The sign outside of Emmanuel Baptist Church on Springdale Drive in Jeffersonville said, “Stop Sexual Harassment. Wear Clothes.” Many living in the neighbourhood have described its message as offensive. A local resident Allyson Condra said; “As a mom of two daughters, this infuriated me. As a female myself, this infuriated me. As a human being, this infuriated me,”
Many have argued that messages like these do not help victims, especially considering that we are dealing with so many sexual assault cases in this current moment. People are arguing that it was insensitive on the church’s part, and especially offensive to women and those who are victims of sexual harassment and assault, saying it places the blame on the victims instead of trying to solve the issue
Another local said to local news Wlky;
“I mean, would you say that to a 6-year-old girl who has been assaulted when they wear overalls and pigtails,” Jeffersonville resident Madilyn Shipman said.
The message outside the church has now been removed by the pastor just after 9:30 p.m. The pastor told WHAS11 he was not aware as to who put the message up on the sign and said he did not give approval for the message. The sign has since been taken down.
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