One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused in this country before the age of 18. Thirty-nine million American adults carry this open wound in their hearts leading to depression, substance abuse, broken marriages, and repeat abuse.
The tragic events surrounding the Sandusky case at Penn St. stir up strong emotions in each one of us. We feel helpless to do anything positive in light of such horrific circumstances, and yet it provides a unique opportunity for us to engage this issue in a forthright manner.
This is critically, perhaps even eternally, important, for many of those who’ve been sexually abused, suffering from shame, guilt and anger, will never be able to embrace “God the Father” unless they find freedom and healing from their pain in the person of Jesus Christ.
We propose to create a film entitled “Innocent Child.” This honest, gentle, and yet unflinching production will be a filmed, animated, and orchestrated version of the acclaimed stage play based on a book by two Christian authors from the award-winning ‘Hurts of Childhood’ series.
This film will be shared with Christian schools, churches, and counseling centers to:
- Educate both clergy and lay people in the prevention and detection of child abuse
- Encourage children who are in abusive situations to “tell until they get the help they need”
- Encourage adults who have never dealt with abuse in their past to seek help.
The central themes of this story, which is uniquely designed to be appropriate for children and adults, will be the healing, forgiveness, and restoration that can only come through the love of Christ. The most frequently asked question asked by those who have been sexually abused as children is “Where was God when this was happening?”
Together, with this project, we can demonstrate the love of Christ to those who desperately need to know that God cares and loves them; those who desperately need to learn to forgive themselves and their abuser in order to be free from the crippling legacy of abuse.
You are invited to help with the creation of the “Innocent Child” Film by giving a tax-deductible financial gift today and can do so by visiting: www.musicforthesoul.org/involvement/donate or download a copy of the Innocent Child Pledge Form.
With your help we can let victims of childhood sexual abuse know that they are an “Innocent Child” and give them a future filled with hope and the peace of Christ.
For more information please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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