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Christians Share Their ‘Me Too’ Stories of Sexual Abuse And Harassment

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.

Thousands of women, and some men, have responded “me too” to actress Alyssa Milano’s Twitter prompt on sexual abuse in light of longstanding and emerging allegations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

By Monday, more than 40,000 people had replied to Milano’s Sunday prompt for followers to tweet “me too” if they had been sexually harassed or assaulted. Although Milano was credited with the recent virality of the #MeToo hashtag, the phrase was first introduced in 2006 by Tarana Burke as part of her work to help women and girls who had experienced sexual violence.

Many Christian survivors participated in the renewed #MeToo campaign, along with others who thought it was important to voice their support.

Here is a round-up of what some have shared about sexual abuse and harassment:

The #MeToo hashtag may have been inspired by revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual predatory behavior over his 30-year career, but other examples of men in powerful positions preying on women have emerged in recent years.

Some examples include Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes Bill Cosby and even President Donald Trump, who was heard on an infamous “Hollywood Access” tape bragging about sexually assaulting women.

“Most troubling is how many of these accusations have been bubbling under the surface for years before the perpetrators suffered any consequences at all,” writes the Rev. Kira Schlesinger at Ministry Matters.

She adds: “The diversity of the stories of people who have experienced sexual harassment or assault shows that this is not a partisan issue. Conservatives and liberals, rural and urban, religious and non-religious, sexual harassment and assault cross every boundary. It happens on college campuses, in the workplace, on the street, and, yes, in church. Wherever there are those wielding power over others, there is the potential for sexual harassment and abuse.”

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