Sexual Harassment On Capitol Hill Needs To Be Taken More Seriously

Sexual Harassment On Capitol Hill Needs To Be Taken More Seriously

It's time we give solace to those who have suffered.

Starting with the election of Donald Trump, we have seen a string of sexual harassment cases pop up. In fact, we have even seen the birth of a movement, the #MeToo movement, due to the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment in both Hollywood and Capitol Hill.

Over a hundred men and women have come out in the last couple months to finally expose their harassers to the world. The #MeToo movement has created a safe and powerful platform which has allowed for victims to come forward and ignore society's judgment.

Although Donald Trump may have been the root to the start of the movement, it is Harvey Weinstein who really got the ball rolling. The once renowned producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused by over a dozen women for sexual harassment in the workplace (a serial harasser, if you will).

And it's not just Hollywood executives or actors being accused, it's also those who work for us, the people - it's members of the US Congress.

Many have been accused of sexual misconduct, but the two most famous government figures are Al Franken and Roy Moore. Minnesota Senator Al Franken was accused by over five women of sexual misconduct. He claims he has no recollection, but did issue an apology to all of his victims. Franken was also pushed by Democrats to resign, and on December 7 senator Franken announced he would resign.

So this brings us to the interesting case of Senate candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore. Roy Moore is a Republican running for the state of Alabama in its Special Senate Election to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Sessions. Although it's not surprising we would see a strong, outspoken Republican run for Alabama, it is a bit disheartening to see that the man running has been accused by a dozen females of harassing them when they were minors.

Even with this long list of sexual harassment against him, Roy Moore will continue to run for the US Senate seat. Even worse, Donald Trump has endorsed this pedophile. Trump calls for electing Moore because he needs a win in his playbook, and that isn't going to happen if Doug Jones wins.

It is absolutely disgusting to see this man, this child molester, this pedophile to have an iota of support. How can we as a nation stand for this hypocrisy? Al Franken had to resign, Harvey Weinstein was denounced, Kevin Spacey was fired, but some way, somehow this vile man has people backing him?

Sexual harassment is not a partisan issue. It is supposed to be bipartisan — it's wrong to endorse anyone who has engaged in such misconduct; in fact, it's illegal.

The events that have come to light in the passing months bring major repercussions with them: will we the people allow such hypocrisy in the nation's capital continue, or will we tear a page out of the #MeToo movement's playbook and take a stand?

It's time to take a side.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was as big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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