Every once in a while a movie or TV show comes along that actually “gets” young people today or provides a glimpse at “how to reach them.” Well, Netflix just released a series titled, Unbelievable, that literally took my breath away, on several levels.
First, I’m writing a book on social media right now and happen to be waist deep in research about predators (which sadly sometimes turns into sexual assault, rape, sex slavery, etc.). And this series is about rape victims.
Secondly, this Unbelievable series provides a picture-perfect example of how not to treat people who are victims of abuse, bullying, rape, etc. I mean perfectly! As in, I would actually make my youth ministry volunteers watch episode one and then episode two of this series, and then we’d all meet together and compare the two polar opposite ways we could treat those who are abused, assaulted, etc. and discuss what this looks like in the youth ministry world.
I’d do the same with parents of today’s teens. I’d tell them to watch this, at least the first two episodes and then discuss how the foster parents responded in the series, what went wrong and the correct way to respond. And yes, I’d warn them, “Even though this series is very responsible and doesn’t have any gratuitous nudity or eye-candy, it does show quick flash’s of a rape from the victim’s point of view. And yes, it’s difficult to step into this person’s shoes. That’s the point. And I’d watch it with my own 16 to 18-year-old girl.” It’s that good.
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Source: Church Leaders