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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...
An Advocate Responds to Concerns from Others at EMU

An Advocate Responds to Concerns from Others at EMU

SERIES INTRODUCTION: This is Part 4 in a series of posts by those who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates.  Lisa shares the personal and professional costs of advocating for victims and survivors of sexual violence. As a prolific public advocate, she responds to the criticisms, questions...
9 Remaining Questions on EMU's DSA Report

9 Remaining Questions on EMU’s DSA Report

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Lisa Schirch’s voice will provide the next three parts in this series of posts in which survivors and advocates respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU’s) hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates (DSA).  Read Stephanie Krehbiel’s Part 1 “Asking the Right Questions” here. Lisa’s Part 2 now asks 9 critical questions left unanswered by the published report of...
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.  ...
Good Intentions Aren't Enough: How church authorities slid my sister's sexual abuse under the rug

Good Intentions Aren’t Enough: How church authorities slid my sister’s sexual abuse under the rug

  Lauren Shifflett, recently shared the story of the sexual trauma she experienced in her life including how Luke Hartman coerced her into a sexual relationship, then stalked and threatened her when she tried to end it. If you have a moment, please read it with caution and kindness. It’s long, troubling, and at times unflattering...
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...
Counting Myself Out: Am I a Christian? (or, "How I Got in Bed with Jesus")

Counting Myself Out: Am I a Christian? (or, “How I Got in Bed with Jesus”)

*This is a cross-post from Rae‘s new blog “Heart of Thought,” which she began “in response to reading about theology, philosophy, and experiences of god without getting the opportunity to theologize, philosophize, and talk about my own daily experiences with god.” This particular piece appeared on October 29, 2015. You can find more blog entries...
Survivors Protest CMU's John Howard Yoder Course Description

Survivors Protest CMU’s John Howard Yoder Course Description

As the North American Mennonite church has these past two years (and decades) discussed, discerned and shed tears upon tears regarding John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women, it has been repeated again and again: Yoder’s treatment of women was abusive. It is not to be called “inappropriate.” It is to be named as abusive....
Sex with a pastor: An affair or abuse?

Sex with a pastor: An affair or abuse?

Representing the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP, Dr. Cameron Altaras delivered the following speech at the Annual SNAP conference in Alexandria, Virginia on August 2, 2015. More than 300 survivors of sexual abuse in faith communities and their loved ones gathered to hear speakers from around the world who educated and inspired us to “protect the vulnerable and expose the truth”...
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...
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