16 Days Campaign Day 15
Does Patriarchy in the Church Play a Role in Abuse?
Patriarchy is a system of society, in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it."
Survivors of Abuse share their experience...
“I hear similar themes repeated by victims, of church cultures that treated women’s bodies as inherently problematic and seductive....that questioned women’s ability to think rationally or make decisions without the leadership of men. ... blamed victims of sexual abuse for inviting the abuse...That effectively silenced victims by telling them that reporting the crime would reflect poorly on the church...These women describe an environment of fear...which made it hard to report, or even to acknowledge, the abuse...”