I posted this in the sexual abuse group but I feel I need more spiritual guidance regarding this. I have a friend who was sexually abused by the same sex. He hasn't opened up about it until this last week. He is in a position of authority over me but I see such pain in him. He does not know that I know. His wife confided in me. I feel that he is beginning to trust my husband and I. Because of the abuse he has suffered great hardship in his business because when he has to deal with conflict he freezes almost as if he is taking himself out of the situation. Because he doesn't deal with the conflict, it causes a lot of pain with others. My husband and I are trying to be a support to him through prayer and through helping him as much as we can. I was wondering if any of you understand this fear of not being able to face conflict and leave the scene. If so how did you get through this? I would appreciate your prayers for him and his family and that God would give us wisdom and show us what we can do to be of encouragement to him. I do believe that God has started the healing process for him because he is beginning to open up.
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