The Causes and Consequences of Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis shared 21 Reflection Points at the “Protection of Minors in the Church” meeting in the Vatican yesterday. Number 9 on increasing awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse grabbed my attention.

Reflection Point # 9: Increase awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse through ongoing formation initiatives of Bishops, Religious Superiors, clerics and pastoral workers.

I thought, yes; society needs to “increase awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse” and all other forms of abuse too.

That’s one of the main goals for this writing endeavor. I’ll be writing more on the causes of abuse at a later time. This post recounts the consequences of sexual abuse.

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The Child Sexual Abuse Scandal

You should never write an open letter when you are angry. I’ll make an exception this time. – I’m mad about the so-called child sexual abuse scandal and the Catholic Church.

To call it a scandal is to imply gossip, shame, and, disgrace. The wounds are profoundly deeper than personal feelings or hurt pride.

The Roots for child sexual abuse go back a long way — the problem roots in deception and fulfilling the sinful desires of the flesh.

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Why Abuse Happens

You can grasp why abuse happens to overcome the torment or remain trapped in darkness with fear. – Abuse scars a victim’s heart and oppresses the mind. Downtrodden in spirit, victims have a difficult time letting go of the story.

The story of abuse becomes a record, playing over and over again in the recesses of the mind. Victim’s recount what happened, and hold onto the pain and suffering caused by others.

Victims remain trapped in darkness long after the affliction has ended.   

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The Abuse Offenders Challenge

In recent years, several Internet challenges went viral online. The aim is to dare others to do or repeat a challenge. And some challenges are downright dangerous and even life-threatening.

This got me to thinking! Why not create an internet challenge to help victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

So, I came up with “The Abuse Offenders Challenge.”

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