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Marks of the Past
Past trauma directly interferes with the personal and professional lives of some people and has crucial consequences for emotional health. Nobody is immune to certain events that can occur in life like the loss of a loved one, a betrayal, an illness. Especially, in the case of sexual abuse, the trauma can last for many years, if not for a lifetime. Since many people cannot overcome the marks of the past alone. Then, they become distressed, bitter, insecure, sad and depressed.
Is it possible for the marks of the past to heal? Everyone has their story and has a history of the past. But, there comes a crucial point, the turning point when a person thinks, “Until when will I be a victim of trauma and the past?”
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Find out about Monica’s story and how she managed to overcome her traumatic past.
Monica carried the pain and trauma of being sexually abused by her father during childhood. Questions about God and thoughts of death were repeated in her mind. Monica says that she did not understand what her father wanted with her during that night. Her innocence at age 7 made her believe that it was a gesture of love.
He waited for everyone to sleep, he then came to my bed and started to touch me. I thought it was a way of showing affection, but, as it was repeated every night, I became scared, until, in addition to the touch, he started to sexually abuse me.
Startled, she told her mother, who avoided talking about the subject and chose not to believe her daughter.
I was very sad and angry, how could my mother pretend not to see such a crime? To get rid of that I ran away and lived in the streets. I started taking drugs and doing everything wrong when I was 9 years old.
But drugs didn’t fill the void or erase those memories.
While suffering from depression, I started to steal to keep my addiction. At 16, I already had two children. I got arrested three times and during the last one, a radio program from The Universal Church caught my eye. The bishop said, ‘To you who are there, alone, thinking about killing yourself, there is a way out. No matter what happened, you can start over.’ I was filled with hope and when I was released, I started attending church.
Faith was crucial to forgiveness and a fresh start in life. When I accepted Jesus and was baptized, I broke free from addictions and forgave my mother and father. It was not easy because I hated them a lot. Today my mother is an assistant in the church, and I am an evangelist and educator at the Children’s Biblical Center.