Walking Through Abuse with a Loved One – Jacob and Rachael Denhollander share their experiences
Rachael suffered sexual abuse as a child, from two male perpetrators. One was a church leader, the other was Dr Larry Nassar who is now in jail for abusing multiple girls in his role as doctor for high level gymnasts. Rachael’s husband, Jacob, is not a survivor of sexual abuse.
Rachael and Jacob describe how in their relationship they have walked through the difficulties of Rachael having been traumatized by these perpetrators of abuse.
Many readers of this blog have never experienced having a spouse who is kind and humble and willing to learn, like Jacob is. Watching this video may bring up grief for you. You may feel sad that you have never experienced such kindness from a spouse.
Some of our readers are supporting other survivors of abuse. Some of you are married to survivors of abuse. If either of those conditions apply to you, I think you will find Jacob’s testimony very interesting and helpful.
The video lasts for 1 hr and 10 mins. First Rachael and Jacob tell their story, then they answer questions from the audience.
Jacob and Rachael gave this talk at the Valued Conference in April 2019.