If you want to help a person who has been sexually abused listen to the wisdom of Hebrews 13:1-4, which tells us to look upon the mistreated as if we ourselves were abused. Yes, imagine what it would be like to be abused, so that we can show compassion and hear their story.
Gail is a survivor of sexual abuse and she says, “the individuals who have been the biggest help to me are other survivors of abuse because they can understand the intensity of my feelings and why I don’t just ‘get over it.’ They let me repeat myself. They give me the freedom to be angry over and over again.”
Let us learn from Gail and simply listen.
For additional ways to help a person who has been abused, see the How I Can Help handout from the Center for Women in Transition in Holland, Michigan.