One of the most destructive sources of emotional bruises is when
someone in a position of respect and authority sexually molests a child
of the same sex. This is a very strong blow to that child's identity
1. The abuser is an adult and the child feels helpless.
Although, this is one of the most harmful blows to an individual's
identity, it doesn't have to be a bondage for life. Jesus came to
set free all those who have been emotionally bruised. This means
everyone. There are no exceptions! It includes you, even if
you have been sexually molested by someone in a position of authority ....
and even if no one else knows about it or believes it could have happened.
You don't have to keep walking around dragging this ball and chain of shame.
You can be free and healed, and even become a minister of God's grace to
others who have been emotionally abused.
2. The abuser is in a position of respect and authority and the child
may not be taken seriously.
3. The abuser crosses the private barrier of sexuality. The child
experiences being violated.
4. The abuser violates the natural lines of sexuality, being of the
same sex as the child. The child often carries the shame,
a false guilt, and even often a confused sexual identity.