I watched a moving story on CNN last night about a guy who suffered sexual abuse as a teen. His perpetrator was Father Toohey, a Roman Catholic priest from Baltimore, Maryland. Foregoing the shame and false guilt he had held within himself for over 20 years, Thomas Roberts, now a TV journalist, decided to share his story of sexual abuse via international television as a way of reaching out to others who were also sexually abused. Recently admitting to being a homosexual, he stated if “just one person is helped by this story of sexual abuse, then it would have all been worth it.”
Sexual Abuse and Epidemic
The fact is thousands of children and teens have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of trusted family members, friends and ministers. Many of the poor victims of sexual abuse are now single adults suffering emotional and spiritual wounds from the prior incidents.
Tragically, according to the The Archives of Sexual Behavior, many men who sexually abuse boys often are influential in leading their teen victims into the same kind of behaviour. “One of the most salient findings of this study is that 46 percent of homosexual men and 22 percent of homosexual women reported having been molested by a person of the same gender. This contrasts to only 7 percent of heterosexual men and 1 percent of heterosexual women reporting having been molested by a person of the same gender.”
As Christian singles, our hearts should go out to all victims of sexual abuse. If you are reading this as a sexual abuse survivor, I want you to know we are praying for your healing and well being. Jesus, our Healer, Saviour and Coming King promises to be with us in our trials, and give us rest. Please come to Him today, as He will never let you down.
Bible Verse of Day
-Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God- 2 Corinthians 1:3,4