My abusers were married, charismatic, ‘nice’ upstanding, members of society. All were fundamental Christians. Most were pastors and some were well-known leaders of the fundamentalist movement.
One of these men was known for being a fire-brand of his time. He founded a seminary. Had a radio program. Led many protests defending freedom and faith. Was the founder and president one of the original and most militant Fundamental pastor counsels.
He was then, and still is well-known, even revered, by fundamentalists.
Yet, he paid Cleo to sexually assault me. One of my earliest and most vivid memories was of this man is I was screaming and crying in agony as he abused my little body. I think this took place before I was old enough to begin Kindergarten.
I remember I was crying and screaming for him to stop. I was in agony and even Cleo said something about how I sounded as if he were murdering me.
His reply was “Let her scream. No one will hear her.”
He continued to abuse me for many years. Most of time the abuse took place at the farm. However, there were many other occasions when I was taken to his church in a neighboring state, and to conferences he led in places including Washington, DC and all the way down to Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach Florida.
Recently a friend mentioned this man was honored as a man in the history of a well-established American Denomination. In and of itself that is confusing because he railed against this denomination, but never-the-less there he is.
Even after I named this man and turned over documents about him and other abusers as part of an investigation…..
“Let her scream. No One will hear her.” Perhaps he was right.
Would you please be so kind and sign the following petition asking all professing Christians to better address the subject of sexual abuse?
A Public Statement Concerning Sexual Abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ by Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (G.R.A.C.E.)
My life has been greatly affected by the abuse.
First of all, I have very good reasons for not naming my abusers. No doubt this is my prerogative if and when I choose to publish their names publicly. I have given names to investigators. Which investigators is also confidential at this time.
It has taken me more than half of my life to tell my story and it is extremely hurtful when people accuse me of lying. I can assure you that my story is real and that I lived through this hell. If you choose not to believe me, that is your prerogative. However, this is my blog and I will not give you the space to hurl your accusations of false allegations at me. If you don’t believe my story, there are many other blogs you can read. If you choose to attack my credibility and integrity by attempting to post comments calling me a liar, bitter, vindictive, etc, I will not publish your comments.