Because this blog is growing and being shared by thousands, I am hearing more and more from adults who were sexually abused when they were children. I must tell you that every time I hear another story, my heart bleeds just a bit more. I had no idea that so many children have suffered silently in this horrifying pain!
It is always so wonderful when I hear of victims of abuse who have come through this dark, painful tunnel of despair and are now survivors. They’ve made it! Most of them will say, “I’ve found a Savior. My God delivered me from the pain that was part of my life all of my childhood. I no longer feel the chains of shame. I no longer struggle with the daily fear. I no longer am filled with hatred and rage. I am free.”
But, for many, I hear the heart wrenching words, “I want to die. I am physically impaired because of the abuse. I feel unloveable. I feel ashamed. And, I don’t know how I can go on. Nobody could every love somebody like me!”
It is because of these precious ones that I am veering from my normal blogging, and feel an inner stirring to send a message to you today. And, that message is this: “Every human soul is precious!” I’ll say it again, “Every human soul is precious!”
It is a known fact that countless children of abuse suffer with ongoing depression, and often that depression spirals out of control into a traumatic depression that leaves the child suicidal. Thoughts of ending life are appealing because they cannot find a way out. Feeling alone and lonely are two of the most difficult emotions to deal with on a daily basis. Add to that the feeling of unworthiness to be loved, and there is an inner emotional turmoil and tug-of-war that clouds a child’s thinking.
Several weeks ago, I came across one of the most heart-to-heart videos and articles on suicide and depression that I’ve ever seen, and I want to share that with you. As I said, I feel as though God is nudging me to share this video. Maybe, just maybe, a life will be spared because of it.
Seth Adam Smith, writer and blogger, tried to end his life — not because of child abuse, but because he felt alone. He felt desperate. He felt the world could go on without him and nobody would ever notice. Thankfully, people are now seeing beyond the stigma attached with depression and are finally opening up and talking.
It is my most sincere prayer today that if you are contemplating suicide you will seek help. tel:1-800-273-8255 “You are worthy. You are beautiful. You are loved.”
If you were abused as a child there is NOTHING you did to deserve this! There is no need to feel shame! There is no need to allow this abuse to take more life from you! It is time to heal!
Please watch this video. Allow it to help you. Listen to words. Play it over and over again until it sinks in. You are valuable. You are loved! You are precious! You are believed! There is help! *Note: Since posting this, the video has been listed as “private”, and I apologize for that. Hopefully, it will be made public again. The resources under the video are fantastic, and the thoughts in the article are so very helpful, too.
This message is brief today, but it comes with powerful prayers that God will direct this to those who need to hear these words today. Please don’t feel alone any more. It’s time to break the chains of bondage that abuse has held over you for so long!
It’s time to be free of depression and suicidal thoughts. It’s time for healing to take place! It’s time for you to know how valuable and precious you are!
“No child should ever have to live with the fear, trauma, and shame of child abuse.”
Thank you for using your eyes and ears to look for signs of sexual abuse in children. Thank you for reporting suspected abuse to the authorities. Thank you for being a trusted adult who cares! Thank you for partnering with me in this child advocacy effort.
PS Next time we will resume with our regular blogging format. We will be talking about why and how the actions of pedophilia escalate and become more open. I think you’ll be surprised at what you learn!
If you are in need of a speaker for your group about how to prevent child abuse, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .