It’s no easy task addressing serious issues such as abuse and violence. Even within the Church, where honesty and help should abound, such issues are often tucked away rather than tackled. That’s why I so appreciated the way Trillia Newbell handled this difficult topic. She displayed great grace and wisdom—and courage—in an article posted at The Gospel Coalition titled “Remember the Victims—Like Me.”
Newbell boldly calls on the Church to raise its awareness level regarding this issue because victims are closer to us than we might expect. She purports:
We know sex abuse, rape, and assault are widespread. But did you know that one out of six women in the United States has been raped at some time in her life? Do we realize that our sisters and brothers in Christ may have been victims?
Indeed, victims are among us. We, the Church, must be aware of this reality, and it ought to move us to extend grace to the hurting:
This gracious and life-giving approach toward victims of abuse and violence is what the Body of Christ ought to be known for. As Newbell points out, victims are listening to what the Church is (or isn’t) saying, and they are in desperate need of amazing grace. May our response to the wounds of abuse and violence be a balm that soothes rather than salt that stings.