The scars of silence
Sexual abuse isn’t something we talk about. For victims, the shame and fear of others knowing keeps the secret locked away. For others, the whole subject is just too risky and fraught with danger. And so we stay silent, allowing deep wounds to fester for years, draining vitality out of life.
I am not the only one who thinks this must change. In this video, Scotty Smith, Justin Holcomb and Trillia Newbell discuss how congregations can practically recognize, love, and care for victims of sexual abuse.
The most powerful point in this exchange for me came from Pastor Holcomb. He says, “The first thing is just having a culture within the church where you actually expect people to share their burdens with others.”
That sounds dangerously like the Gospel.