Image Credit:  Global News

I will not disgrace myself or this website by mentioning the name of the so-called man who was recently convicted of sexually assaulting a woman on Stanford University’s campus in January 2015.  I will not mention the name of the judge who handed down an extremely lenient sentence of six months in county jail and three years of probation when the recommended sentence for such a conviction is between eight and twenty years in state prison.  I will not mention the names of those who have callously denied the seriousness of the crime by insisting that the attacker should not receive the recommended punishment; they believe the attacker is really a good kid who doesn’t deserve to experience the full consequences of his actions because it would ruin his potential.  All of these people are already receiving more than enough attention.

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Image Credit:  Special Broadcasting Service

I will, however, name and honour the two Swedish men, Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson (pictured above), who saved the woman from further harm at the hand of her attacker.  They are the male heroes of this story.  I will also honour the female hero of this story – the woman herself, who continues to bravely face the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual consequences brought about when someone broke the 10th commandment and coveted his neighbour’s body.

Here is the male heroes’ story:  In Their Words: The Swedish Heroes Who Caught the Stanford Sexual Assailant

Here is the female hero’s story:  Here is the Powerful Letter the Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker

As someone who has been honoured by three friends who trusted me enough to share their story of surviving of sexual assault, I originally intended to write a post on the topic.  I acknowledge that I am by no means truly qualified to write about this.  By God’s grace, I have been spared being preyed upon by someone who has the audacity to believe they have the right to take what’s not theirs in such a damaging and life-altering way.  So far, I am not part of the 25 percent of women and the 10 percent of men who are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

I did, however, find a post that articulates the believer’s response to this situation in a way that is much better than anything I could have written.  I encourage you to read, think about, and act on the ideas found there:

About Those “20 Minutes of Action”: 20 Things We’d Better Tell Our Sons Right Now About Being Real Men

And just in case you dismiss this kind of thing as something that would never happen at our churches, you need to know:  one of my three friends was sexually assaulted by a regular church attender during a potluck supper held at an Atlantic Baptist church.

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