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Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

A chapter in the book Beauty for Ash and Stone

Speak Out - Day 2

by MelB

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



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Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Day 2

~ Speak Out ~
 

If you are being sexually abused, please tell someone you trust immediately!  It will not stop until you speak out.  Perhaps, the abuser/s has/have told you no one will believe you or has/have threatened to harm your family members or pets.  The truth is they will continue to harm you, until they are stopped.  They may also be sexually abusing someone else, so your voice will help not only you, but that person/s too.       

If you’ve been abused in the past, and you haven’t told anyone, now is the time to find someone you can trust.  It could be a spouse, parent, sibling, relative, teacher, pastor, co-worker, bible study or group leader, or someone else.  The key is it should be an individual who is able to keep it confidential, and comfort and support you through this process.  It should not be a person who says they don’t believe you, who places blame on you or make excuses for the abuser. 

When you find a trusted individual, break the silence and tell them what happened.  It will be hard to get it out, and you may not be able to do it without shedding some tears.  There is no special way to say it -- just get the words out.  It’s not necessary to go into great detail about what happened, unless you feel you must.  You also don’t have to name the person who abused you.  When you break the silence, if the person says they don’t believe you or tries to blame you for what happened -- stop talking!  They are not someone to be trusted, and you need to find someone else.  Don’t give up though!  Find another person.  Keep looking, until you find someone you can trust.       

You can also break the silence at a sexual abuse support group and/or with a Christian counselor.  A Christian counselor can help you through the healing process and recommend a group to you at the right time.  It’s important you find a counselor you like and feel you can trust.  If you feel you can’t trust anyone, this is normal.  Sexual abuse is a violation of your personal boundaries, and if you know/knew the abuser/s, trust was broken.  Before seeking help, pray this:

Dear God, please help me to not be afraid.  Give me the strength and courage to speak out against the one/s hurting me.  Help me to find someone I can trust, and who can help me through this process.  Lead me to the right counselor and support group.  Hold me in your Mighty hand, and don’t let me go.  Amen.       

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10 NIV



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I plan to visit: shame, self hatred, denial, betrayal, fear, anxiety, anger at self, anger at God, forgiveness/unforgiveness, depression, control, trust, guilt, doubt, and more. I'm just not sure what order yet.

If there is a subject or topic you would like to see added, please let me know. I want to cover everything that survivors go through. Thanks for reading!
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