I recently had the opportunity to chat with Melissa Heiland on an episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast regarding what is sexual abuse and how do we help stop it. If you missed that episode, you can listen here: What is Sexual Abuse and Offering Hope for Survivors. In today’s post, Melissa is offering more encouragement by sharing 8 promises for sexual abuse survivors.

In the face of unimaginable pain and trials, finding peace and comfort can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Yet, amidst the darkness, there are promises from God that serve as beacons of hope, guiding survivors of sexual abuse, and anyone enduring hardship, toward healing and hope. These assurances, rooted in faith and compassion, offer a comforting reminder that even in the depths of despair, God is near to those navigating the aftermath of trauma.

Let these assurances be a source of strength and encouragement, reminding you that you are not alone in your journey toward healing and restoration.

Be sure to read to the end for a book giveaway!

8 Promises for Sexual Abuse Survivors
by Melissa Heiland

8 Promises for Sexual Abuse Survivors

  1. God is close to the broken-hearted
    “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
  2. God sees your pain
    “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” Psalm 56:8
  3. God loves you
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  4. God will help you
    “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1,2
  5. God has a beautiful plan for your life
    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
  6. God delights in you
    “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
  7. Nothing can separate you from God’s love
    “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38,39
  8. God will give you peace
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” Philippians 4:6,7

What other promises do you cling to in difficult times? We’d love to hear in the comments below.



About Melissa Heiland

Melissa Heiland, authorMelissa Heiland holds a Master of Education from Central Missouri State University. She has worked in pregnancy care ministry for over 25 years and served as Executive Director and Board Member. She served as a full-time missionary with the International Mission Board and has led volunteer mission teams since 2000. She is the founder of Beautiful Feet International, a mission organization that has planted more than 70 pregnancy centers in over 20 nations. Melissa trains pregnancy center staff and volunteers throughout the U.S.

Connect with  Melissa Heiland: Website




Book Giveaway

Book Cover for No Shame: A Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Melissa HeilandIn conjunction with this post and the podcast interview, Melissa is giving away a free copy of her book, No Shame: A Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse.

Leave a comment below sharing with us one thing you learned about the hope available for sexual abuse survivors and you will be entered into the contest for your chance to win a copy of his book.

You could also share this blog post on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter then comment here to tell us where you shared it and you’ll also be entered into the drawing.

The winner will be selected at random and announced next Monday, April 8, 2024. Continental United States only.





Amidst the darkness of trauma, God's promises shine brightly, offering comfort and strength to survivors of sexual abuse and others enduring hardship. Embrace these 8 Bible verses and discover the power of God's love in your healing journey.