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Evangelical abused by Larry Nassar says ‘the church is one of the worst places to go for help’

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Former Olympic gymnast Rachael Denhollander gave a riveting victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, the disgraced former physician who has pleaded guilty to multiple accounts of sexually abusing underage girls.

During her statement, Denhollander said that one consequence of being abused by Nassar — and her subsequent advocacy of other sexual abuse victims — was that she “lost her church.” In a new an interview with Christianity Today, she elaborates about what she meant by that remark.

In particular, Denhollander, who considers herself to be a conservative evangelical Christian, says that evangelical churches have been failing in their duties to stand up for victims of abuse.

“Church is one of the least safe places to acknowledge abuse because the way it is counseled is, more often than not, damaging to the victim,” she says. “There is an abhorrent lack of knowledge for the damage and devastation that sexual assault brings. It is with deep regret that I say the church is one of the worst places to go for help.”

She then goes on to explain how her own advocacy on behalf of abuse victims made her into a pariah within her own church.

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“The reason I lost my church was not specifically because I spoke up,” she says. “It was because we were advocating for other victims of sexual assault within the evangelical community, crimes which had been perpetrated by people in the church and whose abuse had been enabled, very clearly, by prominent leaders in the evangelical community.”

Denhollander also says that the situation she was dealing with in the church was “one of the worst, if not the worst, instances of evangelical cover-up of sexual abuse.”

Read the whole interview at this link.

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Former aide to Israeli prime minister smacks Trump upside the head for dragging Israel into his racism mess

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In a column for Bloomberg, a former senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin said his country has no interest in being associated with Donald Trump's racist meltdown over four Democratic lawmakers and advised the president to leave them out it.

Responding to Trump's tweets that accused the four Democrats, all women of color, of not only hating America but also Israel, Zev Chafets -- who was the founding managing editor of the Jerusalem Report Magazine -- claimed Trump can rest at ease because they don't need his help.

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Trump flings racist trash because Fox News has warped his perception of reality: Ex-White House official

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President Donald Trump lobbed racist abuse at four Democratic congresswomen over the weekend -- and his advisers say his addiction to Fox News is at least partially to blame.

The president's advisers have been trying to convince him that outrageous tweets and comments do way more harm than good -- his lowest poll numbers came after his remarks about Charlottesville and after slandering "sh*thole" countries -- but they said Trump has a skewed perception about his popularity with minority voters, reported Politico.

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READ: Here is the resolution from House Democrats condemning Trump’s racist attacks on congresswomen of color

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On Tuesday, House Democrats formally introduced a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for his racist social media attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

The full text, reported by NBC News, can be read below:

Whereas the Founders conceived America as a haven of refuge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution, and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison all emphasized that the Nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and livelihood for their families;

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