What about the families of the abused? Were their relationships damaged? Did they question their parenting? I can’t speak for them or know the depth and hurt of the questions rolling through their minds. I pray for sweet spirits and unity for the families of the abused. They are victims of not only the abuser, but also the events in the church. How can the church minister to the families of the abused?
Here is a mash-up of parental impact letters to the judge in the Brandon Milburn trial.
“Any time that Brandon serves behind bars is a short sentence compared to the lifetime of pain these boys and their families have and will endure. Over the past thirteen months since this nightmare began, we have doubted ourselves as parents, beaten ourselves up wondering how we could have allowed this to happen to our son. The heartbreak of this being done to our son, and him dealing with it on his own for so many years has been almost unbearable. As you ponder and determine his sentence, we urge you to consider the pain he has inflicted on all these young boys and their families.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 153, 155.)
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