More Wounds of Rape

The article “The Wounds of Rape” [Sept. 14] was excellent, especially in addressing the ignorance of the organizational church in its understanding of rape (as a crime) and dealing with the victims of rape.

There is another important aspect of this topic the “church” is ignorant about and that CT didn’t explore. In my limited research in one prison—the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, I have found out that of the 600+ sexual offenders, over one-third were practicing Christians when they committed their crimes. Approximately 100 to 125 of these sex offenders participate in volunteer support groups as well as structured mental-health programs for their crime. Of these (many of whom are still active Christians), almost without exception they claim to have received little to no confrontation, or counseling, or help, or information about inappropriate versus appropriate sexual conduct from the two institutions they should have: the family and the church.

Churches are not adequately ministering to these could-be offenders (not to mention the rest of their congregations) about their sexuality and the overcoming of sexual deviancy in light of Scripture. Furthermore, something needs to be said about what healing and hope the church can give to itself when rocked by an offender amongst them. And, what healing and hope the church can give to the spouses or family of those who sexually offend.

I was an assistant pastor in a small Pentecostal/charismatic church when, after a series of deeply stressful events (including my wife nearly dying), my sexually deviant, but well-hidden problems exploded into the physical scene, and I raped an 18-year-old girl (my one ...

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