In this audio talk, Sarah Lipp explores the trauma and aftermath of females who have been victimized by males. Victimization includes sexual, emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse. Lipp discusses the dynamics of male/female relationships both inside and outside the church and the way it impacts attitudes towards female victimization. She uses a case study to illustrate dynamics of working with victimized women: 1.) Affirmation – Acknowledge that what happened to them was wrong and was not their fault – call abuse what it truly is – Use tools to help enter their form of suffering (PTSD, anxiety disorder, etc.); 2.) Be willing to unpack messages that she has developed of others – many victimized women view men and God as unsafe and unpredictable; 3.) Image healing – Working to heal the distorted images of men and God that she may have – help her extend grace to one male at a time; 4.) Grieving losses – Victims need to explore the losses that have occurred; and 5.) Call to repentance – help her discern the past from the present – it is through safe relationships that destructive images are reconstructed.
Key Scriptures: Matthew 23:37; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Isaiah 66:13