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Effects Of Child Abuse

If someone was abused as a child, either physically or sexually, and they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior later in life, how does one overcome the effects that the abuse caused?

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 ---Donna9759 on 12/5/06
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---dsda on 4/13/08

Child abuse, either physical or sexual, sends all sorts of mixed messages to a child, and they internalize a lot of lies about who they are, and the reason for the abuse. It usually takes another person guiding the victim to work through the feelings and redirect the thinking of that person. That is why I recommend therapy for abuse victims. Also, being in a discipleship relationship with an older mature Christian helps tremendously as well.
---Madison1101 on 8/24/07

Forgive the one who did this. Forgive, forgive, forgive...
---marietta on 12/14/06

You seek medical/professional help before you hurt someone else.
---Josh on 12/14/06

Very true. That's why I had two paragraphs.
However, there may be pedophiles that are psychotic/narcisstic, or even bipolar. The coach I described last summer was a combination. One diagnosis does not fit all.
---Shiela on 12/8/06

Two recent school teachers with bipolar disorder/pedophiles are Mary Kay Letourneau and Debra LaFave. There are no hard, fast profiles.

Usually childhood abuse is factor, not always.
They're popular with children and adults.
Appear to be trustworthy, in good standing in community.
Single out children who seem troubled or in need of attention.
And the list goes on.
---Shiela on 12/8/06

Shiela: You start out talking about the recovery rate of pedophiles and then refer to someone who is bipolar. The two are not the same thing. Bipolar disorder is a chemical disorder in the brain, and it has nothing to do with whether or not someone is a pedophile. A person with bipolar might be a pedophile and vice versa, but they are not always linked.
---Madison1101 on 12/7/06

Pedophilia, recovery rate is rare. So rare, the names are registered for the public.
We know Jesus came to set the captives free.

The minds of abused children consumed with anger move on to abusing. The cycle of abuse. I know 60 yr olds with years of professional help, still bipolar and no relief. Jesus Christ can repair damaged minds and hearts. The mentally/emotionally abused are set free when they die. I wish we'd hear more positive reports of victory, deliverance - while they were alive.
---Shiela on 12/6/06

how long do these new blog titles stay posted on this website?
---Lisa on 12/6/06

I relate to Madison's comments. While we are to seek God in all things, we should also make use of what we are given. Professional help is a good thing. It is common to be ashamed and/or feel guilty for things beyond our control. Getting help sorting life out is not a weakness, it is a strength. Just as you would never leave a broken arm to mend itself, it is wrong to leave a confused mind to solve it's own disability. Christian counseling is available. Prayer helps much.
---mikefl on 12/6/06

By the renewing of our minds through the washing of the Word.
---Christina on 12/5/06

Good question, Donna.

It's bound up with forgiveness.

And more than one person has observed that working through forgivness of injuries done to oneself is like peeling an onion--there are layers and layers.

The first step is to WANT to forgive--and keep on forgiving.
---Jack on 12/6/06

I think 1st you have to decide if you are angry with God for letting the abuse happen. I mean if God can do anything then why didn't he protect you from being abused? The whole free-will for the perpetrator is not of any comfort. Look at where your child's heart placed God and see if that's correct. Once you know where to place God you can move forward.
---grace3869 on 12/5/06


Suggested readings:

"Changes that Heal" and "Healing is a Choice."
---Crystal on 12/5/06

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