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Child sexual abuse, a worldwide epidemic
Baptist Press ^ | Nov 28, 2011 | Katie McCoy

Posted on 11/29/2011 2:34:02 PM PST by Graybeard58

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The headlines stunned the nation. The accusations of child sexual abuse by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky have outraged an entire country. We were shocked by the alleged evil of a seemingly respectable man, sickened by the unthinkable abuse of his victims, and incensed by the moral cowardice of those who didn't do enough to stop it.

Like Israel in the time of the Judges -- in the dregs of their moral bankruptcy -- we too have asked, "What is this wickedness that has occurred among you?" (Judges 20:12). As reprehensible as the allegations of abuse are, what is perhaps even more incredulous is the ever-increasing number of people who, though they did what was legal, failed to do what was right. Where was their courage to intervene on behalf of the powerless? Where were the valiant?

Tragically, this same injustice is a life-long reality for millions of children across the world. They are children like Prema, who, according to YWAM's booklet "30 Days of Prayer for the Voiceless," was just 11 years old when she joined the other girls in a Mumbai brothel. For the past two and a half years, she has been forced to degradingly dance for and "service" the international customers. Her family needed the money and promised to buy her back when they could. I knew of the global evil that is child prostitution and heard about the staggering enormity of the human trafficking industry. I knew of the grieving reality that children worldwide have been victimized, traumatized and enslaved. But it wasn't until reading about little girls like Prema that the statistics had a name.

Human trafficking is the largest slave trade in world history and is on the verge of outgrowing the illegal drug business. Each year, according to UNICEF, 1.2 million children are either kidnapped, coerced by a family member, or lured by a man that seems romantically interested, only to be sold into prostitution. Approximately 10 million children have been forced into some aspect of the sex trade, becoming among the nameless, unaccounted-for commodities in a crowded brothel, city street corner or tourist "massage parlor." In the time it takes you to read this article, at least two children will have been exploited. Today, in Thailand alone, thousands of young girls between the ages of 10-12 will be forced to have sex at least ten times, some as many as 30 times each day. Eighty percent of human trafficking victims worldwide are females and up to half of them are under 18 years old.

Poverty is a significant factor in a child's vulnerability to sexual exploitation, which is perhaps why it is so prevalent in countries like India where Prema lives. Their fathers aren't able to come after and rescue them like Liam Neeson did in the movie, "Taken." In fact, for many of them, their fathers sold them into sex slavery to pay for food. Their hopes for a hero were squelched and stolen -- along with their dignity.

Human trafficking isn't just a problem in the crowded streets of Bangkok or the war-torn nations of Africa. It's happening within your city. Christianity Today reported that anywhere between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are trafficked and exploited each year. While some of our government leaders have been working to end child prostitution in the U.S., one advocate told Christianity Today, "Maybe it's not [God's] plan that the government do more; maybe it's his plan that his church do more."

God's Word contains numerous commands about the responsibility of His people to exact justice and provision for the widow and the fatherless -- women and children that are unprotected and vulnerable to oppression (Exodus 22:22, Deuteronomy 27:19, Isaiah 1:17). In Deuteronomy 24, God charges His people to care for the fatherless as His representatives on earth, reminding Israel that they used to be slaves themselves but were bought out of bondage. Because He redeemed them out of slavery, they were to take up the cause of the oppressed and administer justice on the behalf of those who would likely fall through the cracks of society. This same responsibility is given to God's people today, His Church (James 1:27). We, too, were once slaves (John 8:34). But because Christ redeemed us and bought us back with His sacrifice on the cross, we are no longer in bondage, but heirs of God and charged to be His representatives on earth. Micah 6:8 says that the Lord requires us to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God." Jeremiah 22:3 commands us to do justice and deliver others from the hand of the oppressor. In a world where 10 million children are trapped in sexual slavery -- both across an ocean and across a highway -- will we have the courage to intervene on behalf of the powerless? Will we be among the valiant?

After hearing of children like Prema, the daily concerns of my all too-comfortable life suddenly seem trivial and embarrassingly small. Few issues are as desperate as this one little girl, an image-bearer of God, buried in a brothel, perhaps never to be rescued -- much less ever hear of the Jesus that could rescue her soul. We may never get to snatch Prema or any of the other millions of children out of their bondage, but we can do something to fight against it. We can pray that God will raise up Christian men and women in our generation that can reach these children by working in international safe-houses -- the more rescuers there are, the more that can be rescued. Maybe it will be you. Maybe it will be me. We can give to organizations that are dedicated to rescuing victims of sex trafficking and introducing them to the restoring hope of Jesus Christ. And, we can pray that the men who are funding the demand for child prostitutes will be redeemed out of their own bondages, crippling and eliminating the entire trafficking industry.

May we remember that, because we have been rescued (Colossians 1:13), we have been charged to do justice for the enslaved and oppressed -- not just for their physical life, but, ultimately, for their spiritual rescue. May our daily lives be altered by the urgency that we have been redeemed, in part, to carry out a gritty command: to deliver others from the hand of the Oppressor, Satan, the author of exploitation; and bring the presence of the Deliverer against humanity's bondage to sin, the ultimate slavery. May we take up the church's mandate to be the agent of redemptive change and intervene on behalf of the powerless. May we be among the valiant!


TOPICS: Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: childmolestation; childprostitution; homosexualagenda; humantrafficking; moralabsolutes; pederastagenda; pederasty; pedophile; pedophilia

1 posted on 11/29/2011 2:34:10 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

http://reformation.com/CSA/baptistsabuse.html


2 posted on 11/29/2011 2:37:57 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Graybeard58

“Child sexual abuse, a worldwide epidemic”

Nooooooooooooooooo? Really?

That is why those places are called third world countries.

And unfortunately as long as there is poverty and lots of parent-less kids, dont expect the predators to stop.


3 posted on 11/29/2011 2:39:22 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Graybeard58

http://www.yardbird.com/a_town_gone_bad.htm


4 posted on 11/29/2011 2:39:35 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Graybeard58
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4Traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
(2 Timothy 3 1-4)
5 posted on 11/29/2011 2:42:52 PM PST by GiovannaNicoletta ("....in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking... (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: Paladin2
See THIS and the following chapter for the details to show that the relatively better conditions of the 19th and 20th century West are but a bump in the road of what has been the world standard from time immemorial. Look at other chapters about pre-WWII Germany and Austria. You don't have to subscribe to the guy's theories to appreciate the historical and anthropological details.
6 posted on 11/29/2011 2:47:55 PM PST by aruanan
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To: aruanan

It apparently takes a village......


7 posted on 11/29/2011 3:11:13 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: aruanan

The third link reminds one of Islam.


8 posted on 11/29/2011 3:21:55 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Graybeard58

Not sexual abuse but religion is being practice by all and the world’s leaders are involved or know it is going on and do nothing but mask it till they feel the time is acceptable to pull off the covers. These demonic acts against children are part of their satanic religion. Freedom of religion being twisted to allow this. Blood drinking, human sacrifices, etc it all continues to show it’s ugly head. The practitioners of this old world religion dressed like sheep, taunting Christians that persecution is coming - they being the ones themselves lusting and salivating for it.


9 posted on 11/29/2011 3:30:27 PM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: aruanan

Wow. BLEAK. Rough childhood!


10 posted on 11/29/2011 3:36:11 PM PST by doberville
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To: Graybeard58

http://home.catholicweb.com/olguadalupeprolife/index.cfm/NewsItem?ID=275734&From=Home


11 posted on 11/29/2011 3:42:02 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Graybeard58; wagglebee; little jeremiah
Title should say still a world wide problem.

In the forties, fifties, and sixties Americans wanted to believe the US was a relatively safe place.

Sure, hundreds of thousands of kids “left home.” They were called “runaways”. People figured they'd be back, and some did come home.

Others did not come home, they turned up in brothels or with street pimps...in a life that was for them...just like home.

Thousands and thousands of others were simply gone. Many show up today only we don't call them “runaways” anymore. Now we call them “unsolved mysteries” and “cold case files.”

People quit expecting missing children to show up again alive. We are a bit more aware and a lot more realistic now.

12 posted on 11/29/2011 3:44:03 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd
The author does address that it is a problem in the U.S. too:

Human trafficking isn't just a problem in the crowded streets of Bangkok or the war-torn nations of Africa. It's happening within your city. Christianity Today reported that anywhere between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are trafficked and exploited each year.

Each year, that is truly an astounding number.

13 posted on 11/29/2011 4:04:04 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: aruanan

Jesus said that “Many will come in my name, but only a few will attain Heaven.”

Translated, the great bulk of humanity has either been scum or ok, but not exceptional people. True saints are not very easy to come by.

You have a good point that the Western world in the second half of the 20th century was a unique time that we may never see again. For most of history, people have lived under grinding poverty and repression.

Go to an African country or something like that. They’re closer to the norm of human existence (ie. short, nasty, brutish lives marked by war, disease, and famine) than the United States of >1945.


14 posted on 11/29/2011 4:20:21 PM PST by Strk321
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To: Graybeard58

Everything is pandemic, epidemic, cataclysmic. The world will surel end in a couple of weeks. /sarc>


15 posted on 11/29/2011 4:31:25 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Graybeard58

Everything is pandemic, epidemic, cataclysmic. The world will surel end in a couple of weeks. /sarc>


16 posted on 11/29/2011 4:31:44 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Graybeard58

Everything is pandemic, epidemic, cataclysmic. The world will surel end in a couple of weeks. /sarc>


17 posted on 11/29/2011 4:32:00 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Graybeard58

Everything is pandemic, epidemic, cataclysmic. The world will surel end in a couple of weeks. /sarc>


18 posted on 11/29/2011 4:32:04 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Graybeard58

Everything is pandemic, epidemic, cataclysmic. The world will surel end in a couple of weeks. /sarc>


19 posted on 11/29/2011 4:32:09 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The most probable pedophiles in order are:

Fathers
Teachers
Coaches
Protestant ministers

Priests are way down on the list.

So if a father is a teacher of mid-high history, coaches the girl’s basketball team and is a youth minister at his church on weekends/Sundays — watch out! He would be much more prone to pedophilia that any priest.

___________________________________________________________

Sexual Abuse of Children by Protestant Ministers

Report: Protestant Church Insurers Handle 260 Sex Abuse Cases a Year

Abuse by Protestant Ministers of Every Denomination

Child Sexual Molestation by Various Protestant Clergy

Baptist Predators website

"Yeshiva" of Brooklyn also Guilty of Child Abuse

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Sex Abuse by Teachers Said Worse Than Catholic Church

WHEN BOYS ARE MOLESTED BY TEACHERS AND OTHERS IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY

OPS (Omaha Public Schools) didn't report abuse allegations

Forgotten Study: Abuse in School 100 Times Worse than by Priests

 


20 posted on 11/29/2011 4:34:59 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Graybeard58
I don't believe that sexual predation is new. It's my belief that it's ALWAYS been around since there have been humans. NOW, we put it into the front pages.

There IS more numerically-speaking since we HAVE hit 7 billion on the planet. But, percentage-wise I don't we've changed that much.

21 posted on 11/29/2011 7:23:18 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: MrEdd

I’ll read tomorrow. I can never get to everything every day, darn it. What to speak of all the stuff in my “real” life.


22 posted on 11/29/2011 8:32:59 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: little jeremiah
I’ll read tomorrow. I can never get to everything every day, darn it. What to speak of all the stuff in my “real” life.

I know the feeling, so I got my 11 year old grand son to read F.R. when I'm otherwise busy. He gives me a synopsis. You need a grand son (or daughter) in your life, if you don't already have one. I also got him to change an over head light bulb for me yesterday. I just give him an occasional ice cream bar or a soda pop and he's happy as can be!

23 posted on 11/29/2011 9:47:21 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

Penn State is wanting to hire Dan Mullen. Mullen has a two year old son. Mullen needs to be scared, very scared, if he’s hired.


24 posted on 11/30/2011 4:38:45 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Graybeard58

Thank you for posting this very sobering article.


25 posted on 11/30/2011 12:14:06 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: VanDeKoik

Your reply seems sarcastic and nasty.


26 posted on 11/30/2011 7:59:23 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

No kidding?

Now take a moment to digest what I wrote, and try to find the additional things like my frustration.


27 posted on 12/01/2011 4:24:41 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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