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#Metoo and Public Disclosures of Sexual Violence Perpetration: What’s a Listener to Do?

#Metoo and Public Disclosures of Sexual Violence Perpetration: What’s a Listener to Do?

This piece was originally posted on Women In Theology. Yesterday, at approximately 12:47 pm, I decided to abandon my workday, go home, turn off the internet, eat six slices of the pumpkin pie I baked the night before, cuddle up with my pups on the couch, and call it. Seeing every woman, trans, and nonbinary...
We Are the Answer We've Been Waiting For

We Are the Answer We’ve Been Waiting For

This is part 6 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. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth posts by Stephanie Krehbiel, Lisa Schirch, and myself can be found at these links. In this last post of the series,...
Controversies and Clarifications: What does it actually mean when OSU writers take a stand?

Controversies and Clarifications: What does it actually mean when OSU writers take a stand?

When I enter Mennonite spaces, friends, colleagues, and sometimes complete strangers regularly approach me and say, “I need to talk to you about Our Stories Untold.” Or sometimes it’s, “I need to talk to you about SNAP.” This opening line is followed by impassioned questions and expressions of concern, the most frequent of which are...
72 Hours in Trump's America

72 Hours in Trump’s America

Less than 72 hours after learning that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, I have nothing coherent to say. What I have are fits and fragments of clarity that rise only momentarily to the surface of my grief before being swallowed again into the fog. Maybe fragmented clarity is what...
Our Stories Untold needs volunteers! Spread the word

Our Stories Untold needs volunteers! Spread the word

The work that Our Stories Untold does and the relationships that we cultivate have each been growing, growing, growing, and that is a wonderful thing. It means, though, that Barbra and I need a few extra hands to keep this network of love and creative resistance to sexualized violence running smoothly. We’re not at this...
Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

This post kicks off our fall series on sexualized violence and race. In turning our focus to the intersections of sexualized violence and race it is my hope that we do not allow ourselves to believe that we are exploring a side issue or engaging in a conversation that is only relevant to survivors who...
Alcohol is the New Short Skirt

Alcohol is the New Short Skirt

Everybody knows that it’s not ok to talk about what a person was wearing when they were sexually assaulted, because that, my friends, is victim blaming. But, how do we talk about what a person was drinking? A while back, I saw several comments on the blog in a row that lamented a survivor’s experience...
We're trying a new thing! Blog series on OSU

We’re trying a new thing! Blog series on OSU

Today, we are trying a new thing! It is day one of a 3-4 week blog series focused on SNAP Mennonite’s MAP List (Mennonite Abuse Prevention List) and the broader issue of publicly naming credibly accused perpetrators of sexualized abuse. In a separate post, Barbra Graber starts off the series by offering her take on why...
Save the apology, we need accountability: spoken word by M.G.

Save the apology, we need accountability: spoken word by M.G.

On Monday of this week, M.G. shared her experience of the rape and abuse she survived while a student at Eastern Mennonite University, as well as the university’s response when she reported the violence. If you read the story, you know that M.G’s courage and wisdom is pretty hard to miss. Today, you get to see with your own eyes just...
Dr. Dwight Krehbiel's Letter to Patty Shelly: a response to our Call to Action

Dr. Dwight Krehbiel’s Letter to Patty Shelly: a response to our Call to Action

In my role with Our Stories Untold, I have the privilege of knowing that in response to our Call to Action there are people all over the continent who are voicing their concern to those in positions of Mennonite authority about the way Mennonite institutions are responding to Luke Hartman’s abuse of Lauren Shifflett. Many of...
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