A single red tea rose, Author Brandy Cross (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)
No child is morally culpable for having been sexually violated.
Tragically, child abuse can have a significant impact on sexual identity (the gender with which victims identify), sexual orientation (the gender to which victims are attracted), and sexuality (victims’ capacity for sexual feelings).
Unfortunately, whether out of modesty or embarrassment, Christians may find it difficult to discuss sex. This difficulty is compounded for abuse victims.
Sexual Identity/Sexual Orientation
That the trauma of child molestation can impact sexual identity and sexual orientation makes intuitive sense.
As children, we can do little to vent the confusion, fear, shame, and rage abuse causes us. At a deep level, we either adopt the manner and attitudes of our abuser or reject them. The decision is not an intellectual one. It is a matter of survival .
This is not to suggest that…
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