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#Metoo 2

Reading some Bible notes recently, I was surprised to see Tamar described as an adulteress and Bathsheba as a seductress. Really?

Really? Still? Is that the label we are still giving women who were abused?

A few days later, I received an email from Red Letter Christians featuring Silenced Women of the Bible, gut-wrenchingly, powerful paintings by Jen Ford.

Take a moment to look at her paintings

Bathsheba – Victim not seductress.

Abuse labeled as sexual immorality.

Victim not seductress.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

(Maya Angelou)

Image by moritz320 from Pixabay

This is a follow up to Me Too.

me too

Me too

Me too.

I struggled to write those two words earlier this week. I felt weak, ashamed and scared to write publicly on my Facebook account that I have been sexually harassed/assaulted/abused.

The man on the train who wasn’t touching me by accident.

The manager at a work Christmas party who offered to ‘take’ my virginity from me.

Wolf-whistles while walking in my school uniform.

The story still not told.

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Me too.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

(Maya Angelou)