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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 last post of the series,...
Controversies and Clarifications: What does it actually mean when OSU writers take a stand?

Controversies and Clarifications: What does it actually mean when OSU writers take a stand?

When I enter Mennonite spaces, friends, colleagues, and sometimes complete strangers regularly approach me and say, “I need to talk to you about Our Stories Untold.” Or sometimes it’s, “I need to talk to you about SNAP.” This opening line is followed by impassioned questions and expressions of concern, the most frequent of which are...
This is my truth: Black Bodies, Silencing and Untold Stories

This is my truth: Black Bodies, Silencing and Untold Stories

This is the second post in OSU’s fall blog series on sexualized violence and race. Today’s post is offered by Regina Shands Stoltzfus, professor in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies department at Goshen College. Regina is also a member of Mennonite Church USA’s Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention and co-founder of Roots of Justice, an anti-oppression organization (formerly Damascus...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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