In the days since The Washington Post released audio of Donald Trump bragging about forcing himself on women, millions of sexual assault survivors have been sharing their stories. Their message? Sexual assault cannot be dismissed as “locker room talk.”
Perhaps surprisingly, some of the pushback against Trump has come from the Christian right. On Monday, the celebrity evangelist Beth Moore tweeted: “I’m one among many women sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to. Like we liked it. We didn’t. We’re tired of it.” She also expressed her displeasure with evangelical leaders who continue to support Trump. “Try to absorb how acceptable the disesteem and objectifying of women has been when some Christian leaders don’t think it’s that big a deal,” she said in another tweet.
According to The Daily Beast, moderate and conservative Christian women are increasingly condemning Trump for his often-flagrant sexism. Popular Christian author Christine Caine, for instance, voiced her support for Moore’s tweets.
Of course, reactions of shock and disgust over the explosive Trump tape are not limited to the Christian world. When author Kelly Oxford asked women on Twitter to share the stories of their first sexual assault, she received replies from some 27 million people. Using the hashthag #notokay, they shared stories of being groped, flashed, propositioned, and raped.
Speaking to The New York Times about this social media phenomenon, Amy Richard, co-founder of the feminist group Third Wave Foundation, said, “Yes, this is women speaking up, but it’s speaking up to all of the Donald Trumps in our lives.”