America has been blessed and allowed to become a very prosperous nation (though the debate is still out on whether we can still claim that title). America has mowed down the trees and built parking lots. America has built it’s cities of wealth, focusing on the latest trends, economic status, big business, and information. “Knowledge is power” they say. Our country is overwhelmed with information and means of obtaining it. Yet for all our knowledge, we have become so fast paced that we don’t notice those around us. We ignore those crying for help, but too scared and ashamed to put their cries to words. Young boys and young girls are sexually abused every day, and most of us don’t even notice until it’s too late.
When I first read Crossway’s post announcing that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew there would be collaboration among social justice organizations and churches to “…highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.”
Tragically, Megan was raped as a teenager. In this video, Megan tells us about the pain caused by this horrific event, and the triumphant healing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Megan’s pain may not have been noticed by those around her. Megan may have been forgotten by her rapist. Megan may have been rejected by guys who knew her because she was broken and hurting. I don’t know. What I do know is that Megan was never forgotten or abandoned by God, even in her darkest hour, Christ was there with her giving her hope to carry on until He healed her completely.
If you have been sexually assaulted, that same Hope is there for you as well. Please contact your local pastor for help in your healing. For a Biblical perspective, New Spring and The Resurgence recommend one of the Re:lit books, Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault.