She was very young when her uncle caught her alone in the garage. For many years, she remembered only the feeling of being trapped in the corner, staring at a spider web. Later, the memories surfaced, and she realized what her uncle had done to her – how he had stolen her innocence and whispered, “Don’t tell.” Because she had been raised in a Christian family and taught to obey authority, she did what her uncle demanded. She never, ever told.
Statistics remind us that one in every 3-4 girls are sexually abused. This abuse can be in many forms; i.e. sexual contact, repeated use of sexual language, exposure to pornography, inappropriate attention directed toward the body, boundary violations, etc. It can happen in infancy, childhood or any time during a woman’s life – including the rape of the elderly.
At GateWay of Hope Ministries, we understand the trauma of sexual abuse and how it can taint a woman’s life. We are here to help, to offer hope and encouragement and to gently usher women toward restoration.
On Monday, September 12th, we will begin a new group called Women Restored. Using materials from Restoring the Heart Ministries, GateWay will provide a safe place to face what was done to us and find the healing offered through Christ. If you’re interested in finding out more, contact Rebecca at 913.393.GATE (4283).