"With the “me too” hashtag on social media, hundreds of women have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. The hope is that fostering a community of voices around this issue will hold men more accountable, change the culture, and support other women (and men) who are survivors of sexual assault.
I could add a number of my own #metoo stories to the chorus, and sadly, I’m sure a lot of people reading this column could, too. But while I certainly see the value of ending the silence and stigma around the issue of sexual assault, I’m not sure that sharing our experiences takes us far enough. To really effect change, we need a #metoo that moves us beyond victims and victimizers, and past the awful sense that predatory behavior is somehow to be expected.
How about #metoo as in, “I’m joining with you in praying about this issue.”
This week, I’ve been praying to discover the ways in which we as Christian Scientists can participate in saying #metoo—ways that bring genuine healing to those who’ve been hurt or harassed, that inspire reformation in those who’ve hurt or harassed others, and that can ultimately bring about an end to sexual intimidation and violence."
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