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Beth Moore, Others Share Abuse Stories after Trump Tape

10-15-2016
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's recent comments about women have sparked a storm of conversation about sexual abuse.

Popular speaker and New York Times bestselling author Beth Moore took to Twitter following Trump's vulgar comments.

"I'm one of many sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to. Like we liked it. We didn't. We're tired of it," Moore tweeted.

Moore also spoke out against other evangelicals for downplaying a video recording in which Trump bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot mic.

"When you're a star, they let you do it," he is heard saying.

"Trying to absorb how acceptable the disesteem and objectifying of women has been when some Christian leaders don't think it's that big a deal," Moore tweeted in response to several evangelical leaders downplaying the significance of Trump's remarks.

Moore's comments point to her own past with childhood abuse. She talks about it in a 2013 interview with Crossmap.

"I'm careful to stay general with the details, but I've been open about the fact I was victimized as a child," she said. "The first time I can recall anything about my abuse, I was very young. My victimization wasn't constant because my victimizer didn't have continual access to me. But it certainly was enough to mess me up at a time when I was figuring out who I was. I was pigeon-toed and I had buckteeth. Even though I did well in school, I had the worst self-esteem imaginable."

Moore spoke about the issue again during an interview with CBN News. 

"I was raised in a very troubled home as many others were and can really relate to what I'm saying that I'm so thankful that I was loved and that I had a lot of good come to me," she said. "But my home and my upbringing and just the problems in my family and within extended family were such that truly it was a mix of the good, bad and the ugly, and I know that you probably understand that."

"All of us deal with a lot of issues and a lot of challenges, but in that mix I also fell victim to all sorts of things - childhood abuses and lots and lots of instability," she said.

Other women, both conservative and liberal, are also speaking out about their painful memories of sexual assaults.

Bestselling author Kelly Oxford also took to Twitter about her abuse where she urged her more than 700,000 followers to share their first sexual assaults.

She began with her own story about being groped when she was 12.

"That has happened to me, I didn't find it funny. I know other women who have experienced the same," Oxford told NBC News.

Thousands of women responded to Oxford's request. By early Saturday, she said she was receiving 50 stories per minute.

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