We have heard of the #MeToo campaign, but now the #ChurchToo hashtag has emerged where those who have been sexually assaulted by members of the cloth are speaking out.
TIME reports that Hannah Paasch and Emily Joy kicked off the hashtag, which prompted Twitter users to share their stories of sexual abuse experienced in the church.
Growing up in purity culture, I was taught that men were “visual creatures” that couldn’t help feeling aroused at the sight of slightly revealed ankles or knees, and that all men were imagining me naked 24/7. The entire system shamed women for even existing. #ChurchToo
— Sarah Lacour (@sarahrlacour) November 22, 2017
When I think of the horror of #churchtoo I recall being taught in church that 1 corinthians 7:3-5 meant wives should always have sex when their husbands want it. Despite how they feel.
…Effectively paving the way for marital rape.
— NattiCarp 🐟🐟🐟 (@n_m_king) November 22, 2017
— Slay Thompson (@LuvLafLiv93) November 22, 2017
If you are a christian you are obligated to read through #churchtoo. Be angry at the perpetrators. Weep with the victims and pray for them.
— Tim Gilmore (@tgilmore) November 22, 2017
By urging those who have been abused and sexually assaulted in church settings, the hashtag’s founders hope to bring awareness and voices to an issue that goes largely unaddressed.