You must meet Clara Hinton.
She is a wife and mother.
She is also a former preacher’s wife.
Her husband is serving hard time for child molestation.
At least 23 counts.
Over at least a 40 year time frame.
He was a preacher.
A trusted man.
A loved man.
A believable man.
At the same time, he was a purveyor of a consummate evil.
He betrayed those who entrusted him.
He used the Bride of Christ as avenue to perpetuate a horror far to great to even try and comprehend.
You simply must meet Clara Hinton. She is on the front lines… she has had an experience of evil that is all to common. She has a first hand knowledge of how those who prey on children work.
To ignore her is dangerous.
On her blog she tells the story of her experiences. Just a little bit of reading will catch you up to where she is in sharing this strange journey. Her wisdom is compelling.
As one who has had the evil of molestation invade and destroy, let me make you a most solemn promise: You want to do everything you can to avoid, evade, and stop molesters.
It is an evil that has a lasting impact.
Here are two things Clara Hinton says in her latest blog post:
Pedophiles are liars and manipulators on every level. Playing people as puppets delights them. They are masters of deception and they know how to take total control.
Pedophiles are conniving, manipulating, deceitful liars who work hard to harm our children. It’s time for us to open our eyes wide and stop this horrendous cycle of abuse!!!
Please take the time to listen to her and her son, Jimmy. He too is writing and sharing information we need.
I don’t know how much speaking and teaching I will get to do on the subject, but I plan to educate as much as possible–it is another way to honor those I have lost as a result of this pervasive horror.
And guys, if I might add one more thing or make one more suggestion, it would be this: trust the instincts of your wife. Even if you have to apologize later, you will be better off doing that than living with the results if she was right and you did not honor the threat she perceived.
Been there and doing that. In that regard, don’t be like me!
God bless and have a happy Lord’s Day tomorrow!
Les Ferguson, Jr.