My 19 year old son just told me he was molested at 5

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Therese - posted on 07/07/2016

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I’m really happy that you have found someone who can help him. Continue praying and trusting God for healing. It will not happen overnight, but it is important that you continue to strengthen yourself by reading God’s Word alone and with your son.

Encourage him to eat healthy foods to help stabilize his body and mind. Exercising regularly will also help him significantly; it need not be rigorous, perhaps walking, swimming, riding. Seek support from your friends, family, and be willing to reach out even to your church for support-support groups are wonderful sources for healing and comfort.I know he’s a teen, but getting a good night’s sleep will be crucial so that his mind and body can repair themselves. You should also do the same.

Be encouraged Nicole!

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2016

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Also, if he wants to prosecute there is no statute of limitations on sex crimes against children.

Nicole - posted on 07/07/2016

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Thank you so much I've been praying long and hard since he told me two days ago
I found a counseling center that deal with sexual and substance abuse, which of course he needs since he's been self medicating and burying for 14 years
Thanks again for the encouragement

Therese - posted on 07/07/2016

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When a vulnerable child experiences physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse the hurt and the scars go deep. But, recovery is very possible and it is important that your son remember these two truths; he is not alone and there is help. His recovery is about learning and remembering these two truth over and over again.

If you haven’t started, I would encourage you to let him speak to a professional or a Pastor. Perhaps you can have some individual counseling sessions http://bit.ly/1hL3Yd6 too which will also help you.

Remind him constantly that who he is bigger than his abuse, his story is bigger than what he went through and through it, he will be a testimony to others and to be able to help others. He will make powerful life choices that will have great outcomes; you must remind him of this. It does not mean he will forget the wickedness that happened, but he will choose how to respond. I think of Martin Luther King who fought the horrors of personal racism by being the founder of civil rights.

Pray for your son and for his healing. Pray for yourself that God will strengthen you as you help your son. Psalm 55 is a good Psalm to read as it highlights King David’s feeling of betrayal, not by an enemy, but by someone trustworthy “my companion and my familiar friend” (Psalm 55:13). Personalize this Psalm. See what is said about God and faith and apply it as a salve to your hurts.

I pray that God will comfort your son and surround him with his unfailing Love.

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