Also, my perp assualted two people when he assaulted me. This is how I know: "what so ever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me". So as far as I'm concerned, I'm out of it. Its between them (my perp and lesser perps) and God. Its none of my business. There is nothing I could do to him to bring them to justice anyway.
Wow that's a great insight Les!
For years, even after I believed different & knew better, I felt
like God was one of my abusers, if for no other reason than He somehow "made" them do it or "made" it happen to me.
Finally that feeling is fading the more I realize how much Christ identified & suffered with me (re: "The Abused Christ: Survivor!" in Poetry), how truly my abusers abused Him when they abused me, how much He wants to help me thru it all!
Les, I too have pretty much left my perps in the hands of God, where they belong; He is infinitely more capable of bringing them to justice & punishing them than I or any human being or system could ever imagine being.
This doesn't necessarily mean I won't ever try to track them down and press charges against them. I do believe that God can bring about a partial justice in this world, thru people; and that He wants His people to do justice.
In some instances it may also be a matter of protecting others from abuse.
Also there is the somewhat unpopular concept of their "rehabilitation," a concept I happen to approve of under the right conditions. Better that they move from offender to possibly survivor (as many of them would also be survivors, my mother among them) & survivor advocates.
That probably won't happen unless I take action. Which isn't to say I'm obligated to, but it is something I feel I have to consider.
Well, thanks Les a lot to think about from you once again!