#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, Terry Crews, Former Gymnast Rachael Denhollander, and Others React to Houston Chronicle’s Investigation Into Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches

“I have known most of this for years, and spoken out about it. No one wanted to listen. It did not matter enough to investigate and act. Grief and repentance and silence to learn is the only proper response.” – @R_Denhollander
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In 2016, Rachael Denhollander became the first person to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexually abusing his patients under the guise of medical treatment.

Now, Denhollander and other victims of sexual abuse are speaking out again after a Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News exclusive investigation revealed 700 victims of sex abuse in the Southern Baptist church.

Denhollander tweeted, “I have known most of this for years, and spoken out about it. No one wanted to listen. It did not matter enough to investigate and act. Grief and repentance and silence to learn is the only proper response.”

“WHOA WHOA WHOA” – @TerryCrews
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Her husband, Jacob Denhollander also echoed her call to read one of the important stories about a devastating betrayal of trust.

“It was easier to shoot messengers for their “tone” than to deal with the problems and hide behind church autonomy.”

Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, also took to social media to react to the story.

“This story…just, my God. ‘… since 1998, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct… They left behind more than 700 victims… 220 offenders have been convicted or took plea deals…'” – @TaranaBurke
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“I was 23, married a year, pregnant with our first child. I was being trained to lead a small group of middle schoolers at the church summer camp. So was he. He is low serving time, one of the men named in @HoustonChron database, for what he did to boys.” – @ShannonDingle
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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Jordan Ray