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Asking the Right Questions: A Response to EMU's DSA Report

Asking the Right Questions: A Response to EMU’s DSA Report

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Stephanie Krehbiel’s voice provides the first in a series of posts by survivors and advocates who want the opportunity to respond to the recently released findings of Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates.  This year has been quite a ride and there’s a whole lot that hasn’t been said, needs to be said.  ...
Archiving a culture of silence

Archiving a culture of silence

This is the second post in OSU’s current blog series on SNAP Mennonite’s MAP List (Mennonite Abuse Prevention List) and the broader issue of naming church workers (lay or ordained) who are credibly accused* of perpetrating sexualized violence. Check out my introduction to the series or Barbra’s post from last week to get a better grasp on what the series is about, where this...
The Perception of the Problem

The Perception of the Problem

Teach and model mutuality between men and women and challenge the ongoing legacy of patriarchy in the church. – From “What we will do…As church institutions,” in “Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse.” Passed by Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly, Kansas City, July 2015. Institutions are crowded. In noticing the crowds, we also notice the orientation...
Why queer youth cannot be “kittens that we rescue": An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 3)

Why queer youth cannot be “kittens that we rescue”: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 3)

This is the third part to a 3 part interview series between Stephanie Krehbiel and Yvonne Zimmerman on the narrative of sex-trafficking. Zimmerman is a veteran of the sex trafficking debates. Her book, Other Dreams of Freedom: Religion, Sex, and Human Trafficking, examines the influence of conservative Protestant theology on U.S. anti-trafficking policy. Today’s piece discusses...
Prostitution, sex-trafficking, and agency: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 2)

Prostitution, sex-trafficking, and agency: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 2)

Yesterday we posted part 1 of a 3 part interview series between Stephanie Krehbiel and Yvonne Zimmerman on the narrative of sex-trafficking. Zimmerman is a veteran of the sex trafficking debates. Her book, Other Dreams of Freedom: Religion, Sex, and Human Trafficking, examines the influence of conservative Protestant theology on U.S. anti-trafficking policy. In part one,...
The victim narrative on sex-trafficking: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 1)

The victim narrative on sex-trafficking: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 1)

What is sex trafficking? Is it different from prostitution? Is it slavery? Who is involved in sex trafficking? Why does it exist? What does it mean for survivor communities to talk about sex trafficking? While sex trafficking constitutes a relatively small percentage of total estimated human trafficking activity, our collective American preoccupation with sex trafficking...
Make it safer for sexual violence survivors to name perpetrators

Make it safer for sexual violence survivors to name perpetrators

This cross-post by Stephanie Krehbiel originally appeared in the opinion section on The Mennonite‘s website on October 5, 2015.   In August, together with 10 other Mennonite or formerly Mennonite advocates for survivors of sexual violence, I attended the annual conference of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests. SNAP is a 30-year-old organization formed by Catholic...
Breaking Open the Structure of Sexual Violence: An Interview with Ruth Krall

Breaking Open the Structure of Sexual Violence: An Interview with Ruth Krall

This interview originally appeared on Issue 2015, VOL. 69 of Mennonite Life, a Bethel College publication. I first encountered Ruth Krall’s work at the same time that many Mennonites did, in 2013, with the release of the third volume of her online series of books on religious sexual violence, The Elephants in God’s Living Room. That...
Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

** This piece was originally posted at PinkMenno.org on July 10, 2014. Stay tuned for more reflections on this topic in the coming week. This is a strange time to be writing about Mennonites and sexuality. In less than a year, I’m scheduled to defend my dissertation on sexual diversity, LGBTQ Anabaptist activism, and the...
Why Heterosexism and Sexualized Violence are Linked, Part II

Why Heterosexism and Sexualized Violence are Linked, Part II

Editor’s Note: The following is the 2nd post to a two-part series on the connections between heterosexism and sexualized violence by Stephanie Krehbiel. To see Part 1, click here. In this series Stephanie stresses why we cannot ignore race, class, or homosexuality in the conversation about sexualized violence. – RH Yesterday I explained how the umbrella...
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