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On #ChurchToo, People Share Their Stories of Sexual Harassment in the Church

On #ChurchToo, People Share Their Stories of Sexual Harassment in the Church

The wave of powerful, influential men being toppled by the stories of their victims has rolled through Hollywood, Washington D.C. and the highest levels of the news media. Unfortunately, American churches are far from immune from predatory behavior. And now, some survivors are telling their stories … and naming names.

It started with Twitter users Emily Joy and Hannah Paasch, who took to social media to share their stories of abuse at the hands of church leaders under the hashtag #ChurchToo. From there, other men and women started coming forward with their stories, which range from being romantically pursued by youth pastors to being blamed for their own sexual abuse.

It’s harrowing reading, but churches would be naive to think the disease that’s infiltrated so much of our society hasn’t wormed its way into the roots of the Church as well. The only question is whether or not the church will do the hard work of correcting itself.

There are many more stories over at the hashtag, which you can read here.

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