What is a Victim?
1. One who is harmed or killed by another, especially by someone committing a criminal or unlawful act: a victim of a mugging.
2. A living creature slain and offered as a sacrifice during a religious rite.
3. One who is harmed by or made to suffer under a circumstance or condition: victims of war; victims of an epidemic; victims of poverty.
4. A person who is tricked, swindled, or taken advantage of: the victim of a cruel hoax.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Criminal sexual activity, especially that involving a victim below the age of sexual consent or incapable of sexual consent.
A statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been child sex abuse victims before the age of 18.
Most female victims cover their abuse until their 30's and 40's and most male victims cover their abuse until their 40's and 50's. This cloak of secrecy may remain for a lifetime, but for many, coping mechanisms fail or victims are faced to deal with their abuse through events of their children or life events.
If you know someone who is a childhood sexual abuse victim, then you should be aware they have been deeply wounded.
This tragic cycle of hiding abuse due to false shame and fear is like putting a bandage on gangrene that eventually poisons the body: it affects marriages, children, jobs, churches, communities, and governments.
Seemingly innocent triggers such as sights, scents, clothing styles, sounds, and colors, can immediately drag a victim back to the dark memories of their past, even if they have "moved on."
If you are a victim, please continue reading in our Victim Help page.
If you know a victim, are married to a victim, or have a Samaritan's heart for victim's and want to minister to them in a meaningful and Biblical way, please see our other pages of what to say to a victim and what to do for a victim, as well as reviewing other video and book resources we have referred for your learning.
God gives HOPE and HEALING. If you are a Victim or Secondary Victim, then don't give up, and we thank you for having the courage to take the next step and initiative to help yourself or a loved one.