This article comes to us from ChurchLeaders.com and I believe it is really important reading for the pastors who come to this site wanting to understand what is happening and how abuse affects victims as adults. (A warning for abuse survivors that there are a few sentences in the article that describe what constitutes sexual abuse, and this may be disturbing to some.)
But there is great stuff here. Including …
These truths about childhood sexual abuse and its effects have enormous implications for pastors. They will keep a pastor from telling a victim, “That was such a long time ago. Why don’t you just get over it and move on?” These truths will remind a pastor that survivors are often sexually promiscuous or struggle with chemical addiction, so he can address the underlying issue and not just the obvious behavior problems. They will also prevent him from shaming the survivor for her sinful actions, and thus adding to her despair. Equally important, the informed pastor will realize he must always refer sexual abuse victims for additional help.
Please check it out and let us know what you thought: “Innocence Lost” Helping Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Marnie C. Ferree