Abuse in the Bible

“No, my brother!” She (Tamar) cried. “Don’t’ be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel.”  2 Samuel 13:12 The Bible is a book of reality as it portrays the brokenness in the world without attempting to “cover up” the potential damage one...

The Girl Who Had No Hope

I was deeply saddened reading about a 20 year old girl who was granted euthanasia due to, what her doctors diagnosed, ‘incurable’ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from being sexually abused from the ages of 5-15. Boy, doesn’t that one sentence...
Pushing Down Walls

Pushing Down Walls

Emily’s* Story: “What’s your story, Emily?” My head snapped up, startled, toward the voice at the end of a table filled with friends. All eyes turned to me. I scrambled to compile something coherent, but even as I opened my mouth, I knew I hadn’t. What is my...
My Struggle with Pornography

My Struggle with Pornography

Marie’s* Story: As a child, I did not learn how to express any negative emotions. I experienced sexual abuse at the age of 5 and at this young age I learned to use masturbation to comfort myself. With that and some confusing messages about my own sexuality as a...
My Childhood Chaos

My Childhood Chaos

Elise’s* Story: My parents divorced when I was 6 and I have no memory of them together. My Mom, who had been a stay-at-home mom, was suddenly a single working parent. It was a very big change for a very little girl. Both of my parents remarried within a year....