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The rape was the catalyst that changed the course of my life, and if this man had been the type of person he claimed to be, or if senior leadership had paid more attention to whom they let fill their pulpits, it never would have happened. My work is my way of fighting back, my way of beating back the darkness, now that I have strength.

Halee Gray Scott, PhD, is an independent social researcher who focuses on issues related to leadership and spiritual formation. She is the author of the forthcoming Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women (Zondervan).

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