“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
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The Kindness of Strangers: A Fresh Air child hosted by Mennonites breaks her silence

The Kindness of Strangers: A Fresh Air child hosted by Mennonites breaks her silence

Editor’s Note: I met Janice Batts on Facebook messaging. She was very angry with the Mennonite Church. She was angry like Jesus-turning-over-tables-in-the-temple kind of angry. My good white Mennonite privilege was offended. I was repulsed by her anger and found myself judging it harshly. But I mustered up some self-righteous ‘care and kindness’ and asked whether I could pass...
Sexual Abuse in Black Adolescence and Childhood

Sexual Abuse in Black Adolescence and Childhood

  This is the third post in OSU’s fall blog series on sexualized violence and race. Today’s post is offered by Kishundra D. King. She is both a crisis counselor who works with Black women and children survivors of abuse and a researcher who studies the same topic with respect to psychology and religion. Kishundra is someone who has a...
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...
Loving Pain into Speech

Loving Pain into Speech

These last many months, I have slowly allowed myself to acknowledge anew the depth and endlessness of the heartache I carry within – heartache for the ways we human beings tear at each other’s bodies and psyches and spirits and holy places and communities and cultures and homes; heartache for the ways we tear at the earth and its...
Honoring the Power of Worship

Honoring the Power of Worship

*This post was originally written for Dove’s Nest. See the Dove’s nest post here. For the last several years, I have been talking with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse about how the worship and teachings of their faith communities impacted their experiences of abuse, its traumatic consequences, and their ability to eventually seek recovery. A commitment...
The Power of Choice: Our Stories Untold Two-Year Anniversary

The Power of Choice: Our Stories Untold Two-Year Anniversary

Two years ago today I chose to launch Our Stories Untold, a blog with the mission to collect stories of sexualized violence in the Mennonite Church, drawing awareness to this epidemic of violence that is happening all around us, to give a voice to the marginalized, and to bring spiritual healing to those who have...
It's Never Too Late: How Poetry Saved Me

It’s Never Too Late: How Poetry Saved Me

Butterfly in Reverse (a poem from my upcoming book, Memory Chose A Woman’s Body) I had wings. Once. They seemed no different than human hands until plucked. Reluctantly. Along the mantelpiece, beside a twenty dollar bill— the world, smut-stained; neither touchable, neither of them mine. Gone. Butterfly in reverse, ill pupa, inch worm at half...
Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Hilary Jerome Scarsella, originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH  In each issue of Timbrel, a section called “Three Windows, Three Women” highlights...
Becoming Light

Becoming Light

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post was originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH   I’ve been wandering on a long, winding road of healing since that...
Becoming Ready and Willing for Sexual Healing to Happen

Becoming Ready and Willing for Sexual Healing to Happen

“It only takes one person plowing a row to make a field, then others can follow knowing they aren’t the first or alone.” — Julia Kasdorf, from “Boustrophedon” Healing from sexual abuse after the shredding of a soul can’t be forced or figured out. Whether we work at this task as victim, survivor or compassionate advocate, it...
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