Definition: Sexual intercourse or other sexual activity between persons so closely related that marriage between them is legally or culturally prohibited.
68% of incest survivors were adult victims of rape or attempted rape.
In East Africa 9 out of 10 girls are abused by the people who they trust most.
A portion of the book: "'You're a woman now Anna.' By this , her uncle means that she can be kicked, mutilated, sold like a commodity, burnt, at the stake, raped. 'You're a woman now, Anna,' says her uncle.
When Anna closes her eyes to pray, the memory plays out in her mind. the nightmare of that night forces itself upon her against he will. All at once she is on her uncle's farm again , in the barn. There to see the new litter of kittens her uncle said were born early that morning. Before she can ask him where the kittens are, his hand is on her shoulder.
There are no kittens. Then it all happens. Quickly. He grabs her by each arm and pushes her into the hay. The scream is sucked out of her chest as she is pushed harder against the ground. Her voice is trapped somewhere between her stomach and her heart. She can't pull away." (30 Days of Prayer for the Voiceless)
It makes me so angry and sick to type these words, to imagine what this young girl was forced to endure. I can't begin to imagine the suffering that she faced, by someone who was supposed to love and protect her.
Oh God, I cry out to you with an anguished soul. I pray you would come to these children, who are victim of incest and bring your healing to them. I pray they would allow you to minister to them as only you can. Bring people in their lives that can help them heal and overcome this evil violation. I pray for your justice to come here on earth as it does in heaven. I pray these perpetrators would not get away with their crimes. I pray government officials would diligent tin caring out justice. In Jesus name Amen.
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