There are different kinds of loneliness.
Lonely is being in a crowded room and feeling alone.
Lonely is being sexually abused by your father while the world around you goes on like nothing is happening.
Lonely is thinking that you are the only person in the world going through this. That there must be something wrong with you for your father to do this to you.
Lonely is wanting to tell your best friend about the abuse, but you are afraid of God knows what. Maybe she won't believe you. Maybe she won't like you any more.
Lonely is thinking that the security of the family depends on you keeping the secret.
Lonely is someone telling you to "Get over it."
Lonely is a family friend who always said you were like the daughter she never had, but now refuses to believe you were ever abused, even though your abuser admits it.
Lonely is feeling like your heart is being pulled right out of your chest by those who do not believe you.
Lonely is being a little girl with a Big Secret.
Listening and believing the survivor can help drive away the loneliness, but healing? It comes from one Person.
Jesus.April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Educate yourselves about child sexual abuse. Find out what your church is doing in this area. Find out what your schools and community are doing.
Sexual abuse is in all segments of society.
And the victims are real people.
Like my sister.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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