Taboo: Child Abuse

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Denise M. Walker
 What you want to discuss that is Taboo?
Child abuse
What happened?
I experienced abuse at the hands of someone connected to my family.
 How did it affect your child or how has it affected you even as an adult?
I grew up not being able to trust people. I experienced depression. I also didn’t trust people with my child.
 What steps have been needed in order for you to heal, forgive, grow, let go?
I began to heal when I came into relationship with Jesus Christ. He has helped me forgive and move forward. I have also been able to pray and grow in Christ. This helped me to know that I am an overcomer, and that God is a healer. He has called me to forgive those who hurt me, and I have.
 Why do you think people don’t talk about Child Abuse?
I think that people don’t talk about this in my community because they would have to deal with it. I think people find it hard to deal with their own past pain, so they just try to move on and so you have to as well. However, you can’t move forward until the issue is addressed.
What words of encouragement do you have for someone who has endured the same 
thing you went through or experienced as a child?
I would say to anyone, “Tell someone if you are being hurt. No one has the right to harm you. It is not your fault. And no, you can’t just get over it. You need Christ to get through it.”

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