Epstein’s Sexual Abuse – From the Bible (Part 2)
Power and Strength in Disclosure
In Part One, we discussed Jeffrey Epstein’s estimated thousands of sexual abuses, the effects these abuses, and why so many of those who were abused have not come forward. We also discussed the actual benefits of reporting the abuse and to report it as soon as possible.
Epstein’s abuse is an example of the rich and famous taking advantage of the young and defenseless.
What Does the Bible Say About Rape?
Sexual sin of all kinds is treated very harshly in the Bible. The family unit was established by God as the very foundation of society, so anything that undermined that, was taken seriously. Here are some examples:
- If a virgin who is engaged (Equivalent to being married by Biblical Standards) is raped, the man must be killed, and nothing should be done to the female, she is innocent. Being engaged was a serious commitment by both parties and their families. It was considered the same as being married. In this way, anything done to an engaged woman was considered the same as if she was already married. It is as if the man raped someone’s wife.
Women Who Were Raped Were Provided a Choice
- If a virgin who is not engaged is raped, the perpetrator must marry her and pay a small fine to her father, and he must also pay the dowry (or the Bride Price). He is not allowed to ever divorce her. If she and her father do not want her to marry the man who raped her, then the man must still pay the fine and dowry to the victim’s family.
In this way, the women and her family have a choice. It was difficult, during those times, for females who were not virgins, and not married. It limited their choices since some men did not want to marry them. This meant that some women would choose to get married to their perpetrator, knowing he could never divorce them, ensuring their protection for as long as their husband was alive.
On the other hand, if the man was unacceptable to the women and her family, she had the choice to have her father “utterly” refuse him, but it still required the perpetrator to pay the fine and the dowry. This would make her more ‘attractive’ to other possible suiters and reduce the ‘tarnish’ of her attack. This dowry would be a blessing to her and her family.
Women Were Given the Benefit of Doubt
- If a virgin who is engaged is approached sexually but she does not resist or protest against the act, they both must be killed.
If the woman does not resist and cries out, it was deemed she either encouraged or willingly participated in the advance. They are both guilty of adultery and would be killed. The wording differentiates between an attack that happened in the city versus the country (See footnotes #1 and #4). If a woman was attacked in a city and she called out, she would almost surely be heard. But in the country, there would be no way to be sure if the woman cried out, since no one may have been in earshot. In other words, outside of the city, the female would have the benefit of doubt. In this way, God recognizes that sexual attacks were most likely male, not female, initialed (For an exception to this, see Genesis 39:1-20 where Potiphar’s wife tried to physically assault Joseph to the point where she grabs his cloths, and he ran out of their home naked.)
Adultery Was Strictly Forbidden
- If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, they both must be killed. This is consistent with what we covered in #3 above since it was a consensual act. This verse goes on to say the evil of adultery must be purged from Israel. Adultery wrecks the family unit, what God designed as the foundation of society. To tear down the family unit, is to tear down society. One of the Ten Commandments is to not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14; and Deuteronomy 5:18). A strong society, therefore, is one that discourages any sexual act outside of marriage.
Next week we will continue on this Sexual Assault series and investigate David and Bathsheba (As she takes a bath, wink, wink), and try to understand why they were not killed as outlined in the laws laid down above.
As mentioned in Part 1, if you have been sexually abused, reporting the crime to a trusted person prevents long lasting negative psychological, emotional, and mental conditions, now and that linger later in life. Please reach out to a trusted relative, friend, or Pastor. We also recommend call the RAINN hotline (RAINN.org 800-656-HOPE ) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
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 Deuteronomy 22:25-26 (NIV) 25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. 26 Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death.
 Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NIV) 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
 Exodus 22:16-17 (KJV) 16 …if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. 17 If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
 Deuteronomy 22:23-24 (KJV) 23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; 24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.
 Deuteronomy 22:22 (NIV) 22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.