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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...
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...
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,...
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Abuse Databases and Religious Culture: A Catholic perspective on addressing abuse in the Church

Abuse Databases and Religious Culture: A Catholic perspective on addressing abuse in the Church

This is the third and last 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. Today’s post is offered by Terry McKiernan, President of BishopAccountability.org, an organization focused on preserving a public record of sexual abuse and...
The Church Continues to Break our Trust

The Church Continues to Break our Trust

Dear friends, Several weeks ago, my sister Lauren Shifflett announced her decision not to participate in the investigation taking place at Eastern Mennonite University by D. Stafford and Associates and explained her reasons why. I support her decision fully and after being asked to submit to an interview myself, I also have decided to decline....
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Panel is Walking Away, and So Am I

The Panel is Walking Away, and So Am I

Hello, my friends, It is time for me to speak after a prolonged silence. I’ve been trying to find my voice again through this complicated process. My advocate Barbra Graber, my sister Marissa Buck, and my dear friends at Our Stories Untold and SNAP Mennonite have walked along at my own pace as I have...
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...
Do Not Let Your Heart Beat Hope

Do Not Let Your Heart Beat Hope

“I’m going to destroy you, and I know exactly how.” That’s the sentence that started a two-year run for me, one from which I’m still recovering, of a feral, terrified, and isolated existence. That’s the sentence that launched my former lover, partner, friend – the most trusted person in my life, into my predator, stalking...
Mennonite Bodies, Sexual Ethics: Women Challenge John Howard Yoder

Mennonite Bodies, Sexual Ethics: Women Challenge John Howard Yoder

Many readers of Our Stories Untold are likely familiar with aspects of the long, troubling history — dating to the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s — of theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women, and of myriad failures among Mennonite institutions to adequately address it.  Here, Rachel Waltner Goossen, professor of history at Washburn University,...
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