Some have even lost their faith after having been raped.
The Christian Church has a responsibility to address this issue in an appropriate manner, though it has largely ignored it or hidden evidence of it in the past, especially when a clergy member was the perpetrator.
Victims are often blamed by society, as well as by the church and its members for having been raped, even when there is absolutely no evidence to support this idea.
Some of these young boys grow up to have trouble maintaining an appropriate sex life with an adult female, and often turn to underage children, whether boys or girls, which only exacerbates childhood sexual abuse patterns.
About a third of all children subjected to childhood sexual abuse or rape will later become perpetrators of more rape or abuse.
While rape is sometimes carried out by a stranger, often it involves someone the victim knows in some community or family context.
Rape can be perpetrated by someone the victims knows from the home, the school, the church, the neighborhood, or any other context.
The victim’s first sexual encounter usually has a related affect on how their later sex life is experienced, especially if the perpetrator is someone the child loves and respects.
Older male homosexuals have been known to rape underage young boys, which only produces a confusion of the victim’s sexuality, and often encourages a later choice of a homosexual lifestyle.
Date rape takes place when the victim is in a limited dating relationship with the perpetrator, who then coerces or forces her into sexual intercourse in an involuntary context. Christians need to be informed of the true nature of rape, and should be the first to offer help to victims in any way that they can.
When a Christian woman or child is raped, often the spiritual repercussions are the hardest ones to deal with.
Victims should not be allowed to isolate themselves for a long period of time, but rather should have a good support system to rely on while recovering.