“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
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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...
We Can Do Better: how my report of rape at a Christian school made things worse

We Can Do Better: how my report of rape at a Christian school made things worse

This post has been a long time coming, not that I haven’t written about it or spoken about it before, but I’ve never written about it or spoken about it in this depth, to this wide of an audience. As more comes to light about Eastern Mennonite University’s response to the issues concerning Luke Hartman,...
Fallen to Freedom

Fallen to Freedom

In 2006, I approached my Pastor and shared with him that I felt that there was something missing between God and I and I wasn’t sure what it was. I asked if we could meet. He answered, “Sure, no problem.” And we had set up a date and a time. I am a very visual...
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...
Now We Are Free

Now We Are Free

This may be an unfair assumption, but many people are probably only reading this post to hear about my experiences with Luke Hartman. My story is so much bigger than him though, and writing this post has involved revisiting some of the hardest moments of my life. Please don’t cheapen that long and painful process...
Prison, Sexual Assault, and Editing John Howard Yoder: One Man's Story

Prison, Sexual Assault, and Editing John Howard Yoder: One Man’s Story

Yesterday we posted Andy Alexis Baker’s story of sexual abuse experienced in prison, and how it relates to his work with and understandings of John Howard Yoder’s theology and life. His story also appeared in The Mennonite’s TMail November 11th issue. We decided to highlight his story by posting it through the main Our Stories Untold...
My Untold Story

My Untold Story

I first read this story at an open mic night in April 2013 at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa. The theme of the evening was violence against women, and it was the first time this story had ever been shared in written or spoken form. There were a lot of tears on that...
The ebb and flow of healing

The ebb and flow of healing

From Editor Rachel Halder: Sharing a story of personal abuse, rape, or sexualized violence is an incredibly difficult, yet courageous, undertaking. This entry is a re-post of a recent anonymous submission in the Our Stories Untold “Stories” section of the Web site. Typically I don’t include stories within the blog, but this brave story struck...
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