Sexual abuse has been a plague on society for thousands of years. Even the Old Testament of the Bible contains tragic stories of sexual abuse, rape, and incest. In 2 Samuel, scriptures tell us that Amnon, the son of David, contrived to get his half-sister, Tamar, alone and have sex with her. Even in those ancient days, victims were told to keep the abuse a secret. Interestingly enough, Scripture continues to talk about the brothers, the father, and the consequences for them, but not much more is said of Tamar. Thousands of years later, untold millions of children and adolescents are victims of sexual abuse and carry the wounds of that abuse into their adulthood, living in the same desolate condition as Tamar.
What Does the Bible Say About Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape?
Overcoming Sexual Abuse
You would like Yvette if you met her. She is funny, attractive and fun to be around. As a little girl, she was molested. Even after the man who harmed her was long gone she let herself be easily pressured into sex with boyfriends as a teen, and later as an adult with men she barely knew. Long after the physical pain and pregnancy scares were over, Yvette still felt a deep emotional pain.
When she said this just moments after I admitted I had been sexually abused as a child by a man I trusted, I got mad. As with many women, my scars of abuse felt unique. I was confused about what was normal and used a variety of defense mechanisms to get through life. You hide or keep people at extreme distances, afraid of being hurt again. You remain numb through adulthood.
This beautiful Heaven and Earth Wall Calendar will draw you to a theme each month to reflect upon. A passage of Scripture for each month allows for meditation on the theme for that specific month. This wall calendar will surely cause you to appreciate those wonderful graces the Lord gives us. Holy Roar is a response to that collective voice.