SLUG: ME/REDMOND. DATE: January, 13, 2008 CREDIT: Katherine

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via eurweb/.latimes:

In sadness and anger, female pastors open up about sexual harassment in black churches:

A new and shocking LA Times report on the sexual harrassment that black female pastors have to deal with is raising eyebrows, to say the least. One lady pastor puts the blame on women for not saying anything.

“That goes to a culture where black pastors know we won’t say anything, and when we don’t, the cycle continues,” says minister Tasha Morrison.

Here’s a taste of the article:

It was a sweltering weekday morning, and the vibe inside the Rev. Rosalynn Brookins’ Los Angeles home was festive.

“Girl! You look great!” “Are you a Delta?” “Hello, room of God!”

Ten women, all professionally accomplished, most ordained pastors, had gathered in Brookins’ living room to talk about a painful but little-discussed crisis: sexual harassment in the black church.

As Brookins passed out folding fans for the heat, the Rev. Naima Lett, a TV actress and producer, opened with a prayer: “We ask that you bless this conversation, that the truth set us free….”

Over the next two hours, the truth came spilling out. The room felt like a party, a church meeting and a group therapy session, with revelations and confessions that prompted tears, disagreements and plenty of laughter

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