April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and those seeking freedom from the pain of sexual violation need to look no further than the “He too” anti-sexual assault movement says EEW Magazine president, Dianna Hobbs, founder of the campaign, and a sexual assault survivor.
Through the campaign, Hobbs is highlighting the stories of Christian overcomers like her, and is also giving away copies of her new book, God Did It, which shares details of her sexual assault story, and how she found wholeness through the work of Christ.
“With the prominence of the incredible Me too movement, which is engaging women in record numbers, we must remember that Jesus, Who represents the ‘He’ in He too, suffered, died and rose, so we may be whole. We are healed by the wounds He sustained.”
Hobbs continued, “He, too, was unfairly treated. He, too, was hurt. He, too, was bruised and battered. He, too, is a survivor—the greatest Survivor of all time. He, too, suffered, over 2,000 years ago, so we could be healed for a lifetime.”
The first He too campaign feature spotlights a Virginia-based woman named Vanessa Johnson who was raped as a child and molested repeatedly by an uncle.
Before Christ found and liberated the woman whom Hobbs linked up with while ministering at a conference in North Carolina, Johnson tells EEW, “I wish I knew that healing was possible. I thought I would be broken and function from that place of that wound forever.”
Read her full feature here.
“Many people believe that very myth Vanessa believed before discovering freedom through Christ,” says Hobbs. “That’s why, when God gave me the idea to put Jesus at the forefront of the anti-sexual assault campaign, I got right on it. I knew in my heart that, as awesome as the women-focused Me too movement is, it remains inadequate without the help of a man, and that Man’s Name is Jesus.”
Me too was founded by African-American activist Tarana Burke in 2006, whom Hobbs calls “a courageous and amazing advocate for women.”
Burke, who also experienced sexual assault, was looking for a way to help women and girls, particularly women and girls of color, who had survived sexual violence. She believes in “empowerment through empathy,” which is the idea that, when women know they are not alone, and receive loving support and care, they are strengthened, and able to begin the journey to healing.
“There certainly is strength in numbers,” Hobbs says, “but there is only healing in Christ. He too is what comes next after Me too for Christian women.”
Hobbs, an internationally sought-after speaker and best-selling author, was sexually assaulted by a neighbor, her schoolmate’s dad, on her way to school at just six years old. The experience, she says, robbed her of her innocence, youth, and zeal for life.
For other women who have lost their innocence as well, Hobbs says He too and her book, God Did It, will help them find wholeness in mind, body, soul and spirit.
Though the #MeToo movement exploded in late 2017, Hobbs’ advocacy pre-dates its popularity. She launched her first campaign for survivors called “Don’t Keep Secrets” in 2015 in collaboration with RAINN. Hobbs was moved to action by the story of Lawanda Watson, a woman raped repeatedly by her father at 9 years old. She also starred in a video focused on the power of blending the Gospel with Christian counseling on the path to healing.
Hobbs first began her advocacy work for survivors in 2013, when she went public with her story of sexual assault for the first time. To learn more about the He too movement, click here.
SOURCE: EEW Magazine