My life mission right now is to starve predators, and teach child sexual abuse prevention to anyone that will listen.
Eddie Long was accused of gifting four boys with extravagant trips and items (manipulation), in order to gain their trust and sexually abuse them.
While any high profile investigation in the media speculates that an attempt to bankrupt the predator is the “reason” for allegations, studies show that boys do not “come out” with such allegations as a coercion of their own, for money/restitution.
What excites me about this case is the fact that his wife has so much integrity that Vanessa Long responded to whatever she found to be true, whether her children may have been abused and shared this with their mom in secret (rightfully so), or whether she was given proof of his acts. Heck, I don’t care if God told her himself.
What I am appreciative of is the example that she is giving to black women across the country who have been quiet too long!
She mustered up the courage, dignity and strength to say no. She then made it clear to the media, you and I that she will privately handle her business.
Mrs. Long, you have my respect and my support. I know this is a hard time for Mrs. Long and it may seem that I am way too emotionally satisfied by the separation and divorce of the Long’s marriage. I am always disheartened by a marriage that does not last, however I do believe that my support is in favor of the fact that she has identified a predator and refused to keep a secret that could become a generational family curse.
She has broken the cycle, healing can begin with her children and the victims of child sexual abuse. They need our love, and prayers and respect during this time.
Ms. Long, you may not believe this but you will be used to be an example within the black community to starve predators, expose hunting behaviors and save the lives of children at risk.
I pray that God would reward you for your strength, courage and devine wisdom.
Birthday Wish List
Today is day 2 of the countdown until my birthday. This year we are doing 31 day wish list which I include at the end of a blog each day. Yesterday’s wish list begin with a request for Cornel West books, any of his books would mean the world to me. It was in honor of his Keynote Address I attended yesterday (check out the blog).
In honor of Vanessa Long’s choice to divorce Eddie Long, I’m going to make a rather bold request here. I’d like to speak with the members of New Birth Baptist Church about child sexual abuse, teaching my Ten Ways to Safeguard your Child from Child Sexual Abuse. I’d also like to talk about overcoming such devastation.
I really don’t hold back do I? Well, that is my addition to my wish list. Ultimately the gift would be to allow me to be a change agent in the lives of those who may be confused about how they should feel in this situation. People will develop unclear trust issues, and some will turn away from God. My work will help put things into a perspective that invites healing.
- Eddie Long’s Wife filed for Divorce (ressurrection.wordpress.com)
- Eddie Long’s Wife ALMOST filed for Divorce (ressurrection.wordpress.com)
- Did Tyler Perry pressure the victim from Penn State to testify in his Open Letter? (ressurrection.wordpress.com)