Rape Culture in Evangelical Religions
The Jehovah's Witnesses are an evangelical (and apocalyptic) religion but they are not the only ones who follow restrictive sexual policies. Many evangelical churches adhere to a 'purity culture'. In most respects, this purity culture is followed by the JWs and the following article easily applies to the Jehovah's Witnesses as well as the religious movements that the author speaks of in her piece.
The author addresses how religious doctrine itself can be, and is, largely responsible for sexual crimes against women church members. Too often, when discussions surrounding sexual crimes in the JW community occur, the hue and cry goes up that the organization hasn't got proper procedures in place to handle the crimes and the victims. What never gets addressed is how the core doctrines of the church are at the heart of the problem.
The full article is here - Purity Culture as Rape Culture: Why the Theological Is Political by Dianna E. Anderson.
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