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When the Church Walks Away: Learning to Stand With the Survivors We Love

When the Church Walks Away: Learning to Stand With the Survivors We Love

Often, survivors of sexualized violence experience isolation even in their own families. It is far too infrequent that partners and parents and siblings find their way toward solidarity with loved ones who have experienced abuse. Which is why it is important for all of us to hear and learn from family members of sexualized violence...
When the Church Walks Away: Part Three

When the Church Walks Away: Part Three

This is part three in a series of posts by Kathy Wiens, a sexual violence survivor, and her husband, Tim, who has been her strong ally. The series focuses on her experience of advocating for people vulnerable to abuse in her Mennonite church home where she struggled to resist retraumatization as the community of faith she trusted prioritized the needs...
When the Church Walks Away: Part One

When the Church Walks Away: Part One

  This is part one in what will be a series of posts published over the next few weeks by Kathy Wiens, a sexual violence survivor, and her husband, Tim, who has been her strong ally. Kathy has previously written and published a book that powerfully tells the story of the abuse she survived. But...
Who protects the flock? My encounter with an abusive pastor

Who protects the flock? My encounter with an abusive pastor

In what follows, Kay Ellen courageously tells of the abuse she experienced from her former pastor, Duane Yoder, and of the ways her communities of faith failed to hold him accountable. As you will learn from reading her own words, Kay has chosen to share her account publicly in order to help prevent this same...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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