There is a very good chance that you walked past someone in church last Sunday who has been sexually assaulted—but has never shared that with anyone. According to the Department of Justice, one in four women, and one in six men, are sexually abused in their lifetime. Throughout almost four decades of ministry, I’ve found that most people hide their abuse, are ashamed, and often blame themselves. They are the silent sufferers.
And why are they silent?
Perhaps they fear they won’t be believed. Perhaps they don’t view the church as a safe place to share. I’m praying that will change. I’m praying that we, the church, will reach the silent sufferers with the hope and love of Christ. I’m praying that we will offer them the healing work of Christ and the beauty of redemption.
The traumatized need safety and encouragement. They need real help and assistance with recovery. And the church should be where they can find it. I’m sharing my heart about that today over at Revive Our Hearts on the True Woman blog. You can see that post by clicking here.
Will you join me in this prayer for the silent sufferers?