A clean slate for victims and abusers

Like many, I was moved by the recent surge of stories from survivors of sexual assault—generally, though not exclusively, women. Many were speaking out for the first time.

These recent revelations were prompted by a high-stakes political drama, and like others watching around the world, I was focused on the practical and moral ramifications of what was unfolding. Yet I increasingly noticed something else that concerned me quietly threading itself through the entire debate, which was the broad acceptance that a traumatic experience is permanently damaging. The outpouring of stories made it clear to me how many people would benefit if that single assumption could be overturned in their lives. Since Christian Science has shown me we can be freed from the consequences of past tragedy, I longed to see others know that freedom.

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