Child of God

 

 

A few weeks ago, a woman in a small Midwestern town was raped. The local newspaper reported the crime to the community—as it should. However, they also chose to report specific details of the assault: exactly what the perpetrator did to his victim, in language specific enough to re-create the scene for readers from age eight to eighty-eight.

In other words, the reporter and the management of the newspaper publicly raped the woman again, this time in front of the entire community.

I first learned about this story because a close friend told me about it—an influential woman who lives in this community. She and her husband own an upscale business and are known for their community influence. When she complained to the newspaper about the insensitive nature of the coverage, management immediately offered her free advertising for an upcoming event she was promoting.

I find it interesting and not at all coincidental that the woman who was victimized first by the sexual assault and secondly by the media was a local prostitute. I do not believe for one moment that if the woman victimized had been my friend that she would have received the same coverage in the press.

Before we jump to judgment, I’d ask us all to evaluate who we see and how we respond when we look into the face of the broken. Do we see a child of God? Do we see our own battered son, daughter, mother, or father? Or do we see a prostitute?

And what do we offer in response? Judgment? Or hope, compassion, and Jesus’ hands of healing?

I invite you today to listen to a song written by my dear friend Steve Siler at Music for the Soul, written for women who have been victimized by sex trafficking or caught in the sex trade. My prayers go out today to a dear woman in the Midwest – a Child of GodMy prayer is that God gives me the opportunity to speak hope into your life in the weeks ahead.

New Trauma Blog Launched

This week several friends and I launched a new blog on the topic of trauma at http://ptsdtraumahopehealing.com/. Over the past two years, I’ve become increasingly interested in the topic of trauma, and I’ve been privileged to get to know some of the best trauma therapists in the world and see the results of their work in the lives of my closest friends.

And every day as I watch the news. read Facebook posts, talk to growing numbers of hurting friends and relatives, and listen to the sounds of emergency vehicles racing past my window, my sense of urgency grows.

An epidemic of untreated trauma has gripped our nation. We busy ourselves treating its symptoms–addictions, eating disorders, self-abusive behaviors, compulsions, etc. and entertain ourselves watching people on television struggle through the symptoms in endless cycles: Hoarders, Intervention, Biggest Loser, Celebrity Rehab, and numerous other shows.

But we seldom treat the root cause: trauma.

I invite you to join me and my friends (the Trauma Queens) and share your trauma story. Many of us have found hope and healing through effective treatments.

Some of us have walked through lifetimes of frustration seeking help for the wrong thing first in treatment centers and counseling that address peripheral issues. And many of us have been shamed for not “getting over” our trauma sooner and seeking treatment.

We’ve developed relationships with some of the nation’s top trauma experts. We’re making connections with organizations involved in human trafficking. Next week my associate and I will be speaking at a nationally-recognized agency that is launching an initiative for children who have been trafficked.

We invite you to become part of the community of hope on Facebook as well at PTSD Trauma Hope and Healing (https://www.facebook.com/PtsdTraumaHopeAndHealing).

If you know someone who’s experienced a crisis where their life was threatened or someone they loved was threatened and they struggle with symptoms of PTSD, please tell them there IS hope.

If you know someone whose baby underwent invasive medical procedures as an infant before 1986 and now struggles with symptoms of PTSD, please tell them about our blog. The medical community did not believe that babies experienced pain before the mid- to late 1980s and often did surgery on infants without painkillers or anesthesia. Many of those children today suffer with symptoms of PTSD and are unaware of its relationships to their childhood trauma and, more importantly, that effective treatment is available.

Few things areImage as exciting as seeing someone without hope find it again. Those who struggle in cycles of addiction, self-abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other behaviors often live without hope.

The truth can set you free.