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#MeToo #ChurchToo

#ChurchToo is a movement that started on social media to bring to light the sexual harassment, abuse, and assault that happens within churches/faith communities. It is a collective story of individuals who have been harmed. It is also the story of the failure of religious communities and institutions.

What is #ChurchToo?

#ChurchToo is a movement that started on social media to bring to light the sexual harassment, abuse, and assault that happens within churches/faith communities. It is a collective story of individuals who have been harmed. It is also the story of the failure of religious communities and institutions.

It is a testament to institutional betrayal, victim blaming and shaming, and the silencing of victims/survivors.

#ChurchToo is a movement that aims to end the erasure of the reality of sexual abuse within sacred places, and create lasting change within them.

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While #ChurchToo is a Christian-based movement, there are similar movements in other faith traditions, such as #MosqueMeToo in Islam, #GamAni in Judaism.

FaithTrust Institute Resources:

 

  • Watch #ChurchToo: Let's Talk About Change (recorded April 11, 2018)
  • Kings, Queens and #MeToo: A Sermon for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune
  • Discussion Guide to the movie Spotlight (PDF) and Additional Information about Spotlight
  • Free webinar recordings for faith communities, advocates, and survivors
  • Forgiveness: The Last Step by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune (PDF)
  • The Transformation of Suffering: A Biblical and Theological Perspective by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune (PDF)
  • When the Abuser is Among Us: One Church's Response to a Perpetrator by Carol J. Adams (PDF)
  • Liturgy Resources
  • Educational Resources for Faith Communities:
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    Is Nothing Sacred New Cover Not in my church Once Cross Line Small Responding to Clergy Misconduct

    Is Nothing Sacred: The Story of a Pastor, the Women He Sexually Abused & the Church  He Nearly Destroyed by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune

    Not In My Church

    Once You Cross the Line

    Responding to Clergy
    Misconduct:A Handbook

     

    Additional Resources and Information:

    Videos:

    I Was Assaulted. He Was Applauded.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu-ICnjoBC8

    #CHURCHTOO | Sexual Abuse in the Church and the #metoo Movement by Kevin Makins
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0DT5nL2_zM

    What does the #MeToo Movement mean for Christians? by JonJorgenson
    https://youtu.be/LAKg5Dq5Wdw

    Why the #MeToo Movement is Especially Distressing to Muslim Women by Who's Afraid of Aymann Ismail
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIn8m8RQZ3A

    Articles and Blogs:

    Muslim #MeToo Isn't Just a Man Problem

    100 Sermons Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber: We're in the Midst of an Apocalypse. And That's a Good Thing

    "My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness" An Interview with Rachael Denhollander

    Time to Speak: Rachael Denhollander

    What's Their Problem: Sharing Our Pews with Sexual Abuse Victims and Survivors by Maureen Farrell Garcia

    Sexual Abuse Happens In #ChurchToo — We’re Living Proof by Hannah Paasch

    #Silence Is Not Spiritual

    4 Ways Churches Can Respond to the #MeToo Movement by Eugene Hung

    A Pastor's #MeToo Story by Ruth Everhart

    "I Never Told Anyone": 5 Women's Stories of Sexual Abuse at the Hajj

    Denominational Statements and Resources:

    Links to Faith Community/Denominational Websites

    United Methodist leaders respond to #MeToo and #ChurchToo movement

    RCA Responds to #MeToo Movement

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