The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
WHO: Ruth Everhart, an author, speaker and pastor who has served Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches for more than 20 years.
SHE SAYS: “#MeToo is focusing attention on how far society still must go before we achieve gender equality. Only then will the occurrence of sexual abuse be reduced, because abuse thrives and hides where power is imbalanced.”
THE BIG IDEA: God is at work in the midst of the #MeToo moment to call the church to repentance and deliver us from violence against the vulnerable.
The author shows the prevalence of sexual abuse and misconduct within faith communities. She candidly discloses stories of how she and others have experienced assault in church settings, highlighting the damage done to individuals, families and communities.