Sexual Assault Recovery-Rescued and Restored & Just So You Will Know Part 1

That which was designed by God to be an expression of love can be twisted into a horrendous and hateful act. Rape is a vile act of violence that humiliates and degrades like no other, assaulting body, soul and spirit and sending the victim into a ditch of shock and shame. In the midst of a victim’s suffering, the Lord sees and grieves, and is willing to bring emotional help and spiritual hope for true inner healing.  “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

What is Rape? Rape is sexual intercourse by threat, force, or deception, victimizing males as well as females. It is grossly misunderstood:

Myth: Women secretly want to be raped.

Truth: No one wants to be a victim of a violent criminal act. No one wants to be violated either sexually or emotionally by another person. Ezekiel 45:9 says, “Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right.”

Myth: Rape fulfills sexual needs.

Truth: Rape is not about sex. Within God’s heart sex is an act of love. Within a rapist’s heart, sex is an act of violence. In fact, rape and sex are opposites. By definition, sex requires consent. But sex without consent is rape. Genesis 19:7 call rape “wicked.” When men from Sodom and Gomorrah were intent on rape, they were told, “Don’t do this wicked thing.”

What are Different Categories of Rape?

Statutory rape is sexual intercourse with a female or male under the legal age of consent, with or without force and when the victimizer is more than two years older than the victim.

Consent is not an issue, and the legal age of consent varies from state to state or region.

Aggravated sexual assault is a legal term used in the prosecution of a statutory rape offense.

Stranger Rape is forced sexual intercourse by one who is unknown to the victim.

Myth: Provocative women cause rape.

Truth: No one causes one person to rape another. The most probable victim is someone who appears vulnerable. Regardless of how a person dresses or behaves, no one deserves to be raped. The responsibility lies with the rapist, not the victim (Psalm 36:2-4).

Date/Acquaintance Rape is non-consensual sexual intercourse by people socially acquainted.

-The vast majority of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim (boyfriend, relative, coworker, neighbor, friend, spouse). These rapes are the most difficult to convince a victim to report. Yet Ecclesiastes 8:11 warns, “When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.”

-The Jewish law clearly communicates the severe consequences of rape in ancient Israel (Deuteronomy 22:25-26).

Mate Rape is forced sexual relations by a husband.

-Unfortunately, many states exempt a husband from prosecution for the rape of his wife.

Myth: A wife must be subject to sexual relations at anytime with her husband. The Bible says wives are never to deprive their husbands sexually (1 Corinthians 7:4).

Truth: A wife is not a piece of property. Sexual expression was designed by God to be an act of love, not violence. Forced sex is not love, but is the opposite. The Bible is clear: ” Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them” (Colossians 3:19).

Gang/group/pack rape is sexual assault b y two or more people and is one of the most cruel and brutal crimes imaginable (Judges 19:25).

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