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From being a victim to victory

Name withheld at author's request

From the July 2003 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When my father died over 20 years ago, he was the founder and CEO of a large corporation, a dynamic individual, with vision, charisma, and business acumen. He was a religious man, a deacon in his church, and a Sunday School teacher for young college students. He was a generous man, who took care of his extended family and contributed to this community.

But he also had a hidden, darker side. My father had a violent temper. And he sexually abused me for 20 years, beginning when I was about three years old.

By the time I got to college, I had many problems. But it was during this period that I encountered Christian Science. I felt the immediate effects of this newfound truth, including freedom from physical pain and low self-esteem. One day while walking across the campus, I saw Jesus' words inscribed on a building: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32. From the spiritual discovery I was experiencing, I felt I now knew what it was to know the truth of God's presence in my life and how liberating that was. This spiritual knowledge made me feel hopeful beyond what I had previously thought possible.

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