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Jimmy Hinton is a child protection advocate, a pastor, a husband and a father. In 2011, after learning that his (pastor) father had molested young girls, he and his mom turned him in to authorities. He is now serving a 30-60 year sentence, and won’t be eligible for parole for 30 years.
How Our Stories Intersected
Jimmy and I met in person in September as members of GRACE. Together with several others, we’ll be helping churches become certified in child safety procedures. If you’d like to learn more about that, click here. But we actually talked on the phone a couple years ago about the story he’s sharing with you today. Every time I hear his story, I want to stand up and cheer. Jimmy believed the victims. He turned his father in to authorities. He did one of the bravest, gutsiest things I’ve ever seen done on behalf of victims.
He is now spending his life helping protect others from sexual abuse. He is unpacking the mind of a pedophile (his father) in order to warn us all about the traits and dangers of these kinds of offenders. Please be praying for him. This is dark, difficult work. Truly, Jimmy is one of my heroes.
In this episode Jimmy shares about his upbringing, the day he found out his father was a child molester, the roller coaster ride of turning him in and the long road to sentencing. In the episode I also mention his mother’s gutsy blog about what it was like being married to a pedophile.
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Thank you so much Mary for having Jimmy on your restory program. What an amazing man, and so courageous. I’m praying for him and his family and that God would continue to use him mightily in His Kingdom. Praying for his healing and much blessings in the years to come.
Praying for you as well Mary.
I heard about Jimmy a year a 2 ago, and I thought, “Oh my gosh! I’m not the only person who was raised by a pedophile!” Our stories are different, but I relate so much to that emotional turmoil.
What a difficult story. I’m grateful you’re thriving today.
I usually don’t feel like I’m thriving. Probably because for so many years I did everything I could to pretend it never happened. 25 years of numbing and escaping with alcohol to put up a facade of normalcy to cover up the wreck I was on the inside. It’s taken a lot of work to stop numbing and face that part of my past so that I can finally heal. But more than that, God has shown me so much grace.
How brave to STOP numbing. Wow. I’m grateful for you.