Rid of My Disgrace
Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
The statistics are jarring. One in four women and one in six men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. But as sobering as the statistics are, they don’t begin to speak to the darkness and grief experienced by these victims. Because sexual assault causes physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain, victims need clear help, hope, and healing. In Rid of My Disgrace, a couple experienced in counseling victims of sexual assault explains how the grace of God can heal the broken and restore the disgraced.
Justin and Lindsey Holcomb outline an approach for moving from destruction to redemption. While avoiding platitudes and shallow theology, Rid of My Disgrace combines biblical and theological depth with up-to-date research. This book is primarily written for those who have been assaulted (either as children or adults). But it also equips family, friends, pastors, and others to care for victims in ways that are compassionate, practical, and informed.
“Careful research, lots of Scripture, and a demonstration that the work of Christ says ‘you are washed clean’ to those who feel like outcasts. This will truly speak to victims of sexual abuse.”
-— Ed Welch, Counselor and Faculty, The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
“I can’t express how grateful I am that someone is tackling this subject with both a pastoral heart and an understanding of how the devastating effects of sexual assault can wreak havoc for decades after the abuse. It is an epidemic issue where resources are scarce. There isn’t a weekend that goes by where we aren’t told a gut-wrenching tale of innocence stolen and left trying to help a man or woman make sense of their pain. I praise God for the gospel that can heal and restore and for the Holcombs that had the courage and wisdom to write this book for us.”
—- Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
About the Authors
- Disgrace and Grace
- What Is Sexual Assault?
- What Are the Effects of Sexual Assault?: Allen’s Story
- Denial: Crystal’s Story
- Distorted Self-Image: Barbara’s Story
- Shame: Brian’s Story
- Guilt: Mandy’s Story
- Anger: Nicole’s Story
- Sin, Violence, and Sexual Assault
- Grace in the Old Testament
- Grace in the New Testament
- Concluding Prayer: “Wave upon wave of grace.”