The Daily Dash: September 26, 2018 {Non-Political Discussion on Sexual Abuse}

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I’m finally speaking out on past events in my life and how they overlap with today’s most controversial political story…


The Daily Dash: September 26, 2018 {Non-Political Discussion on Sexual Abuse}

IN THE NEWS:
* South Carolina faces more flooding as rivers continue to swell
* Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 years in jail
* Will Smith celebrated his 50th birthday by bungee jumping over the Grand Canyon
* National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

IN THE WORD:
Crises always reveal a person’s true character ~ Oswald Chambers

IN MY LIFE:
There’s been something on my mind for a long time and I couldn’t put off sharing it any longer since it parallels what’s happening in our current political climate today.

Judge Kavanagh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women now, but the situation Dr. Ford is accusing him of in high school ironically parallels something similar I experienced in high school. While I don’t take any accusations lightly (because I know the strength & courage it takes to come forward), I also believe every individual involved deserves a fair trial.

What finally made me speak up about this situation is that I’ve been struggling for a couple months on whether or not to confront the men who hurt/violated me in the past.

I’ve always been very transparent with you about the instances of sexual abuse in my past, but there are certain ‘instances’ I’ve never counted in the tally I’ve previously shared. Through counseling, I’ve recalled other instances that have happened and have contemplated whether or not I should reach out to the offenders, not for explanations, but to offer forgiveness and complete my own healing cycle. After all, sometimes the prisons we put ourselves in are worse than those of the judicial system.

While I don’t excuse the behavior of the offenders, most of them have moved on to have families of their own and are doing good things with their lives and for the community. It’s made me question whether it’s worth dredging up the past and for what reason. If I have made peace with myself and God, do I really need to re-hash those experiences and relationships?

That being said, I never excuse staying in an abusive situation or allowing a perpetrator to go on preying on the innocent.

I don’t have a definitive answer, but as the “Why I Didn’t Report” hashtag surfaces, I couldn’t ignore my personal dilemma in light of the current culture. For now, I will say I don’t believe I have to right every single wrong from my past and instead choose to forgive and focus on my future.

PRAYER FOCUS: Grace & Truth
May we all both pursue and extend grace & truth today.

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