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Seeing is Disbelieving
How does God’s promise in Deuteronomy 1:30-31 encourage and prepare you to fight for what’s true?

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Orlando Christian Counseling Sexual Assault

Cocoa police admitted on November 8, 2013 that a breakdown in the department allowed a man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman to freely walk the streets for a year before he was finally arrested. Jermaine Smith is behind bars for being accused of breaking into the Cocoa home of a mentally disabled woman more than a year ago and sexually assaulting her. The Cocoa Beach police department did not realize the rape kit lab results were not sent in until months after the rape. As soon as they got the results they charged the accused rapist and brought him into custody.
According to the National Institute of Health, 1 out of 3 women will experience some form of sexual abuse or assault. Over half of these women will never report the incident to anyone, let alone the authorities. Majority of sexual abuse survivors blame themselves for the assault when clearly the perpetrator is 100% responsible. It is essential for sexual abuse and rape survivors to get support from loved ones, friends, and authorities to recover from the trauma. Most of the time these support systems do not know how to support survivors and at times their responses or lack there of can re-traumatize the victims without them even realizing it.
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