He Too answers this question for women of faith: What path will lead to my true healing?
All statistical data provided by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest sexual assault advocacy organization in America.
“The me too movement is missing a man and His name is Jesus,” says Dianna Hobbs, founder of the He too campaign.
Hobbs reveals that she felt compelled to launch the He too campaign, specifically for women of faith and color, as a companion to the Me too movement Tarana Burke founded in 2006.
Burke, who also experienced sexual assault, was looking for a way to help women and girls, particularly women and girls of color, who had also survived sexual violence.
The Me too founder embraces the idea of “empowerment through empathy.” The philosophy is, when women know they are not alone, and receive loving support and care, they are strengthened and able to begin the journey to healing.
“He too is what comes next after Me too,” explains Hobbs, who believes that women of faith and color need both the love of others, and the supernatural healing power of Christ to bind up their wounds.
“The Me too movement is incredible and inspiring, but it is not, on its own, enough to help sexual assault survivors like me find true healing,” continues the award-winning faith-based media specialist. Hobbs was sexually assaulted by a neighbor—also her schoolmate’s dad—on her way to school at just six years old.
With He too, the Buffalo, NY native is seeking to empower survivors of faith like her by pointing them to Jesus Christ. “He, too, suffered. He, too, was unfairly treated. He, too, was bruised and battered. He, too, is a survivor—the greatest survivor of all time,” she says. “He, too, was wounded, over 2,000 years ago, so we could be healed for a lifetime.”
According to Hobbs, after women of faith share their survivor stories, band together, empathize with each other, and bring greater awareness, there is another necessary step to take. "True wholeness is impossible without Christ. Only He can heal us everywhere we hurt," she says.
The comforting scripture the He too founder uses to encourage women of faith is found in Psalm 34:18 and it says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
He too, she says, “is for those who are brokenhearted, crushed and desirous of freedom from the pain of their past. It is possible through Christ. I’m a witness.”
The Christian activist and advocate for survivors launched her first “Don’t Keep Secrets” sexual assault awareness campaign in 2015 after hearing the story of a woman raped repeatedly by her father at 9 years old. Visit that website here.
Every 98 seconds
An American is sexually assaulted.
Every 8 minutes
A child is victimized.
6 of 1,000
only this many perpetrators will end up in prison.
7 out of 10
This is how many rapes are committed by someone known to the victim.