To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse
I am so grateful for Richard G. Scott and the tender inspired way he addressed the issue of abuse in this talk. He said, "If you are currently being abused or have been in the past, find the courage to seek help. You may have been severely threatened or caused to fear so that you would not reveal the abuse. Have the courage to act now. Seek the support of someone you can trust. Your bishop or stake president can give you valuable counsel and help you with the civil authorities. Explain how you have been abused and identify who has done it. Ask for protection. Your action may help others avoid becoming innocent victims, with the consequent suffering. Get help now. Do not fear—for fear is a tool Satan will use to keep you suffering. The Lord will help you, but you must reach out for that help."
I testify that Richard G. Scott's counsel is true. Victims of abuse need to seek help and find the courage to speak up. I pray that anyone seeking for the strength to reveal abuse will begin with prayer. God can and will send angels to your side to strengthen you. Ask for courage, ask for the spirit, ask for angels to be with you as you speak the truth. I testify that your Savior Jesus Christ understands your feelings of fear, hurt, and heartbreak. He has born all of your burdens and he knows them intimately. Please remember you're not alone. The Savior's grace will heal and strengthen you. The path to your new beginning and healing starts with speaking the truth. I bear witness that help, healing and joy are found as we turn in faith to our Savior, and act in courage to make right what is wrong. By speaking out you are standing as a witness of Christ. Revealing the wrong of abuse is a clear witness against it. It is my hope and prayer that all victims of sexual abuse will pursue the path of healing. I testify that heaven will stand with you as you find the courage to speak the truth.