How does the church respond to #YesAllWomen?

As a domestic violence counsellor, woman and mother to a boy who is being taught how to be a decent human being I see this and similar experiences to be not the exception, but the rule. Please read it. Consider. Reflect. Do what is within YOUR power to change that, whether it be a conversation with your son or daughter, whether that be a discussion with those at your workplace, whether it be a paragraph in your next homily or the subject of your next prayer.

Thinking Out Loud ...

I remember the conversation so vividly. I was seventeen, it was a Saturday morning in summer, and our youth group was clearing the garden of an elderly church member. Taking a break, I found myself sitting cross-legged in a circle on the grass with five other young women around my age. I don’t remember how the conversation started, or who said something first. It wasn’t a topic we had talked about before, nor was it one we ever mentioned again. But someone was brave enough to share her experience of being groped by one of the guys in our group – not asked for, not consented to. Someone else told a similar story, then someone else. And for the first time in my life, I realised that this kind of thing wasn’t something that had just happened to me, or to a couple of us, or even to most of us. It was…

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