The #MeToo Movement has been everywhere. Between the numerous examinations of the feminist bonafides of this year's Golden Globes and the continued discussions over sexual harassment and abuse, the hashtag against sexual harassment and abuse has been brought up with such regularity, it's easy to forget that there's a parallel discussion going on in churches called #ChurchToo.
The church's instinct to harbor and shield abusers at the expense of their victims is baffling. If there was any pl… https://t.co/arqKYqotka— JenHatmaker (@JenHatmaker)1515595128.0
From Andy Savage to my own abuser, these grown men in positions of spiritual authority who prey on teenage girls an… https://t.co/gmJ96K2KXE— Emily Joy (@Emily Joy)1515353252.0
@andysavage Also, never again pontificate about how being gay is wrong. It’s appalling that you have used your plat… https://t.co/0F6WoX20EX— Matthew Vines (@Matthew Vines)1515253607.0
@andysavage Men have been correctly removed from positions of church leadership & served time in prison for exactly… https://t.co/S5CveX2WHy— C.A.VaughnCross, Ph.D. (@C.A.VaughnCross, Ph.D.)1515202805.0
@bethany_house Please reconsider publishing Andy Savage's book. It would be irresponsible for Bethany House to publ… https://t.co/4f44Xvwx30— Lisa-Anne Wooldridge (@Lisa-Anne Wooldridge)1515282803.0
1/ This smirk is the smirk of male #privilege - @andysavage sanitizes a rape by calling it a ‘sexual incident.’ He… https://t.co/d2MZhAYimR— VOTE! ✊🏽 (@VOTE! ✊🏽)1515610845.0
It was dark outside. As he was driving me towards my home, he passed the turn he should have made to go to my house. I asked him where he was going. I don’t remember his exact response, but it was something along the lines of ‘you’ll see’ or ‘it’s a surprise.’ I know for sure he did not tell me where he was taking me. I remember feeling special and excited, as in my mind, he obviously wanted to spend more time with me before taking me home. I assumed we were going to get ice cream.
4 Problems with Andy Savage's Apology (https://t.co/FsGK4dxkyd): 1. Reframing Sexual Abuse As A Sexual “Incident”… https://t.co/vzW9khCNf5— CBE International (@CBE International)1515605238.0
Just as I had finished telling my story, Larry immediately spoke up and asked me to clarify. He said something to the effect of, ‘So you’re telling me you participated?’ I remember feeling like my heart had just sunk to the floor. What was he asking? More importantly, what was he trying to imply? This wave of shame came over me, greater than I had ever felt before. I had just gotten done telling him everything that Andy, my youth pastor, asked me to do. I didn't say that I screamed no, jumped out of the car and ran into the dark forest because I hadn't. I told him that Andy had asked me to perform oral sex and unbutton my shirt and I did. Every ounce of courage I had gathered, to walk in there and tell Larry the truth about what had happened to me, left in an instant. Not only did I suddenly feel this immense guilt for doing what Andy had asked me to do but I also started to feel that this was my fault somehow because I didn't stop him.
No one could imagine Andy doing anything bad or immoral, much less illegal, and so, it somehow became my fault that Andy was leaving. I couldn’t have been more grateful that it was the spring of my senior year as all I wanted to do was to leave town and get away from everything and everyone. I had basically shut down. I felt so alone. It wasn’t until much later that I would realize that no matter how far away I moved nor how much I tried to move on with my life, that I could never truly escape what had happened to me. For example, when I found out that the church had contacted my parents, years later, and asked their permission to bring Andy back on staff, it brought back a whirlwind of emotions.
The most disgusting thing about this @andysavage situation is that #hpmemphis is acting like the problem here is th… https://t.co/IPjL2GtjGW— Jacob Denhollander (@Jacob Denhollander)1515362322.0