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Mother catches boyfriend raping 5 -year-old girl, spanks her

Perhaps the most disturbing thing isn’t that a man of about 50 years old raped and molested a 5-year-old girl – it’s that the girl’s mother saw the assault and spanked the child. It took three trials to finally convict the woman’s boyfriend, Mr. Warren Fambro, and on Thursday a Fulton County judge sentenced the 57-year-old to life, according to the district attorney’s office.

The incident happened in 2004 when the young girl was left in the man’s care, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Brown said Friday. Mr. Fambro approached the child while she was asleep in her mother’s bed, then raped and molested her, Ms. Brown said. “The mother, who had just returned home from work, walked in on the attack and spanked her daughter,” Ms. Brown said.

The woman never reported the incident. It was the state Department of Family and Child Services who found out about the incident two years later while monitoring the family for a separate matter. They arranged for a forensic interview, and police arrested Mr. Fambro afterwards.

Investigators also discovered Mr. Fambro had raped two women in 1988 and 2001. Although those incidents did not result in convictions, the women testified at this week’s trial, Ms. Brown said. “Fambro’s first trial ended in a mistrial with 11 jurors voting to convict and one to acquit,” Ms. Brown said. “His second trial resulted in a conviction but was later reversed due to ‘ineffective assistance of counsel.’” After Thursday’s conviction, Mr. Fambro was immediately sentenced to life without parole, Ms. Brown said. The child’s mother previously pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children. She was sentenced to 10 years probation, ordered to take parenting classes and submit to mental health treatment, Ms. Brown said.

Sexual Assault Statistics

44% of sexual assault victims are under age 18

80% are under age 30
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of sexual assault
60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police
15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail
Approximately 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance

Broken Children, Grown Up Pain

When you’re hurt in childhood, the pain can affect you your whole life and can even shape the person you become. But that doesn’t mean you have to let the wounds of your childhood destroy your present and future.

In this informative, challenging book, Paul Hegstrom, author of Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them, examines the result of childhood pain and pinpoints solutions from God’s Word. If you or someone you love was wounded as a child, you’ll find hope and help to deal with that childhood trauma as you reach for a healed future.

7 Deadly Signs of Abuse


Helplessness often results when one partner assumes full control over the relationship and attacks the other partner’s competence. One person makes all the decision. That person does not hesitate to ridicule or criticize the other in public and in private. Words like “stupid,” “ignorant,” or “incompetent ” are common.

The abusing partner offers no reassurance, stability, or commitment. It is impossible to predict either the behavior or the feelings of the abusing partner or of the relationship. It may be characterized by the “off-again, on-again” pattern or by the abusing partner being frequently unavailable. Actions that produce pleasure one day may provoke verbal or even physical abuse the next.

Hostility typically takes the form of aggression, anger, rage and irritability.” The abused person responds in kind to the partner’s behavior, either openly or privately. The open hostility would be characterized by a raised voice, hurtful or angry words, or accusations against the partner. Private hostility includes such things as hidden resentment, plotted revenge, and private negative fantasies. The hostility may also be internalized as guilt or anger.

Frustration results when the abusing partner fails to satisfy needs for affection, intimacy, attention, acceptance, approval, reassurance, praise, or any other emotional need. No matter how hard the partner tries to please the other, it never is enough. They will praise others but never mention your own achievements. They “work the room” but leave you standing alone in the corner.

Any action which constitutes a betrayal or abuse of trust is likely to result in cynicism. Obviously having an affair with another person fits into this category. Additionally, patterns of borrowing money which is never repaid, making promises which are seldom kept, or sharing information given in confidence will likely produce cynicism.

This sign includes feelings of diminished self-worth, inadequacy, negative self-image, reduced self-confidence, and deterioration of self-respect, with associated depression.” Choosing to remain in a relationship in which a person feels devalued inevitably leads to increased loss of self-esteem.

Loss of self-esteem happens through a cycle of faulty logic: First, you recognize that you are in a relationship in which you feel unloved, unworthy, and mistreated. That you would choose such a relationship causes you to doubt your judgment. Your try to “fix” it by changing yourself or your partner, but when that doesn’t work you conclude that you not only have poor judgment, you also are inept at relationship skills. Thus, you reason that “people get what they deserve,” and since you are being treated badly, you must deserve it. Obviously, then, the only thing for you to do is to accept the treatment since you “don’t deserve nor could hope for a better relationship.

Hopelessness usually results after numerous vain attempts to communicate the need for a change, with the partner ignoring all approaches. A person who recognizes a lack of responsiveness is their partner can be warned from the beginning that the relationship is developing in an unhealthy manner and there is likely trouble ahead.

Do You Recognize the Signs of Abuse

Do any of the following statements sound familiar?

· There is blaming, cursing, or name calling.
· One person controls the finances.
· There is control of outside interests and friendships.
· I see a “Jekyll/Hyde” personality.
· I make excuses for their behavior.
· Sex is not a “mutual” agreement.
· Household responsibilities are not shared.
· There was violence in our families while growing up.
· There are mind games, hostile humor, and/or put downs in public.
· I cannot express my own opinion.
· I have trouble communicating.
· I live in fear.
· I have unrealistic expectations for myself and others.
· I feel isolated from my friends and family.
· One person makes all the decisions.
· I feel intimidated by looks, actions, and/or voice tone.
· They threaten suicide or to leave me.
· There is undue jealousy of my friends, family, and/or my time.
· There is destruction of my personal property and/or abuse of pets.
· My children are being used against me in any way possible.
· I feel angry, on edge, depressed, trapped, and/or suicidal.
· I find myself yelling at others, especially those I love.
· I have been a victim of verbal, sexual, and/or physical abuse.
· I feel alone with absolutely no one to confide in.
· I struggle with feeling rejected.
· There is no respect for privacy in our home.
· Whenever I share things, it’s eventually used against me.
· I am constantly guessing what is wrong or what I did.
· My partner/friend seems to tune me out and never really communicates with me.

The Missing Pieces to My Purpose

“She was 54 years old when she finally revealed her secret. She was only trying to protect her child from the demons of her past. What she didn’t know, is that I had the key to her deliverance”.

In the past, I have hinted to the fact that I was searching for my identity. Even after thirty eight years, I’ve had questions for my mother about who I was as a man. Who am I really? Why do I react the way that I do? Why do I still have these inner struggles? Why does she never talk about my birth? How does it come into play with the purpose God has for me?

I’ve been asking God for years to open doors, to bring relationships, and give me insight that would help me fill this void that was inside of me. A young man, now a father, a husband, a brother, and even a minister of the gospel; trying to lead, and all the while looking backwards for traces of who I really am. I know that God is my heavenly father, but there is a natural link to your spiritual destiny. You must first discover one in order to uncover the other.

It was Monday, September 29th, 2008, approximately 9:45 pm, Eastern Standard Time. I had finally received a vital piece of a puzzle that I’ve been trying to assemble for most of my adult life. It was a key to my identity, and an understanding to my purpose. My real true identity, not the one the enemy tried to give me, but the one that he actually attempted to steal from me.

“I’m just trying to understand some things about myself”, I said. “Can you tell me a little about my father, or what happened with him? How come you never talk about what happened?” Earlier that evening I had been in our intercessory prayer. It was a good thing; now I was more prepared for what I would hear than I would have ever thought possible. “Well”, I hear over the long-distance phone call. As she clears her throat, and speaks with a mixture of fear and faith, “When I was 15 years old”, she paused again, “I was raped. He doesn’t know about you, and has never laid eyes on you. I don’t know where he is, what he is, or if he even still exists”.

She was 54 years old when she finally revealed her secret. She was only trying to protect her child from the demons of her past. What she didn’t know, is that I had the key to her deliverance. At that moment, I was able to draw on the power of God’s Holy Spirit within me to forgive this man, and also minister to my mother. I was able to release her from the burden of carrying her secret, and I prophesied healing and deliverance into her life; helping her begin her road to recovery. She has lived a life full of personal battles and financial struggles, produced by the pain of what she was forced to carry all of these years. I imagined how difficult it was for her over the years to look into the face of the child she loved so much, as he grew into the reflection of the man who brought her so much pain. Wow, what strength, what commitment, what love! Although I didn’t always hear the words come from her mouth verbally, I always knew it was there. Now, I feel even more what she could not say then. She sacrificed more than I knew.

That news didn’t put anger in my heart for what he did to my mom, but it did put a fire in my soul for even greater work towards spreading the Gospel and telling others that there is total deliverance from your past demons of sexual perversions, addictions, childhood abuses, rapes, molestations, incest, and any other tool that the enemy tries to use to bind up your mind and steal your true identity. You are not what you experienced! Your past may have shaped you, but it does not define you.

The unfortunate thing was that it temporarily put anger in my heart for my very own wife, who was completely innocent, and had played no part in this at all. I wasn’t angry at her because once again she went to bed early, and we had not made love. Believe me, that’s a-(whole)-nother article. I was angry because once again, she went to bed early, but this time I really needed her, but I didn’t need her physically. I needed to talk to her. I needed to hold her. I needed to release some of these emotions I was experiencing. I felt completely alone. I felt angry. I felt abandoned. Now, where was the same Holy Spirit that helped me to forgive the man who raped my mother 38 years ago?

The next few days would be a roller coaster of emotion. That weekend, I lay on the couch in the living room, nursing body aches and chilled bones, supposedly being attacked by sickness and depression. I slowly move towards the kitchen cabinet to grab a bottle of Advil, but know with a certainty that the pain I feel is not at all physical. It has nothing at all to do with anything that may be going wrong in my body. What I was suffering from was a simple case of pure unforgiveness, selfishness, stubbornness, and pride. I hear the words in my spirit, “It’s good that you are able to forgive him so easily, but why is it hard to forgive her? If you would just forgive her, and let her know that you need her, it will go away”. After I forgave her, and I asked her to forgive me, we were able to focus on the unity we would need to fight our battles together.

"So how do you feel?” she finally asked. Strangely enough, I feel even more valued, and more confident of my purpose, because God had entrusted His spirit to live inside of me, even though he knew how I came to be. It wasn’t about the method of my conception, but the meaning behind all the madness I had been through during my life. Why the sexual addictions and pornography were tormentors as far back as I have memories. Why the devil continually tried to destroy my life through mental and emotional attacks for all of these years. Even now, I am not ashamed, nor am I afraid.

Now I understood with more clarity, my course in life. And guess what? I had been led along the right road. I had been heading in the right direction. I just have to pick up the pace and walk with more boldness and confidence. There are more people who need to know about Arrested Development Ministry. They need to be aware of the attacks that the devil wages towards our children at early ages to try and cripple them emotionally for the rest of their lives. Others need to experience the freedom that my wife and I have been fighting to have in our marriage, despite histories of sexual addictions and childhood molestations.

If you are a woman, and you can relate to the experience of holding onto a painful secret from your past; know today that there is a God who loves you. Despite what happened to you, what was said to you, and what was done to you; you can be set free today! What happened was not God’s will for your life, but it will still work into the plan for your life to destroy the works of the enemy over your life. There is an anointing for healing right now where you are, to deal with that issue; to heal that memory, and to take you through the process of making it less painful day by day. You have to tell God where it hurts. You have to tell Him what they did to you. You have to uncover the pain.

You may not want to deal with it right now, and you just might be refusing your own healing. You may be comfortable in your confinement, but you will never be triumphant until you turn on the light, and expose what the enemy has used to control your life with in the darkness. If you sit in a room, and the lights are suddenly turned off, it could be uncomfortable for a while. If you sit there long enough, your eyes will adjust to your environment. You can still function. You have the ability to survive in darkness, but you can only thrive where there is light.

If you are a man and you read these words and relate to the search for your identity, know today, that you must first find out who you are in Christ, and what you discover after that point can be managed. There was a line in one of Tyler Perry’s movies that I will never forget. Wise-cracking Madea spoke to a little girl and said, “It’s not what people call you that matters, it’s what you answer to”. You are not who they say you are, you are who God says you are, and what you agree to what He says about you. You are not a man just because you have male genitals, you are a man only when you reflect the character of God (in spirit, soul, and in body). Genesis 1:26a, And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… Men, you only find your true identity, when you reflect God in every area of your life. Can God see His reflection in you?

Man of God, even if you may have committed one or more of these acts, still know that there is forgiveness for you as well. Know that you do not have to define your manhood by your boyhood. You don’t have to continue to be who you once were. Whatever your current state is, there is healing for you. Take this opportunity to ask God to help you find the missing pieces. Women are not the only ones sitting by wells, trying to fill the voids in their lives with people. Men also use people, positions, things, activities, food, drugs, sex, you name it. There is a void, but only one that will fill it totally and completely. His name is Jesus.

Right now, I am at peace. I’m walking without pain towards the promises that God has prepared for my life; with more of an assurance that I am loved, and with more of an assurance that I am a complete man. Not only because now I know where I come from, but because of the fact that I am able to forgive, I also know where I am going. I’m still not perfect, but I’m more complete than I was. Now, I have to reach back to bring some completion to another; the daughter that I have played the role of the “Prodigal Father” to all of these years. Not estranged because I wanted to be, but not close enough because I didn’t know how to be. Because I didn’t have all the pieces, I was unsure and afraid to at least give her what I had to give. Today is a great day, for putting together People Puzzles.