Doug’s Bicknell’s Story – Part 1
Over twenty years has passed since my son, Scott, was sexually abused. I have a grandchild now and, a new husband, as Scott’s abuse caused so much stress that the family ended in divorce.
I had not joined a church. Since my negative experience as an Independent Fundamental Baptist, I was leery of any formal religion. My husband and I used AA and Al-Anon extensively for support. I knew there was more to God than what could be gleaned from those two programs, so I studied my Bible to fill in the gaps. “Dr. Professor” believed that I should try to go back to the IFB Island (church). After all these years, many of the people who had been at the church were gone.
“Dr. Professor” taught a small Sunday School class there, so we started to attend. We went to some services as well. I reconnected with a few old friends who had remained in the brood all those years. A new leader had taken over for the old “Cock Rooster” as Pastor of the church. I had actually gone to Maranatha with the new pastor. He seemed meek and loving. I respected his dramatic and musical abilities. “Dr. Professor” assured me that I would never find a better pastor or church; and since he had literally saved my life once, I felt that he would not lead me into harm’s way. I was still angry that the abuse had happened to Scott and, that no one had stood up to help my husband to save his job back then; but, sitting in the their pews again, was easier because I had no financial ties to the IFB and, I knew I could leave at the first sign of abuse or manipulation.
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Posted on May 12, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Religion and tagged AA and Al-Anon, “Dr. Professor”, child abuse, child molestation, child rape, child sex abuse, clergy abuse, crimes against children, Doug Bicknell, IFB Island (church), Independent Fundamental Baptist, Maranatha. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.