So I was watching Pat Robertson hosting the TV show “The 700 Club” show interview a woman (last name Flores) who was caught in a sex traffic ring years ago. (You can watch/ read her interview online (Link:) here.)
I was not not paying close attention to this interview until one point, where Robertson happened to begin grilling the woman (who wrote a book about her experience called “A Slave Across The Street”), about specific details about her ordeals as a teen-aged sex slave.
Robertson actually asked her questions such as, ‘did the men use objects to penetrate you?’, and he felt the need to mention specifics, such as, “so the men had you bound hand and foot on a bed, spread eagle, where they raped you and then slapped you…”- etc.
Really, I don’t think it’s necessary to go into extreme details on a so-called Christian show that airs at 9 AM, 2 PM, 10 PM during the day, to give us an idea of the hellish nature of her situation.
One reason I found Robertson’s prurient interest creepy is that he did find it so interesting.
He seemed to be titillated or entertained by her sexual attacks. (Please click the “read more” link below to read the rest of this post)
When someone tells me that he or she was sexually assaulted, I don’t want to hear or know the exact details, and certainly not to get my jollies!
The only reason I’d consent to listen to details is if the victim says he or she would find healing in being able to vent about exactly what happened – but I would inwardly cringe during the entire conversation. I’d listen, if it would help the person, but it’s not something I’d want to listen to.
Then Robertson goes on to ask her, “So, you’re married now, did you tell your husband about what happened [about the sexual abuse]?”
By the way, I have nothing against Flores. I am sorry she was kidnapped and forced into sex slavery. I think it’s great she is speaking out against this.
Anyway, what business is it of Robertson’s how this woman’s marriage was impacted by her being repeatedly raped as a teen? Maybe I’m wrong, but I got the impression his motive for asking was that he was trolling for salacious details about her sex life with her spouse.
It’s none of Robertson’s business how her sex life is, or even if she has one (some couples decide jointly that they are not interested in sex, so they stay married but don’t have sex. They want companionship but not sex. That is normal for some married couples).
Yes, there is a valid point to be made that a girl who was sex trafficked as a kid may have problems or sexual issues in her marriage (if she goes on to get married later in life), but Robertson was not framing his questions in that manner.
He just seemed intrigued or too curious about how her sex life is now, as though it was fascinating to him, like how some of us would find an episode of detective television show “CSI Miami” fascinating. How revolting of him.
EDIT: And please realize this is a habit of Robertson’s. It’s not a one-time offense.
I watch 700 Club every single day. I’ve probably missed only two episodes in the last seven years or so.
Sometimes I find the testimonies on the show encouraging, at other times, the taint of Word of Faith that permeates the show is like a train wreck that I can’t look away from. That’s why I watch the show.
Anyway, this Robertson guy, who hosts the show 2 or 3 times a week, has a habit of taking too strong an interest in stories pertaining to sexual abuse or addiction.
I remember on one show, his co-host Kristi, interviewed a woman whose pastor husband (pastor Zachary Tims) had died, and the woman, Mrs. Tims, wrote a book about all this.
Before Zachary Tims died, he had numerous affairs on his wife. At one point, he had a mistress in France or whatever.
After Kristi was shown interviewing this woman, the footage switched back to Kristi sitting in the 700 Club studio next to Robertson.
Robertson began grilling Kristi for salacious details about the dead pastor’s mistress. He wanted to know exactly how many mistresses Tims had, where they had sex, how often, and things like that.
Kristi was understandably shocked and kept trying to dodge and evade the intrusive questions. She also seemed grossed out that Robertson was that interested in the naughty details of the affairs.