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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...
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...
Dr. Dwight Krehbiel's Letter to Patty Shelly: a response to our Call to Action

Dr. Dwight Krehbiel’s Letter to Patty Shelly: a response to our Call to Action

In my role with Our Stories Untold, I have the privilege of knowing that in response to our Call to Action there are people all over the continent who are voicing their concern to those in positions of Mennonite authority about the way Mennonite institutions are responding to Luke Hartman’s abuse of Lauren Shifflett. Many of...
Introducing Hilary and new directions for Our Stories Untold

Introducing Hilary and new directions for Our Stories Untold

Dear EVERYONE, I’m truly sad to say goodbye to Rachel in her OSU role even as I trust she is making a decision that is right and good and full of grace. Rachel has been a powerhouse blessing when it comes to addressing sexualized violence in the Mennonite church, and I know I am not...
Embodied, embedded knowing: A farewell to Our Stories Untold

Embodied, embedded knowing: A farewell to Our Stories Untold

After launching this blog on June 5, 2012 and spending nearly 4 years working for awareness and healing around the topic of sexualized violence in the Mennonite Church, it is time for me (Rachel Halder) to step down from this blog so I can step up to other projects that life presents. When I had...
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...
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...
Prostitution, sex-trafficking, and agency: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 2)

Prostitution, sex-trafficking, and agency: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 2)

Yesterday we posted part 1 of 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. In part one,...
The victim narrative on sex-trafficking: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 1)

The victim narrative on sex-trafficking: An interview with Yvonne Zimmerman (Part 1)

What is sex trafficking? Is it different from prostitution? Is it slavery? Who is involved in sex trafficking? Why does it exist? What does it mean for survivor communities to talk about sex trafficking? While sex trafficking constitutes a relatively small percentage of total estimated human trafficking activity, our collective American preoccupation with sex trafficking...
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