A Terrible Statistic

A statistic that crushes my spirit:

At least 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime.

A truth that gives me hope:

12 “For thus says the Lord:
Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to uphold your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant.
15 Why do you cry out over your hurt?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant,
I have done these things to you.
16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord
because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Out of the darkest place, the most grievous wound, the most rotten heart, the Lord restores. And all the promises of God find their Yes in Christ.

Jesus is our only hope.


2 thoughts on “A Terrible Statistic

  1. i feel that defining sexual assault as “any unwanted sexual contact” may be allowing this statistic to cause more alarm than it should. i am not disputing the fact that sexual abuse is a terrible crime either way, but the first thing you imagine when you hear ‘sexual assault’ is likely to be much more serious than “i was uncomfortable with how she touched my shoulder,” yet the statistic does not distinguish.

  2. you miss the point.

    how is touching a shoulder sexual? it’s not. i’m actually surprised you question the statistic, since it’s widely known and accepted.

    sexual assault might not be forced intercourse, but it’s still incredible damaging. nothing a reasonable person would call sexual assault could avoid that.

    And how can someone who has been sexually assaulted be healed from their wounds? That’s the point.

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