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A Timeline of What Happened in Harrisonburg: My View

A Timeline of What Happened in Harrisonburg: My View

This is part 5 in a series of posts by sexual violence survivors and advocates who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates. Barbra Graber, who has been in the thick of it since day one, today releases her take on the unfolding of the high...
Why We Name Names

Why We Name Names

This is post 1 in OSU’s first blog series. Its theme is SNAP Mennonite’s MAP List (Mennonite Abuse Prevention List) and the broader issue of naming church workers (lay or ordained) who are credibly accused* (our definition below) of perpetrating sexualized violence. Check out the introduction to the series  to get a better grasp on what an OSU blog series...
Virginia Mennonites file complaint against pastor Duane Yoder

Virginia Mennonites file complaint against pastor Duane Yoder

  Eight members of Virginia Mennonite Conference have filed an official complaint with the conference asking that pastor Duane Yoder’s credentials be put under review for breaches of trust. A letter distributed to the Lindale Mennonite Congregation in March of 2016 revealed that Duane Yoder withheld from his congregation for more than a year and a half...
An Open Letter from OurStoriesUntold to Eastern Mennonite University

An Open Letter from OurStoriesUntold to Eastern Mennonite University

Last week, in an email to faculty, staff and students, Eastern Mennonite University acknowledged and responded to Lauren Shifflitt’s testimony to the stalking and abuse she experienced from former EMU Vice President of Enrollment, Luke Hartman. The EMU statement has been shared widely through social media. EMU’s public response to Lauren Shifflett’s testimony impacts Lauren, survivors...
New allegations: church leader Vernon Leis

New allegations: church leader Vernon Leis

Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada has released a public statement that it has received an allegation of “sexual and ethical misconduct” implicating a former pastor, Vernon Leis, of Tavistock, ONT, Canada, who is deceased. In order to reveal the full truth, we urge any victims or witnesses with more information to come forward. Contact us confidentially at Mennonite@snapnetwork.org or...
SNAP Menno launched, OSU on board

SNAP Menno launched, OSU on board

I distinctly remember the feeling I had walking into that large hotel conference room in Chicago with Rae Halder last summer. I was overwhelmed with emotion and had to find a chair. We were welcomed as Mennonites to the 2014 Annual SNAP Conference, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and I saw something I’d never seen before: several hundred fellow survivors gathered for...
Graffiti art illustrates how to break the cycle

Graffiti art illustrates how to break the cycle

We are pleased to feature David Hayward, a graffiti artist and blogger otherwise known as nakedpastor. On a recent blog post, he explains how he was inspired to draw this cartoon after reading Sharon Detweiler’s untold story on our website. It powerfully illustrates how patriarchal systems create, nurture, protect and defend the abuse of women and children.  Boys and young men are also its victims, as...
Accepting reality: Putting child sexual abuse on our radar

Accepting reality: Putting child sexual abuse on our radar

In 1985, after weeks of intensive training, I started volunteering at the Los Angeles Rape Hotline (taking calls, accompanying victims to court, etc). After about a year on the job, it started getting to me. Every time a call came in I felt like the victim’s voice (telling me yet another horror) went through my...
I AM, a survivor’s prayer

I AM, a survivor’s prayer

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a poem by Barbra Graber, originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH   Lord, oh Lord. How can the sexualized...
nonresistance, or love Mennonite style

nonresistance, or love Mennonite style

 It’s so very difficult to put into words.  So when a poet hits the nail on the head it can take your breath away. That was the case when I first read Di Brandt’s poem non-resistance or love Mennonite style. Without this poem it seems our website is incomplete. Conversing with Di Brandt along the way...
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