The ‘vulnerable’ – this is a term widely publicised these days. To many, within the context of the Covid-19 crisis, the term implies old age and underlying health conditions. The term should be enlarged to include everyone who find themselves within abusive situations. For most of us, lockdown and isolation may cause irritation and frustration (because of rowdy kids, noisy neighbours, inability to travel, niggly relational unpleasantries). Then, for some, this means being entrapped with and suffering at the hands of abusive people.
Last week we began a conversation along these lines with a charity from the Midlands (Ireland). That was an initial contact which could materialise into projects ‘on the ground’ once lockdown is lifted and in-person meetings can take place. In the meantime, herewith below are a few links with useful information for the vulnerable at risk of domestic and/or sexual abuse. Please familiarise yourself with it and pass it on to those you may suspect that need it. Also, spare a prayer for the silent victims of abuse.
“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” ― Dave Pelzer, A Child Called "It".
“If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” – Matthew 18:6.
Pr. Dan Serb, 1 April 2020