The devout religious person- one who 'walks-the-walk'- will allow the company of many tale-tales into the
realm of belief. Many of these stories are most implausible yet; this same person may be the last to believe a
member of the congregation/clergy may have abused/exploited a child. This is a
tragedy consistently presumed to occur elsewhere.
Not only was the perpetrator a person in a 'position of trust', he/she also
has a special connection with god. In addition, this god of pettiness has
many things to say about who can, and cannot have sex, when they can
have sex, and for what reason. The child can think nothing other then to
believe this perpetrator is most-powerful and virtuous given his/her ability
to discuss with god the exceptions to parameters heretofore perceived
as constants and non-negotiable.
Scene of the Crime
This particular child has just experienced sexual intercourse with an adult. It has likely occurred on numerous
instances prior. Prior to that first episode was introduced to a god demanding sexual intercourse remain
exclusive to marriage- and then only between a man and a woman....Yet, in this instance, with this adult, the
child has been informed it is okay.
It is of course, human nature to deny such unsavory crimes could ever occur within proximity- this is likely a
shared perception across all elements of society. However, child rape does happen, and as it pertains to
occurrence under the influence of Religion, it is a negative effect exponentially amplified for the victim.
Intimate attention from another often holds powerful allure, even if the appeal originates from
It seems likely that within the typical religious congregation it would be found
there is a greater representation of 'decent' people relative to the general
population. Few, if any, churches/religions would endorse sexual activity among
children- it is most distasteful to even ponder the notion...It simply presents as
impossible that "such a thing could ever happen in this congregation".
The day will arrive upon which the active sexual abuse will cease. It will likely be a day
not immediately known for it's significance. In the years to follow there will emerge a
nebulous sensation that it all inexplicably ceased in ways similiar to the way in which it all
mysteriously began. The experienced sense of relief will be tempered by the inability to
even conceive the questions leading to comprehension. From this point forward the child
will find the boundaries of intimacy will forever remain most perplexing.
Regardless to frequency and/or duration in time, the child bears the constant
of additional burden...
Once exposed, the perpetrator will express regret and proclaim "this should have never
happened". He will claim of self to have succumbed to the 'devil'..."I am weak, and I
have sinned". Countless rapes will be portrayed under the singular category of 'sin'- as if
singular, and as if felony rape is equivalent to all other qualifying transgressions.
42 x 2/y = 1
something vile. Relative to intimacy, the young child has not the life experiences allowing for contrast...She/he
has simply never experienced healthy romance/intimacy with another individual. In addition to the many
conflicting sensation of overlapping boundaries, a distorted and internalized feeling of guilt
will soon emerge. Out of sequence- and disparate in proportion- past sermons and scriptural
recitations transmit as ambiguous messages to suggest the child has done something wrong.
ABUSED by GOD
There is no greater arrogance then the
purveyance of 'salvation'...
There is no greater evil then doing so with
sex abuse where it would be least expected
amplified by religious guilt
The day will arrive upon which the active sexual abuse will cease. It will likely be a day not immediately known for it's significance. In the years to follow there will emerge a nebulous sensation that it all inexplicably ceased in ways similiar to the way in which it all mysteriously began