Few traumas are buried as deep as sexual assault. The extreme personal nature and feeling of powerlessness creates intense memories. While writing my memoir, I had my psychologist on speed dial to talk through the worst of the post-traumatic stress events.
We may be a victim of sexual assault, but we need not remain a victim. Once we admit to the trauma, talk it over with another person, work through the damaged parts of body and mind, it can become a memory. Memories can be controlled. It happens in our minds. Some of the feelings left behind after sexual abuse include shame and unworthiness. God created each of us as unique individuals with special talents and abilities. He loves us, values us, and cherishes us. This truth can embolden us to fight against the feelings of shame and worthlessness.
There is a helpful list in the Bible of positive things to focus on as we work to resolve our bad memories. Philippians 4:8 TLB says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”
The battle for healing begins in our minds. Because I have placed my faith in Jesus Christ, I long to follow God’s teaching and learn how to fight my battles for healing with His help. It is a wonderful way to live. You can experience it too. Reread A Letter to My Readers on page 148 of my book. God bless you.