5 Ways to Express Love to Somebody who went through Child Abuse

Philippine Republic Act No. 7610 describes child abuse as the maltreatment, whether habitual or not, of the child which includes psychological and physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, deprivation of basic needs, and failure to give medical treatment.

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Here are 5 ways to express your love and concern for someone who has experienced child abuse.

  1. Be patient

Do not force him or her to talk about the abuse. Wait until he or she is ready to share. Remember that this is a very personal matter.

  1. Listen attentively

Give the person your full attention. Do not be distracted by your phone. Look at the person.

  1. Don’t judge

People who experienced abuse during childhood have feelings of shame and fear. They will not share if they feel that they will be judged. When they do open up, value what they share and keep it confidential.

  1. Do not ask too many questions

Do not interrupt or ask questions while they are speaking. Understand that they may be having a difficult time gathering their thoughts and finding the right words to say. Avoid asking the question, why, because this may introduce feelings of self-blame.

  1. Be silent

Let them pour out their emotions. Give them the spotlight. Be in the spirit of prayer as you listen to their stories.

Psalm 147:3 says that “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”

Do you know someone who is hurting from abuse? We’d love to pray with you. Call us through our landline, 737-0700, or our mobile numbers: 0949-888-8001 (Smart), 0925-300-3000 (Sun), or 0917-406-5001 (Globe). You may also send us a message here.

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