When i was raped, in my mind, i had allowed someone to make a sinner out of me and the fact that at some point it made my penis hard meant that i was a homosexual; i was an "abomination before God" .
Perhaps i should blame this on the people who taught me these things, but they taught me that because they had been taught that and that was their beliefs.
Perhaps you should blame the perp?
Perhaps you should blame a broad societal condition that caused both you and I the unfounded shame that drove our destruction.
I see what you guys are saying. There is apparent hypocracy inherent in the very position the church (general) has in the community. That is as "arbitor of morality."
It IS interesting...the damage done to Christianity via the Catholic Church scandals and horrid abuse by those in trusted power in the broad church community.
Having come from a politically charged and involved home I can tell you that the media created the wrong perseptions FOR the church in classic style. The Cacholic scandals only bolstered their destruction.
If they (the media) wanted to really uncover the locus of control and a huge source of CSA...they'd have to get up enough political courage to examine the public and private schools of this nation.
For example, look at the blind eye the media turns to deaths related to cigarettes (over 400,000/yr) and then look at the hysterical treatment of firearm-related deaths: In the U.S. for 2001, there were 29,573 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death: Suicide 16,869; Homicide 11,348; Accident 802; Legal Intervention 323; Undetermined 231.(CDC, 2004)
Since I had a conversation with a member here who worked on a documentary about school-based abuse, I've been researching it. The public knows not even a molecule of reality surrounding school-based abuse. THAT is the REAL story of CSA and the media wont touch it...just like cigarettes.
But I DO feel as if eyes dart over to the American Christian Church with an antogonistic glare when it comes to CSA....and I just don't see that the Church owns one ounce more of its share of responsibility than the Post Office or the NCAA. It is a humanity problem...not an instituional one. Or even worse...its fassionable and easy to place undue blame on Christianity.
Sorry if this got people's blood pressure up. I just could not stand by and let Christianity take another beating without stepping-in to ask "based on what?"