Narrowly Kidnapped Victim Shares Traumatic Story

Source: Baptist Standard

One day while walking near her residence, Sarah Taylor, the wife of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor, was assaulted by a stranger. 

As they wrestled, she knew if the man managed to pull her into the car, she could possibly die.

“He had his hand locked in my chest, and I thought he had stabbed me. That’s how bad the pain was. He began to yank my hair. He took my head and started shoving me into the back of his car with all of his power,” she said.

Tasing him during the scuffle, Taylor ran down a residential road in screaming hoping to get someone’s attention. Upon seeing her, a female driver stopped and took her to the police station.

Once at the police station, she discovered that a serial trafficker was in the area attempting to kidnap women. Taylor recalled all she could do to stay calm was speak and meditate on the name of Jesus.

“I truthfully believed everyone wanted to kill me, that I wasn’t safe and that I was going to die,” she said. “All of the happiness and joy that I usually carry with me was just stolen.”

Connecting with a Christian counselor after the ordeal, Taylor began to feel God nudging at her heart.

“I had this moment in therapy where I closed my eyes for a second and I heard a voice. It was a man and right away, I knew it was Jesus,” Taylor said. “He said: ‘Sarah, don’t be fearful. I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ And ever since that moment, I felt like I had … this incredible peace.

“I decided to just start saying his name. I just started saying Jesus out loud when I began to get fearful. The name of Jesus brought so much comfort.”

Since processing her experience, Taylor feels stronger and credits counseling with helping connect with God and learning to forgive the assailant.

“Genuine authentic forgiveness was so important for me,” she said. “That’s truthfully the only reason I feel like I’ve been able to heal from my biggest wounds. Although it took me many years, ultimately forgiveness brought me so much peace.”

By sharing her story, Taylor hopes to raise awareness about sexual assaults and human trafficking.

Source: Baptist Standard