If one thing has been made glaringly evident from the #MeToo revelations of the past year, it's that many women — Muslim women included — are no longer going to be patient in the wake of sexual abuse or trauma.
Muslims especially must not let tropes about rape and sexuality in Islam mask important truths.
Various hadiths (verified sayings and advice of the Prophet Muhammad) advise Muslims to err on the side of forgiveness, urging us to be patient in the face of injustice. That advice has its merit, but too many Muslims fail to remember that holding perpetrators of abuse accountable also is present everywhere in Islamic tradition and scripture.
The recent fiercely contested confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh reminded us of the challenges facing Muslim #MeToo. A few days before the climactic hearing, Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College, a revered senior statesman of Islam in America, put his views in a Facebook post (since deleted but archived here).