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View Diary: Dear Conservative Christian Leaders: Why Are You Silent about Rape? (84 comments)

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  •  Do you know how much one such sermon (20+ / 0-)

    would have meant to me?

    My father used "Children obey your parents" to threaten me with hell if I didn't let him (not struggle) rape me.  When I once asked at Evangelical/Fundie youth group (during a "children obey your parents" sermon) "what if they tell you to sin?" The answer I got was, "God won't hold you accountable for that sin as your job is to obey."

    It never occurred to me that there was a sin separate from the fornication.  I knew I wasn't supposed to be having sex and so I was sinning by "allowing" (how the hell was I supposed to stop it?) my father to rape me.  I had no idea that my sin was not as great as his.  (Thanks to my great therapist who finally showed me the light!  I did not sin.)

    I'm now a UU.  We teach our children that no one should touch them in a way that makes them uncomfortable.  We teach our children about consent and mutual respect.  We teach our children about how societal messages perpetuate sexism and a rape culture.  How I wish I had been exposed to healthy, sex positive, religious/moral education!

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