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Healing the hurt of rape and abuse – Day 4

A culture of silence

Bible text(s)

20When her brother Absalom saw her, he asked, “Has Amnon molested you? Please, sister, don't let it upset you so much. He is your half-brother, so don't tell anyone about it.” So Tamar lived in Absalom's house, sad and lonely.

2 Samuel 13:20GNBOpen in Bible reader

Tamar was denied justice. The seriousness of the rape is underplayed. She is told to keep it quiet and forget about it. Not only is her reputation in tatters, but her future is destroyed.

Tamar’s brother Absalom said to her, “How could Amnon have done such a terrible thing to you! But since he’s your brother, don’t tell anyone what happened. Just try not to think about it.”

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