Monday, January 4, 2016

Pat Robertson to Sex Abuse Survivor: "Good Grief! Let That Thing Rest!"

I was pretty disgusted this morning when I watched the Bring It On segment on today's episode of CBN's "The 700 Club." Co-host Terry Meeuwsen shared the following question by a viewer named Jonathan: "I got involved with hookers the day I turned eighteen because my mother sexually assaulted me when I was younger. My father was NOT at fault for this because he was at work, providing for his family during the abuse. Should I call the police and have my mother charged, now that I can speak up, or turn the other cheek? In case you're wondering, my father is now dead, but I never had the courage to tell him what happened to me until I was in my late twenties."

Here is Pat's response:
Pat Robertson: Jonathan, I think the thing to do is let that thing rest. Good grief! Your mother assaulted you? It's hard to believe.

Terry Meeuwsen: It happens. It happens.

Pat Robertson: It's so rare. In any event, she's your mother! I mean, you've got to love her. Pray that she might find the Lord and then God will forgive her for that and you should forgive her too.

You're gonna charge her and ask for her to be put in jail? Now that you're in your late 20s? Of course not!
I could entertain the question of whether or not to contact the police after all of these years. It's difficult to make these types of charges stick after 10 or 15 years. Plus, a lot of people do not want to re-live the trauma to childhood abuse.

But that does not mean that you forgive your abuser. And you certainly do not allow her any access to your children! Hopefully, there are no other siblings or grandchildren in the picture. If so, then Jonathan really needs to say something to protect this latest generation of family members from harm.

You can watch the entire clip here.

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