Getting Help

Survivors

  • Begin with prayer, scripture and meditation.  Always remember that God’s love will see you through.
  • If you are in immediate danger call the police or go to an emergency room.
  • Please use a condom during every sexual encounter.
  • Consider counseling with a mental health professional.
  • Speak with a trusted member of your local church for Christian counseling.
  • Seek drug counseling for illegal and prescription drug abuse.
  • Schedule and keep a health care appointment. Discuss the sexual abuse and any issues you may have with an eating disorder, stress and alcohol and drug use.

Parents

  • Begin with prayer, scripture and meditation.  Always remember that God’s love will see you through.
  • Report the abuse.
  • Do not accuse your child of lying, call them names or blame them for the abuse.
  • Do offer love and support.
  • Above all things, keep your child away from the abuser.
  • Consider family counseling.
  • Have your child evaluated by a health care professional.
  • Remember that you are also a victim – seek sources of support for the stress you are experiencing.

Partners

  • Do not encourage your partner to drink or use drugs to cope with the pain.
  • Listen to cues regarding sex – don’t manipulate or force your partner to do things sexually that they are uncomfortable with.
  • Verbal, emotional and physical abuse are absolutely forbidden.
  • Do not tell your partner to “just get over it”.
  • Listen, love and support by being patient, kind and encouraging your partner to get help.

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