No Church Should Hide Sexual Abuse Under the First Amendment part 2

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No Church Should Hide Sexual Abuse Under the First Amendment – this is part 2 includes the link to the new that the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Child Victims Act (Senate bill 2440/Assembly bill 2683).*

Included will be links to current cases of allegations of sexual abuses in church/ religious situations. I will also included help resources that get you started on sorting this complex issues that no good church going people talk about – but should.

 

Every child deserves to be loved safe and heard Prevent sexual exploitation of child copy right Malika Bourne

 

Christian children are taught the Biblical command to ‘obey those who have authority over you.” How destructively confusing is that when an adult takes advantage of a child who in blind faith is trusting that adult?

I will post some relevant articles with links below for you to explore at your leisure on the long lasting effects of sexual trauma.

Click HERE to read Part 1

 

Long-term health outcomes of childhood sexual abuse”

 

The ripple effect of early childhood trauma … psychological effects. Biology of the brain and immune function … The child is forever changed. … examine the influence of childhood sexual abuse on the long-term health and the nursing care of adult survivors.

Ability for healing … normal cell maintenance is reduced. … altered immune cell levels … increased inflammation, susceptibility to infection, allergic response, and cell mutation.

Trauma and early negative experiences affect the development and even structure of the brain.

Those who experienced childhood sexual abuse are one and a half times more likely to report serious health problems.

… history of childhood sexual abuse have increased reports of fear, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, aggression, anger, hostility, poor self-esteem, and suicide attempts. Higher rates of depression…

Click HERE to read entire article.

https://www.americannursetoday.com/long-term-health-outcomes-of-childhood-sexual-abuse/

 

 

Potential Long-Term Effects

CHILD ABUSE > SEXUAL ABUSE OF BOYS

by Jim Hopper

Some of the long-term effects of sexual abuse are related to the development of gender identity.
Conclusions: Sexual abuse of boys appears to be common, underreported, underrecognized, and undertreated.

Understanding sexual assault

Consequences | Sexual Assault | INSPQ

Not only can childhood sexual abuse have lasting effects throughout adulthood, but the effects can take new forms in adulthood, affecting marital and parental …
  • sexual assault is a public health problem that concerns everyone.
  • … potential consequences that can last a lifetime/ span generations,
  • effects on health, education, employment, crime, economic well-being of individuals, families, communities…
  • one third of sexually abused children do not display symptoms deemed problematic

Click HERE to read entire article

https://www.inspq.qc.ca/en/sexual-assault/understanding-sexual-assault/consequences

 

 

 

TRIGGER WARNING

Victims of church related sexual abuse have been shamed and made to feel the sexual abuse was their fault alone. But, It was never a child’s fault. They were supposed to be safe, protected at church by church leaders.

Little did victims of child predators know that they were not the only once who had similar crimes committed against them. Why would a 7 or 8 year old be expected to know?

  • Yes, child molestation is a crime.
  • Rape is a crime.
  • Children can not consent to this act of power and control against them.
  • A child is not cognitively developed to understand what has happened to them by a person of trust.
  • Educating your self to facts in NOT a sin against God.

 

Description

Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person’s consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. Wikipedia

Who are the perpetrators?

The majority of perpetrators are someone known to the victim. Approximately eight out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim…

Sexual assault can take many different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault.

Sexual exploitation is an act or acts committed through non-consensual abuse orexploitation of another person’s sexuality for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, personal benefit or advantage, or any other non-legitimate purpose. RAIN.org

Child sexual abuse is a serious, problem with clinical, social, moral, and legal implications.

  • 100 000 and 500 000 children in the United States are thought to be sexually molested annually.
  • Physicians in all specialties may detect sexual exploitation of youngsters and are mandated to report such cases.
  • Failure to diagnose child molestation and pedophilia and to treat their cause can have serious, long-lasting consequences for innocent victims … for the professional who missed the diagnosis.
  • A single child molester may commit hundreds of sexual acts on hundreds of children.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/376101

 

The pressure to “forgive and forget” can be a powerful obstacle to protecting children effectively from harm.

…unfortunately some incorrectly believe that a (seemingly) sincere apology … is enough for everyone to “move on.”

For excellent child sexual abuse prevention information and resources, including guidebooks on how to talk with other adults about potential or definite sexual abuse situations, visit the website of Stop It Now.

Click HERE to read the entire resource.

 

Trigger Warning

OPINION I Was Assaulted. He Was Applauded.

… was 17 when her youth pastor… sexually assaulted her.

…almost two decades later, Ms. Woodson, inspired by the #MeToo movement, emailed ___ asking whether he remembered what has haunted her for decades. When he didn’t reply, she told her story to a blog for victims of church abuse. Days later ___ addressed his congregation … where he is a pastor…streamed the service online

At the service ___ apologized to the mega-congregation for … a “sexual incident” when he was a 22-year-old youth pastor at his former church …

He received a standing ovation from the congregation…

Click HERE read entire article

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/opinion/jules-woodson-andy-savage-assault.html?fbclid=IwAR3Mq0n1KdEp5dY23P7cWppo3Yd3XxDG3YoPDahRfQ8qMFSZAAYPwxB7Lq0

 

 

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses leaders to be sued for sexual abuse under new Child Victims Act

 

“He started abusing me when I was still in diapers…. oral sex and then rape… I was 10 I accidentally told my mom. I was scared to tell, thinking it was a secret …

She said the now 82-year-old elder would molest her in front of others while she sat on his lap in the middle of meetings with other congregation members.

….leaders pressured her family not to cooperate with a criminal investigation of the elder…

… elders never contacted police, according to the lawsuit.

……………….

“… was with him 80 hours a month … had open access to me… My parents loved him. I was ashamed. … I didn’t know how to tell them.”

…he was abused when he 14 years old by a high-level member who started by fondling him and showing him pornography.

… alleged abuse escalated to instances of oral and anal sex…

“These lawsuits… how how the Jehovah’s Witnesses are more concerned about protecting their brand than … welfare and safety of children,” said Irwin Zalkin, a lawyer for the plaintiffs…. organization cloaked in secrecy …believes that it lives in a parallel universe where it is immune from …` the law the citizens of this country are required to obey.”

New York’s landmark Child Victims Act goes into effect Wednesday. The new law adjusts statute-of-limitations timelines so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages.

Click HERE to read entire article

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-jehovahs-witnes-sexual-abuse-lawsuit-20190812-benjcqrlozeyjl3gi3nlidc37u-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0CTf_bwi0rT6cF1Wuaf4VReamSiTvK92gLJHjhjpgfgoWd2XxG592f3Wc

 

 

 

Helpful Resources

 

@SpiritualAbuse.Org on Facebook

 

Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation

 

Child Sexual Abuse

RAIN.org

Child sexual abuse does not need to include physical contact between a perpetrator and a child. Some forms of child sexual abuse include:

  • Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
  • Fondling
  • Intercourse
  • Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
  • Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
  • Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
  • Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
  • Sex trafficking
  • Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare

https://www.rainn.org/articles/child-sexual-abuse

 

 

 

*Justice Delayed…No Longer

You endured this pain so that others will not now feel that same pain. Your suffering will stop others from suffering. —New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

…survivors of childhood sexual assault can now bring civil lawsuits against accusers and institutions until the age of 55; the age limit was previously 23.

…the law now allows victims of past offenses who did not file civil lawsuits in time prior to the passage of the Child Victims Act a chance for justice. On Aug. 14, a one-year “look back window” will open, allowing cases to be brought forward regardless of the victim’s age and the date of the offense.

The grand jury also concluded that the state laws on the statute of limitations needed to be changed, noting that numerous priests would have been liable for criminal and civil charges had not the crimes taken place decades before.

Victims of child sex abuse can get confidential support by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or chatting online at hotline.rainn.org.

Click HERE to read the good news for New York

http://thewestburytimes.com/2019/08/justice-delayed-no-longer/?fbclid=IwAR2Mfm1hknKZ04gxtJVgKvm9EHGAqBCqzugil1vX2FN_dHEoSQSRLVlCgho

 

Disclaimer: This post was compiled my Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna for educational purposes only.

This post is not meant to be legal advice nor take the place of a professional therapist. I only hope that this blog can be an eye-opener to the facts on sexual abuse particularly when the complexity involved religion and churches.