What a wonderful weekend. The weather was gorgeous. Our Sunday Easter service at Port City Church was on point. And, I made fried chicken for lunch…which is always a happy time in our home! I just love Spring, and Easter is my favorite celebration. How can it not be? Celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the One who has set me free, and free indeed!
This month is all about new life, fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s about freedom for captives, reconciliation with our Creator, and the greatest rescue from death known to man (the work Christ did on the Cross). In our nation April has also been deemed National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, among several other notable causes. That is what I’m writing about today, and I’ll tell you why…
I believe God deeply cares about this issue. It is His love and care that has played an intricate part in my own healing from childhood sexual abuse, and because of that I am compelled to talk about it, shed light on it, and to point others to the hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.
When I think about it, it’s the perfect month to highlight the epidemic of sexual assault and abuse that has plagued our country for years. There is no one who can better identify, relate with, or who cares more for the hurting, marginalized, and abused than Jesus Christ! He surely knows suffering, and understands abuse, rejection, loss, and pain better than we ever will.
I’ve come to realize even more in this past year, since Journey to Heal was released, that there are so many who don’t understand the gravity of this issue in our culture. I hear comments from various sources that confirm this time and time again. Of course, why would they? Why would anyone? To be honest, I wish I didn’t know what I do on such a personal level.
To be fair, the topic of sexual abuse or assault is rarely mentioned in our mainstream media (unless referring to a recent incident perpetrated by a politician, pastor or celebrity…and then it seems to be more about the perpetrator and less about the plight of the victim). More so, the church in general tends to avoid highlighting the issue (or so it would seem). Sadly, in America alone, the number of victims of sexual trauma are growing by the hundreds – every day…women, children, and even men…from all walks of life. This must change if we hope to raise awareness and take measures to prevent it.
I believe sexual violence is well worth talking about, and that we need to talk about it on a national scale in order to begin to address it effectively and see a positive shift take place in this generation and beyond.
This month I have the great honor of being a part of the Cresset Baptist Church Sexual Trauma Seminar by sharing about my book, Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. If you are local to the Raleigh/Durham area of NC, I encourage you to come and take part in this very important conversation concerning the impact and aftermath of sexual trauma and the hope for healing. Register here for free, or click on the image below. You can also reach out to me directly for more information.
Even if you cannot attend this seminar, please take time to find out more about what you can do help someone who has experienced sexual trauma. Anyone can become a support and help to those who are hurting. Anyone can use their voice to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. I believe God deeply cares about the people behind this issue, and therefore so should we.
Will you take part in raising awareness and being a voice for someone who is hurting by sharing this post with a friend or family member?
(April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Help me raise awareness by sharing this post with friends.) #journeytohealbook #sexualtraumaawareness #cressentbaptistchurch #hope #healing
To find out more about Journey to Heal, and what is involved in the healing process for a survivor of sexual trauma, click HERE.