me to be strong and courageous. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

*If you are angry with God, and feel like He abandoned you when you were abused, God understands. Be honest and get it out as you journal. Tell Him exactly how you feel/felt. We will return to this topic later.


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* When I have a page number, I will include it in the note at the bottom. That way, the reader can go directly to the Anger at God page, if they would like to.
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