I imagine you saw it blasted across Facebook and Instagram.
I am sure you caught a news article or two this past month where someone broke the silence of their story.
It makes sense that you would, since the month of April being National Sexual Assault and Awareness Month (#SAAM). It is sad to think that in our country sexual violence is so predominant that we have to designate a month out of every year to talk about it in order to raise awareness. But I am so glad that we are talking about this more today than ever before, and I’m thankful to have a voice I can use to speak up for those who cannot yet speak for themselves.
This past month I spoke at Cresset Church in Durham, NC, as a part of their efforts to raise awareness. It was their first ever sexual trauma seminar. The goal was to break the silence and offer hope for healing. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for the senior pastor, Mike Green, and the many different leaders at Cresset Baptist Church involved in coordinating this event for their community – in particular, Michelle Viscuse (click to find out more about her story HERE). Their hearts to shed light on this dark topic was evident in all that took place. Their efforts to not only break the silence but to also offer resources and intentional aftercare were so well received and appreciated by all who attended.
Here is a video clip of my talk with audio of a couple survivor stories I shared (unfortunately my video clips and power point notes are not shown in this video).
Coming away from that seminar I thought of you and the many women who have shared their stories with me in this past year. I thought of the many families represented, specifically the children involved. I have seen first hand the healing power of telling someone your story, and how breaking the silence can lead to living in freedom from the pain of this offense – not only for you, but for your family as well.
My hope is to see the Body of Christ speak out even more about sexual violence; to inform, educate and inspire men and woman to take the needed steps towards healing, so they can live life and live it to the full.
I will be hosting the next Journey to Heal Online Study over the next seven weeks in conjunction with a Journey to Heal face to face study taking place at Cresset Church, starting May 11th. If you or someone you love has experienced sexual trauma and would like to take the next step towards healing, consider joining my free online study HERE.
You can catch the entire Cresset Baptist Church Sexual Trauma Seminar event video HERE.
If you would like to see your church host a seminar on this topic in the near future, I would love to talk more with you on how to bring that about. You can reach out to me via my “contact” page, or by simply emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking time to read and listen. I’m hopeful that the more and more we shed light on this dark crime, the less we will see it taking place in our communities. Just by reading this blog post you are playing a key role in awareness and prevention. Thank you!