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WHERE WOMEN OF FAITH GO AFTER ME TOO

#HeToo: Wholeness After Sexual Assault

a quick overview

The He too campaign was launched in 2018 by Dianna Hobbs. It empowers sexual assault survivors of faith and color to not only use their voices to share their stories, but also, to see how Christ’s story and His redemptive work on the cross has power to heal their pain. It shows women that they don't have to be bound by what was done to them; they are free because of what Christ has done for them.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

Silence hurts. Speaking out helps. But only Jesus heals.

Article By Dianna Hobbs

 
 

The afternoon of our conversation, Jen Marsh, VP of Victim’s Services for the “Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network” (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S., had just left the White House that morning.

She was there as part of the conversation surrounding President Barack Obama’s “It’s On Us” public awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. 

“The idea is that it’s everyone’s responsibility to take this issue seriously, to foster a culture of respect and to step in if things are going down a wrong path,” Marsh explained.

“If you see anybody hurting anybody else, the idea is that people should step in or say something if they see that type of inappropriate behavior.”

Unfortunately, not only are witnesses staying silent, but so, too, are victims of sexual abuse—a pattern that contributes to some alarming statistics.

According to RAINN, 60% of sexual assaults are never reported. 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. And yet, every 2 minutes, another American is assaulted.

It’s scary to think about the frequency of sexual abuse being committed juxtaposed with the infrequency of the heinous act being reported.

So what can we do to stop it?

We can use our voices. We all have the power to become activists, but we must be bold enough to do it. Say something. Be a part of the solution. If you are a survivor, if you feel courageous enough to do it, share your story.

Contribute to conversations. Be a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. Get training on how to be a volunteer for a rape crisis hotline. Donate to an organization advocating for sexual assault survivors like Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc.

Silence hurts. Speaking out helps. But remember, only Jesus heals. While advocating for the use of our voices to promote positive change is important, that is not the be-all and end-all of things. We need to point to Christ's story. 

Give hope to the hurting by leading them to the Savior of the world. Somebody needs to know that there is life and liberty after sexual assault. Tell them, Christ suffered so you don't have to. By His stripes you are healed. They need to know that.

As a first step, if you need to talk to somebody, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline confidentially at 1-800-656-4673. It is available 24 hours a day.

Using the practical resources at our disposal and getting Christian counseling is important. Above all, once you are connected to those who can help you, connect with the one who can heal you.

He, too, is essential to moving you along the path to healing.

 

 
 
 
 

Here's how you can get involved and help with our #HeToo campaign.

 
 

you have a story to tell. let us share it.

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony" (Rev 12:11 KJV)

Sharing our stories is powerful. But sharing how Christ's story changed our story and our lives, is most powerful of all. If you want to help the #HeToo campaign, share your story with us.

You see, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and the word of our testimony. There is no overcoming without His blood, which makes your testimony possible.

Speaking out is necessary, but if He, too, is not involved, we're only highlighting the problem without a real solution.

Jesus is the answer. 

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