by “Sandra” from No Greater Joy – Response to Tommy’s Story
Editor’s note: In part one of this piece Sandra shared how her father was raping her for years and when she acted out her mother beat her for acting out. Even if this is a real letter and not some figment of Michael Pearl’s fevered imagination this is so awful it could well have been right out of either of the Pearl’s mouths. Doubling down on restricting your children’s freedoms and activities will not protect them from molestation if the molester is in your own home. Her last paragraph is so at odds with what happened to her in her home.
The Bible says with all our wisdom, get understanding. I wanted to know why my dad did this to me. Years later, I went back to ask him why. My huge, 6’6”, 375-pound, 65-year-old dad wept like a baby as he told me about being molested by his older brothers. Molesters often beget molesters.
I have met four men who are molesters, and each one of these men was molested by the youth leader at their church or some trusted family member.
The effects of sexual abuse last the rest of our lives, but through Christ we can come to a place of forgiveness and lead normal lives. I have found healing helping others who have suffered my fate.
Thank you for publishing that story. I see MOST parents letting their children go with anyone, just because they are nice or in a “good” position. I wish parents would not take the easy way out and realize that God placed us as guards over our children to protect them. Keep sounding the warning! In today’s world the threat is so much greater for all children. Your Yell and Tell books are great, but in the end parents MUST take their God-given responsibility seriously as well as watch for any possible fear, anger, or change in the child’s behavior that could be an alarm.
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