Group therapy has always had deep links to public religious expression, as people take turns giving testimony and offering confessions in return for the promise of unconditional acceptance and love. The religious aspect of the ritual is only enhanced when it gets amplified through the megaphone of social media.
This is especially so in the case of the post-Weinstein debate, with men also getting in on the act. Now the display is not simply about victims of abuse sharing and publicizing their experiences for the sake of healing and inspiring change for the better. It’s also about those who perpetrate, facilitate, and turn a blind eye to the abuse confessing their own sins, testifying to their transgressions, humbly requesting absolution and redemption, and begging for readmission to the community on the condition of abject self-abasement and repentance.
Billy Graham would have smiled.