JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A sign posted on the marquee outside an Indiana church referencing a solution to sexual harassment has sparked outrage, according to reports.
"Stop Sexual Harassment. Wear Clothes," was posted outside Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jeffersonville on Sunday, WLKY reported.
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"Pretty much any female regardless of shape, size, color, race, what they look like, what they dress like, have been a victim of some type of sexual harassment in the past," Opal Lavon, a Jeffersonville resident, told WHAS. "So it's just completely inappropriate and out of line for anybody or any entity to put that message out there."
The church has been a part of the Jeffersonville community since 1908, according to its Facebook page. The sentiments expressed on the sign, however, angered residents.
“As a mom of two daughters, this infuriated me. As a female myself, this infuriated me. As a human being, this infuriated me," Jeffersonville resident Allyson Condra told WLKY.
"I mean, would you say that to a 6-year-old girl who has been assaulted when they wear overalls and pigtails?" Jeffersonville resident Madilyn Shipman told WLKY.
A neighbor said the message was removed by the pastor just after 9:30 p.m., WLKY reported.
The pastor told WHAS he does not know who put the message up and said he did not approve it.
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