Lust has had
its way for too long. In entertainment, at
school, and even in church we hear story after story of women who have been
assaulted by powerful or even “trusted” men.
courageous women have told their stories in recent weeks. Others by the (literally) millions have responded
on social media and other fora by answering “Me too.”
Among the teenaged
and adult women you know, probably one in every three has been violently
assaulted. More than half have been sexually
coerced or harassed.
have often seen and done nothing. Worse,
they have conspired to keep an assault secret, rationalizing that the woman
must have done something to bring it about.
If a man knows something and does nothing, he shares the blame.
consequences of even the “smallest” assault can reverberate in the soul of a
woman for a lifetime, telling her that her own shameful conduct must have caused
what was done to her. The man who
defiled her will tell her the same, to deflect guilt from his own shameful deed.
If you have
been assaulted or harassed, you did not cause it. It is not your shame, but his. A man who does it once will probably do it
again. Your courageous voice may be all
that stands between him and his next destructive act. I know that it is hard to tell. But silence is the incubator of shame. Speaking begins the healing.
congregation if you speak out, you will be heard. If the first person does not hear you, tell
me. There is no limit to the effort I
will make to protect you.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not
even be named among you, as is proper among saints. – Ephesians 5:3