This testimony was made to help victims of sexual abuse find hope and healing through a loving God.
June was a child when the sexual abuse from her father started and lasted until she was 18 years old. However, similar inappropriate occasions took place up until the age of 26 due to the control he had over her. Not only did she experience sexual abuse at home, she was also a victim of bullying at school. She felt very alone and that the world hated her and was out to get her. It was at this time that she was introduced to drugs and alcohol at the age of 14.
Looking in the wrong places
She was in unsafe environments everywhere she went and was raped twice at the age of 15. Drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity were all methods she used to find an escape. Throughout this time June wanted nothing to do with God, and she believed He wanted nothing to do with her. But thankfully that’s not the end of the story!
June realized that she had become addicted to alcohol and sought help. She went to recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Survivors of Incest Anonymous (a rape and sexual abuse group), and years of counseling.
God was pursuing her through all of this and she eventually became a Christian in August of ’89. Not too long after that, she became pregnant and started attending a Christian ministry home for unwed mothers. During her stay, she began getting involved in a church. She heard a message one Sunday that told her when you’ve been abused or mistreated by your earthly father, it thwarts your ability to see God as a loving Father. She received prayer and came to the realization that God was her “Perfect Daddy,” and that he wasn’t going to hurt her. Instead, he would love her perfectly.
Seeing through the eyes of Jesus
Even though June had become a Christian, she still struggled with hurt and dysfunction from her past. She ended up in a psychiatric hospital after she attempted to take her own life. It was there that God revealed to her that all of the negative things she believed about herself were lies told to her by Satan. She remembers saying, “You mean, God, I’m not ugly? You mean, I’m not stupid? You mean, I’m lovable?”
One of the most important contributors towards her healing was forgiving her father. She was initially furious and resistant to the idea, but God kept working in her heart until she came to the place of asking God to help her forgive. She eventually wrote him a letter forgiving him and the change it brought about in him was immense. Not only that, but forgiving her father also brought her peace.
June wants to encourage other victims of sexual abuse to not give up or lose hope. She implores others to turn to God and let him put the broken pieces back together and heal their soul.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What was your initial reaction to this testimony? What stood out to you?
- What do you hope to gain from this video and conversation?
- In the past have you sought other methods to cope with the sexual abuse?
- How does it make you feel knowing that God is our “Abba (Daddy) Father” as it states in Romans 8:15(ESV)?
- What were your feelings towards God while the abuse was going on?
- What are your feelings towards God now?
- Read Matthew 6:14. Have you forgiven the person who abused you? If so, what impact has that made on your life?
- If you haven’t forgiven, what would it take for you to do that now.