CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

The Secret Storm

KEYS FOR LIVING - CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

The Secret Storm

Childhood sexual abuse is an umbrella term that covers a variety of inappropriate actions with children for the sexual gratification of an older child or adult. Such exploitation is like a violent storm that leaves a chilling aftermath of fear and devastation.

What Is Childhood Sexual Abuse?

  • Childhood sexual abuse is any physical, visual or verbal interaction with a minor by an older child or adult whose purpose is sexual stimulation or sexual satisfaction.
  • Abuse is intentional, not accidental.

Who Is the Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

  • A child victim of sexual abuse is any boy or girl under the age of eighteen who has suffered a single experience or many experiences of sexual abuse.

Safe from the Storm

Childhood sexual abuse brainwashes its victims into believing that they are unlovable … or they will no longer be loved if “people find out.” What they perceive to be conditional love buries their secret all the more. Children who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse need not only a physical haven of safety, but also an emotional haven for the wounded heart. Tell them about God’s unconditional love and then be an example of His unconditional love. Help children run into the arms of Jesus to receive His emotional support and security.

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Grace Filled Words:

“You, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless … You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”

Psalm 10:14, 17

Additional Scriptures:

Proverbs 10:24-25

Deuteronomy 22:25-26

Psalms 10:14

Psalm 55 

Deuteronomy 31:6

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