New resources for difficult circumstances
I don’t want to sugar-coat it: even when we have our hope in Jesus, life can be extremely difficult, and the challenges we face often seem insurmountable and more than we feel we can bear.
But what makes it even more difficult? When we feel we have to keep our struggles a secret or hidden from others.
I want you to know that you never have to walk your journey by yourself – which is why I’m pleased to tell you about these two free resources. The first one is about a significantly difficult subject matter; however, I believe in shining a light on such a serious area so that our heavenly father can begin bringing healing, restoration and justice to his children.
The Hidden Epidemic of Male Sexual Abuse video series
Statistics show one out of every six males is sexually assaulted prior to the age of 16, but that number could be much higher than we realize. Why? Tragically, many boys and men keep their abuse a secret due to shame and fear.
Dr. Kelli Palfy is a registered psychologist, retired RCMP officer and author of Men Too: Unspoken Truths About Male Sexual Abuse. She first became familiar with males as victims of sexual abuse when she worked with the Child Exploitation Unit of the RCMP in the early 2000s. She has since made it her goal to become an advocate for boys, young men and adult men who are too ashamed to speak up about the abuse they’ve experienced and thus suffer the consequences of staying silent.
This free six-part video series called The Hidden Epidemic of Male Sexual Abuse will walk you through why we need to talk about this issue, how predators groom their victims, what to watch for, and how, by God’s grace, healing is possible for male victims of sexual abuse.
The subject matter discussed in this video series may be difficult to watch and potentially triggering, but it’s necessary to discuss these topics in order to protect children, especially boys and young men, from being victims of sexual abuse. Please do not watch this video series in the presence of children.
View the series
Chronic Health Challenges PDF booklet
Nobody expects that one day a chronic health challenge would be part of their life, but sadly this is not uncommon.
Perhaps you are someone who deals with a chronic health challenge. Or you know of a parent, child, spouse, friend or neighbour who deals with this. Or maybe someone very close to you struggles with this every day and you have no idea. Chronic illness is a terrible burden and it’s made worse when we think we have no one to talk to and no one to help.
If chronic health challenges are part of your story or the story of your family, you are not alone. In this free 12-page PDF booklet, you’ll find stories of people who have learned to live with chronic illness – as an individual, as a spouse and as a parent – while putting their trust in God.
Get the booklet
These topics are extremely heavy, deeply personal and should never be walked through alone. If, as you watch the video series about male sexual abuse, you become concerned about yourself or someone you love who may be in an abusive situation, we encourage you to call our care and counselling team. We are here to listen to you and help you through this realization. Call 1.800.661.9800 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time.
Jean-Paul Beran, MA
Focus on the Family Canada
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