Have you seen this sign at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jeffersonville? It says, “Stop sexual harassment. Wear clothes.” A lot of people are upset, saying it is victim shaming. It’s also now covered in toilet paper. Pastor has not responded to me yet. pic.twitter.com/2dQn37ujyB— Carolyn Callahan (@CarolynWLKY) January 29, 2018
A church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, was covered in toilet paper after its sign made an inflammatory comment regarding sexual harassment victims.
After images of the sign reading “Stop sexual harassment — wear clothes” were shared by local news organization WLKY, locals became outraged. Essentially, the sign appeared to blame victims for sexual assault, prompting many people to question why a church would put up this kind of message to the community.
“As a mom of two daughters, this infuriated me,” said resident Allyson Condra. “As a female myself, this infuriated me. As a human being, this infuriated me.”
Resident Madilyn Shipman said, “I mean, would you say that to a 6-year-old girl who has been assaulted when they wear overalls and pigtails?”
Resident Melissa Scully shared a similar sentiment.
"This brought tears to my eyes, and, I'm sorry, but being a resident in this town of mine that I love, I don't accept this, and I do not see that anyone should accept this," she told reporters.
On Twitter, WLKY reporter Carolyn Callahan said that the sign had been covered in toilet paper after the sexist message.
According to Raw Story, the church ended up taking the image down after the outcry. Reporters said that the church did not respond to a request for comment.
The fact that the community exerted pressure on the church to bring the sign down shows that locals are aware of how wrong this type of message is. Still, the fact the sign went up in the first place is upsetting because it shows that many Americans still believe that victims should be blamed for being attacked.
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