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How to Welcome Survivors of Sexual Abuse


How to Welcome Survivors of Sexual Abuse

          In the U.S.A., 25% of the women have been sexually abused. You women's ministry probably has more survivors than you think.  


          The God of all comfort, comforts you in all your troubles, so you can comfort those in any trouble. God teaches us to be tender, and it is critical that people respond to survivors of sexual abuse in a welcoming and compassionate way. 


          Sexual abuse affects a person down to their core, completely unraveling some people. Many survivors feel their safety has been stolen from them, plus with the added shame most survivors feel this can easily send them down a dangerous and depressing road. It takes courage to admit sexual abuse happened. Your response to them will help them heal, or it will add to their trauma.  

          If anyone ever opens up to you about being sexually abused, safety is number one. This can look different depending on the circumstances. First, you need to believe them. Ask questions to learn if they are in a safe place now. Help them find the right kind of support, and RAINN.org is the largest sexual abuse healing organization in America--they are a great first step in finding local help. 


          Satan likes to work in the dark, but when people learn to talk about the hard truths in sexual abuse healing, then God shines His light and transforms the broken hearted. In Jesus, there is real healing. 


          You might feel uncomfortable having such a raw conversation. If so, just pause and ask God to direct your words; this will result in you being a good listener, which is exactly what the survivors needs to open up. Often, the best thing is to just listen. And don't feel like you have to be able to relate; you are simply called to comfort those who have troubles. 


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Stefanie Jane Martino’s passion is sharing hope In healing. As the survivor of sexual abuse, she is an author, speaker, singer and prayer-warrior who illuminates dark places, exposes hidden fears and inspires courage as she brings women into God's loving light. Invite her to speak at your next event HERE.  


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