It may be a shock to many, but yes, sexual exploitation by church workers actually happens. According toLinda K. Oxford, LMFT, “Many churches naively assume that their church is a safe haven where abuse and exploitation of vulnerable others would never take place. Until it does.” No matter how hard the church covers up for the wrong acts of their priests, ministers, and other workers, the truth will still find its way out.
There are many issues nowadays about church workers who sexually abuse kids, and often the abuse takes place right in the house of worship. “There are a lot of myths and misperceptions right now,” saysBill Mochon, PsyD, a Los Angeles psychologist who facilitates group sessions for priests. There has been news about these things in the past, but after a day or two, the reports would die down.
But for a person who has heard it, and somehow believed it, how can he listen to a pastor or a parish priest’s message after hearing news about their dreadful sexual corruption of children? Plus the sad truth is that the higher-ups are covering these issues so not to ruin the image of the church.
This sexually abusing of children happens not only in the U.S. but around the world. For some, justice has been delivered, but for many, they are still at loss as to what will happen to their cases. What morality are we going to teach our kids especially those who are victims of abuse if justice will not be served to them? Continue reading Keeping The Faith According To A Therapist
According toMelissa Goldberg, PsyD, “Recent reports highlight the alarming prevalence of child sexual abuse.” It is hard for a sexually abused child to open up about her bad experience, whether to her parent, her sibling, or her friend. There is fear that no one will believe her, especially if the perpetrator is manipulating her. According toJessica Lang, LMFT, “The #1 reason children do not disclose ongoing sexual abuse is fear! They are afraid they wont be believed, that they or you will be harmed, or they will be blamed for the abuse.” Sometimes, she doesn’t want to create misunderstanding if the person who did the wrong thing to her is close to the family or a member of the family.
It takes a lot of courage on the child’s part before she can really say something or even give a hint that something bad had happened or keeps on happening to her.
There are quite a number of passages in the Bible about how a parent-child relationship should be. One is that a child should obey his parents for it is the right thing to do. In fact, this is the first commandment with a promise added to it, a promise of a prosperous and long life.