It's never too late to begin the healing process from childhood sexual abuse. It's never too early to fall in love with the person God created you to be. Long ago someone made a choice to take away your innocence, but today that someone can't touch your freedom to heal.

Friday, March 23, 2012

When I Was a Child, I Thought Like a Child (part 2)

"What happened to Billy?" Many ask.

Billy, not his real name, was the hired teenage field hand who attempted to molest me.

"I don't know." Is my answer.

As I mentioned in my last post, my father was a part of what Tom Brokaw dubbed, The Greatest Generation, they spoke little with their lips. They shouted by their actions.

My dad and I never spoke about the situation between Billy and me in the barn, nor did he speak to my mother about it. My father has since passed away, and I didn't tell my mother about the incident until after my father died.

But this is what I remember: Watching my dad stride toward the barn and feeling bad for Billy. I think I got Billy in big trouble.

This is what I know: I never saw Billy again. And my father was never charged with assault or murder.

I understand that it's difficult to comprehend why a child would care about the person who attempted to molest them or molested them, but it is a concept we must embrace in order to best protect our children from abuse.

Cec Murphey addressed this issue on his blog ,Shattering the Silence , this week. He explains the affection he felt toward one of his perpetrators. I think it will help us have a better understanding of how children think. Please click here: Emotional Confusion .

When we remember what it was like to think like a child, we gain a better understanding how to protect children from sexual abuse.

Exciting news: We plan to have my story, Rise and Shine: A Tool for the Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse, available on-line by mid-April. Please help us spread the word. Locate "Like" us on FaceBook next to this post. Watch the book trailer on our FaceBook page, and "Share" it. Let us help you protect your children, and you can help us protect the children of the world.

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