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Evangelist Beth Moore Joins #WhyIDidntReport Movement

Kayla Koslosky | Former Editor | Updated: Sep 26, 2018
Evangelist Beth Moore Joins #WhyIDidntReport Movement

Evangelist Beth Moore Joins #WhyIDidntReport Movement

Evangelist Beth Moore revealed more about her experience with sexual assault on Twitter by joining the #WhyIDidntReport movement, a movement created as a direct response to accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

In the past several weeks, Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by two women from his past. Neither accusation has been corroborated and the judge is “categorically and unequivocally” denying that he committed these acts. 

As such, the Trump administration is standing behind him. In a show of support President Trump took to Twitter to say, “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

These remarks from the president sparked a movement akin to the #MeToo movement represented by the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. The social media movement is meant to bring awareness to why victims of sexual assault do not initially report the abuses they suffered.

Moore tweeted on Friday – before the second accusation against Kavanaugh was made public – saying, "He lived in my house. #whyididntreport." 

The next day she added: "Make it a safer world to report it and you'll make it a safer world." 

According to The Christian Post, Moore is insisting that her tweet was not to be regarded as a comment about the Kavanaugh allegations, but is supporting victims.

The Christian author was supported by other evangelical leaders, like Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Russell Moore tweeted on Saturday, "Sobering. Grateful to God for you Beth."

Others, however, found the tweet more political than warranted. Conservative Christian author Dr. Carol M. Swain tweeted, “I'm sorry Beth Moore was sexually abused. However, I wish she would stick to teaching the Gospel. Her foray into political issues and the #MeToo movement is distracting.”

A Twitter user agreed with Swain believing that Moore posted the tweet as a response to the Kavanaugh accusations saying, "Given the most preeminent happening in our country right now I'm assuming ur comments are addressing this. U seem to be justifying destroying a man based on unsubstantiated accusations from 36 yrs ago. I'm disappointed in u. Thought u had a better sense of justice and honesty.”

This tweet caught the attention of Moore who responded saying, "Let me assure you, sir, I have not one whit of desire for anyone to be falsely accused. That is highly counterproductive and would only end up making it harder for victims. I'm advocating for women to be heard, taken seriously and not placed in harm's way for coming forward."

The #WhyIDidntReport hashtag took off at the end of last week and has encouraged celebrities, women and men to speak up about their experiences with sexual assault and their fears that their stories would not be believed.

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Evangelist Beth Moore Joins #WhyIDidntReport Movement