# 救贖

Trevor McDonald on Redemption

There are many views about the concept of redemption. It’s generally defined as the action of saving or being saved from sin, error , or evil. We take this to mean that someone has committed an act which is sinfull sinful or evil. My guest today did nothing of the thoughtsort. In fact, she was subjected to an active act of terrible violence and brutality, and it happened when she was only thirteen13. Madeleine Black was raped, yet today she can talk of having been redeemed through the active act of forgiveness.

Madeleine, how does one do that? How does one seek or gained gain that redemption?

It wasn’t something that I ever really set out to do. It There was a combination of about three things. I thought that I had worked it , really were when well and I was healed. But, but there was always something lurking underneath . and when my oldest daughter became nearly thirteen 13, and it was while whilst I was having therapy for over three years . that my therapist suggested to me that maybe they weren’t born rapists. And, and you know, I just. ..

, I just, there was no way I want wanted to forgive them, I just want wanted somebody to kidnap them, type tie them up, rape and torture them for hours on end like they had done to me. , but he planted a seed in my mind . and that seed started to grow . and I, I just really wanted to understand what did it take for them to take that path. , because they weren’t much older than me, . They were maybe 17,18. I wanted to know, how could they be so violent toward towards another human being, what had they seen or heard or experienced themselves that could have made make them behave in that way. ?

• Words worth to be remembered:
• redemption: n. （尤指基督教的）拯救，赎罪，救赎例句： They visited the Shrine of Our Lady to pray for redemption. 他们参观了圣母玛利亚的神龛，祈祷以期救赎。
• be subjected to sth: 有；遭受，承受 例句： Cars are subject to a high domestic tax. 买汽车要交很高的国内税。
• brutality /bruːˈtæl.ə.ti/: n. 残酷性，残忍行径 例句： the brutalities of war 战争的残酷
• sort: n. 种类；方式；品质 vt. 将…分类；将…排序；挑选出某物 vi. 分类；协调；交往
• redeem: vt. 赎回；挽回；兑换；履行；补偿；恢复
• whilst: conj. 同时；时时，有时；当…的时候
• set out: （怀着特定目的）开始，着手 例句： She set out with the aim of becoming the youngest ever winner of the championship. 她努力的目标就是成为史上最年轻的冠军。
• lurk /lɜːk/: v. 潜伏，潜藏 例句： It seems that old prejudices are still lurking beneath the surface. 表象背后似乎依然潜藏着旧有的偏见。

## 譯文

“救赎（redemption）”一词的概念有多种解读。它通常指挽救过失、罪恶，或从过失、罪恶中得到解放的过程。我们用这一词表明某人曾犯下罪行。而今天我们的嘉宾未曾犯过罪行。事实上，她在13岁时遭到严重的暴力虐待。玛德琳·布莱克曾被强奸。而她如今认为，自己通过“原谅”得到了救赎。

“寻求救赎”并非我本来的打算。这是三样东西的结合。我曾以为我已经从过去的伤痛中走了出来，那些创伤已经被治愈了。但总有东西潜藏着，让我无法真正释怀。在我长女快到13岁时，我已经接受了3年的心理治疗。我的治疗师暗示我那些人可能并非生来就是强奸犯。但我一点也不想去原谅他们。我只希望他们也被绑架、被绑起来、被强奸、被折磨数小时，就像他们曾对我做的那样。然而，心理医师的话却像颗种子被植入我的脑海，并开始生长。我开始想要了解他们为什么会走上“强奸”这条路。他们并没有比我大多少，大概17、18岁。我想知道，他们怎么会对别人那么残酷、暴力，他们曾看到、听到或经历过什么事情，导致他们会做出这样的行为。

##### Chaochen Wang 王　超辰
###### Assistant Professor

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