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Community, church leaders tackle topic of sex abuse in the #MeToo era

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, on Thursday will attend a celebration of the 5th anniversary of the filibuster she gave to prevent a bill putting more restrictions on abortion from passing. The bill died that night but soon passed in a special legislative session.
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, on Thursday will attend a celebration of the 5th anniversary of the filibuster she gave to prevent a bill putting more restrictions on abortion from passing. The bill died that night but soon passed in a special legislative session.

Former State Senator Wendy Davis is the keynote speaker at a conference focused on sexual harassment, violence and the #MeToo movement.

The event is called: “The Empower #MeToo Change Conference.” It is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 612 Throckmorton in downtown Fort Worth.

The conference aims to create safe spaces and hold healthy conversations about these issues. Topics include creating healthy relationships, helping victims of abuse, understanding sexual offenders, and harassment at work, school, church and other public spaces in the digital era.

Davis, who served on the Fort Worth City Council and ran as a Democrat for Texas governor in 2014, is the keynote speaker. Other speakers includes Joretta Marshall, Dean of Brite Divintiy School, and Homer Erekson, Dean of TCU’s Neeley School of Business.

Tom Plumbley, senior minister of First Christian Church, said in a press release that their church is hosting the event because it is safe place for community discussion. He added: “...religious communities ought to be leading the way, in time of deep division, in modeling how we can talk together, outside our information silos, about things that really matter.”

If you go

General tickets are $35. Student tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online.

Church office number is 817-336-7185. Organizers are also accepting checks, cards, and cash at day of conference at registrations/sign ups.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church.

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