Richard G Scott: Victim responsible for abuse quote

Richard G Scott: Victim responsible for abuse quote

"The victim must do all in his or her power to stop the abuse. Most often, the victim is innocent because of being disabled by fear or the power or authority of the offender. At some point in time, however, the Lord may prompt a victim to recognize a degree of responsibility for abuse. Your priesthood leader will help assess your responsibility so that, if needed, it can be addressed. Otherwise the seeds of guilt will remain and sprout into bitter fruit. Yet no matter what degree of responsibility, from absolutely none to increasing consent, the healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ can provide a complete cure."
- Apostle Richard G. Scott "Healing the Tragic Scars of Abuse," General Conference, Ensign, May 1992 — with Richard G. Scott.

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Comment by Dave on May 17, 2012 at 8:05pm

Some "traditional values" are evil. These guys developed their ethical thinking before penicillin was discovered.

Comment by Dan on May 17, 2012 at 9:56pm

the Lord may prompt a victim to recognize a degree of responsibility for abuse.What !!!. The abuser is responsible Not the victim. And No Jesus does not heal everythig or anything for that matter. The only time the victim may be deemed recponsible is when they were the abuser and they are simply recieving justice as the abused is defending themselves. Putting the guilt apoun the abused is iinsensitve and just evil.

Comment by Dubbynubs on May 18, 2012 at 2:31pm

This exact quote is what prevented me from getting the help I needed for over 10 years. Ideas like this create a haven for abusers, pedophiles and sick f*ckers of all kinds. This is why I get so angry when people say "I don't believe in the Mormon gospel, but it's a good place to raise children."  How the hell can that be a good idea to put into a child's mind?!?!?!?!  'Oh, you're the one causing your own pain.'

Abuse is about power. Those abusing want to keep the power. A classic abuse tactic is to make the victim feel that he or she is responsible for what is happening. Even without the abuser pushing this idea, many victims go the "if only I did this" or "if only I had done that" route to try and work through their mass of confusing and scary emotions. This quote feeds on that very common feeling and re-victimizes the abused.


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