Not all families will be supportive of the abused child. Some will actually blame him/her for the abuse. Victims may be accused of lying or labeled as delusional for making such accusations. This is experienced by victims as another betrayal.
Victims may, also, be told that they are “dirty” (or be treated by their families as if that were the case). In effect, victims can be made scapegoats for the very crimes to which they were subjected.
None of this behavior is biblical.
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven’ ” (Matt. 19: 14).
Originally posted 7/14/13
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2 responses to “In the Aftermath of Abuse, Part 3 – Families”
Amen.. Dinah and Tamar suffered abuse and had no help to recover..
God felt their pain.. but they became isolated and depressed..
If they only had support from family and friends.. they wouldn’t have been labeled as “defiled” and not suitable for marriage.. as if they were to blame..
That the stories of Dinah and Tamar can be found in the Bible demonstrates how long abuse has existed.