In Mark 9:42, Jesus said, “If you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck.” There are many children and women who have been taken advantage of, but have not told anyone about it. They are silent sufferers. The most common reasons given for not reporting these abuses are the belief that it is a private or personal matter and the fear of reprisal from the assailant. What are some of the warning signs of family abuse? They are: Change in appearance – Becoming indifferent about appearance, cleanliness, grooming or clothing. Change in levels of participation – Withdrawal, isolation, drop in school grades and becoming non-communicative.
Change in attitude – Appearing hostile, indifferent, hopeless, verbally combative, arrogant and grandiose or verbally abusive to others. Change in expressions of emotion – Tears, hostility, rage, emotional withdrawal, anxiety or panic. Change in social behavior – Alcohol or other substance abuse; antisocial behaviors, such as stealing or vandalism; withdrawal from friends; running away or sexual promiscuity. In Luke 4:18, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord has sent me to heal the broken hearted,” God is the ultimate healer of all broken lives; however, if you have been abused, let someone know. You do not have to suffer in silence.