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#ChurchToo hashtag blows up social media to expose sexual abuse in religious communities

#ChurchToo is a reminder that religious communities can dole out sexual torture just as much, if not more, than the entertainment industry.

After victims’ advocate Tarana Burke launched the #MeToo in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, numerous entertainment figures and politicians have been felled by accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct. According to TIME, the hashtag trended in 85 countries and was tweeted out 1.7 million times.

Now, a movement is growing to push for the same accountability in the church. Launched by Twitter users Hannah Paasch and Emily Joy, #ChurchToo is being used to expose sexual abuse and harassment that takes place in religious communities.

The tweets are a sobering and powerful read. Below are a few examples:

You can view more tweets here.

[This article has been updated from a former version that incorrectly said Alyssa Milano was the originator of the #MeToo movement. The actual originator is Tarana Burke.]

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