From Silence to JOY…

One of the subtle dynamics of any function where I present the message of sexual abuse and internet pornography is the silence that comes over the audience.  It doesn’t matter the age, the event, or the constituency.  Silence, a deafening silence, always looms over the crowd.  It is clear that the enemy has effectively manipulated shame into a debilitating and binding emotion.  Shame is at the core and it is the shame that needs to be exposed both by individuals and communities at large. Until the shame is exposed, acknowledged, and addressed all the symptoms of abuse will continue to destroy this world.  As difficult as it is to be exposed to the details and consequences of abuse and shame whether at a banquet or any similar gathering, there is always great joy at the conclusion.  You see, joy comes from the courage to walk into the pain knowing it will be extremely uncomfortable.  Oh, but the courage is rewarded with satisfaction, peace, and energy that makes the journey worth every step.

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About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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