Beyond the hashtag

Bishop Laurie Haller discusses #MeToo and healthy boundaries in her weekly blog.

BISHOP LAURIE HALLER
Iowa Conference

#MeToo. Have you seen it? All over social media, women have been using the hashtag #MeToo to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. #MeToo was started by Tarana Burke, a survivor of sexual violence, when she created Just Be Inc. more than a decade ago. In an interview with PBS News Hour on Nov. 15, Burke explained that Just Be Inc. is a nonprofit that provides resources and support to young women of color who have been victims of sexual trauma and harassment.

#MeToo. Even in 2017, women the world over are discounted, diminished, silenced, and treated as sexual objects by men. There are women everywhere, even in the city where I work, Des Moines, Iowa, who are victims of human trafficking, are forcibly controlled by their partners, and are struggling to raise children as single mothers.

Indeed, we still have work to do. I’ve been keeping track over the past several months, but it’s getting harder and harder to keep up!

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