Who will be a voice for the victims?
For the baby who is abandoned
Forsaken for no reason.
For the child who is abused
Beaten and bruised.
For the girl who is molested
And feels ashamed.
For the boy who is hated
Denied and rejected.
For the woman who is raped
And carries the blame.
For the man who is murdered
Someone has to be
A voice for the victims,
For theirs has been stolen
Along with their innocence.
As Christians, are we not a voice for Jesus Christ
Our innocent Savior whom we crucified?
Did He not come for those like Him
Lambs to the slaughter, victims of bloodshed?
As a personal choice
I will be a voice for the victims.
For, I am a survivor
And a Christian!
Too often I witness victims who are determined to become survivors by speaking out only to receive an unfavorable response from others once they do. More often than not, they are victimized all over again by the public and their loved ones instead of receiving the support they need. It’s as if people think the victim could have done something to prevent it, like it must be their fault in some way and surely they deserved it or perhaps they are just ignored all together, as if they have contracted some horribly contagious disease. It is no wonder victims fear speaking up!
How about you? After hearing someone’s testimony of survival, have you ever responded this way towards them, whether intentional or not? What I most often hear from people is that they just don’t know how to respond to a victim, because they’ve never been through anything like that so they think they can’t relate. This is where I wish to challenge your thinking, because pain is pain and love is love. We can all relate on that level. Let us not add anymore condemnation to the cross they bear, but rather show them they are not alone.
A survivor who speaks out simply seeks to be heard and acknowledged, as a way to validate and make sense of what they have been through. They need and are forever seeking something greater than themselves to love, because of the internal emptiness that being victimized brings. Their hearts’ true desire is simply to be accepted and loved, despite the circumstances in which they have lived. Is this not a common need, internal instinct and cry that most of us have regardless of where we come from or what we have been through?
As Christians, our behaviors and actions speak volumes to victims (and the rest of the world!) If we are a model of Christ, as we should be, then they will be able to witness His love through us. They will know that they truly are accepted, not only in our eyes, but also in the eyes of Christ. Remember, a victim’s mentality is often already one of shame and guilt, as illogical as it may seem. Too many are convinced that they were victimized, because they are unacceptable, disposable or unlovable in some way. As Christians, is it not our responsibility to show them otherwise?