Thursday, September 23, 2021

How to Recognize the Signs a Child is Being Abused Sexually

Before five years old, predators came into Sean Wheller's life, using him for sexual purposes until he was nine.  By the time he was seven, Sean was used in child pornography for the next two years.  By nine years old he was drinking, smoking, and addicted to pornography. 

When his family moved from the small Midwestern town he grew up in, the damage was done. But....God rescued him.


Based on 15 years of previous studies, EcPat USA released a study in 2016 clearly showing that boys are as vulnerable to abuse as girls - YET....when they seek help they are often met with indifference.

Wretch – Haunted by Shadows, Rescued by Jesus is the story of how Sean became a victim of child trafficking and how God led him to a counselor who would change his life forever. This was the beginning of Starfish Ministries Colorado, a 501c3 non-profit working in the fight against child trafficking to provide a voice for boys who are often left out of the conversation.

Sean's story has been heard by over 3.5 million people worldwide. In Sean's interview, he explains the difficulty in exposing this problem and what we can do about it. Our sons are vulnerable targets and yet, not getting the help they need.

His interview is spell-binding. His closing statement says it all: It is not about what people did to you but what God has done for you, in you, and what is now happening through you.

Child pornography/trafficking is a $140 billion business. Sean shares what is happening and what each of us can do to bring change in our communities.

His story will be released on the big screen soon. It is a message the world needs to hear:

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Wretch: Haunted by Shadows, Rescued by Jesus focuses on the author's own story of healing from the sexual and physical abuse he experienced as a young boy. Sean Wheeler explores the depression, low self-esteem, negative thoughts, and self-destructive actions that stem from his abuse. 

He discusses the real-life effects of sexual abuse, such as trouble maintaining relationships and jobs. Depending on his faith in God and God's love for him, he began finding answers to his questions such as "Why did this happen?" and "Why would God let this happen to me?" 

In a raw and emotional description of what the long road to recovery looks like, Sean Wheeler writes about his experiences, from the obstacles to finding the right kind of support center, to visiting a therapist, to confronting his memories. 

Writing from the perspective of a man in a situation that often stigmatizes men and boys for wanting help, he aims to help other men find the courage and strength to look for their own healing. 






Ecpat USA - Sean has joined their survivor leaders group



  1. This is horrific people could abuse an innocent child. I am so thankful God set Sean free from this nightmare and is using his life to help others find freedom!

    1. Thank you for commenting. Yes - it is wonderful how Sean used that nightmare to bring help to so many thousands of others who had been abused.