Honor killings and abuse have become increasingly common in Iran; approximately 70-percent of women experience rape or sexual trauma. Earlier this month, a man set his wife on fire after learning she was pregnant with their sixth daughter.
“We’ve [heard about] men who sold their wives to other men for money. We’ve [talked to] young girls raped by their own fathers, by their brothers,” says Nazanin Baghestani, who oversees the follow-up component of Heart4Iran’s trauma counseling program.
“Muslim men treat women as an object; they don’t care about their lives.”
Heart4Iran operates a call center alongside its satellite TV broadcast, Mohabat TV. Trauma counselors speak to approximately 1,000 callers each month, offering compassion and hope.
“It takes time, but I would say 95-percent [of the callers] open up to us and tell all their secrets. That’s the first step of healing because they acknowledge what they have gone through,” Baghestani says.
“In severe cases, we try to connect [callers] to a home leader inside the country that will get them connected to actual help.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Heart4Iran’s trauma counselors; secondary trauma is a very real threat.
- Pray callers who place their faith in Christ find healing and forgiveness, as well as new purpose.