“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Posts tagged "rape"
Opening Pandora's Box: how EMU'S DSA report carries on institutional patterns

Opening Pandora’s Box: how EMU’S DSA report carries on institutional patterns

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Survivor advocate Lisa Schirch’s voice provides Part 3 in this series of posts by those who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates (DSA).  Read Part 1 by Stephanie Krehbiel here and Part 2 by Lisa Schirch here.  Today Dr. Schirch provides her analysis of the wider context for the...
72 Hours in Trump's America

72 Hours in Trump’s America

Less than 72 hours after learning that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, I have nothing coherent to say. What I have are fits and fragments of clarity that rise only momentarily to the surface of my grief before being swallowed again into the fog. Maybe fragmented clarity is what...
Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

This post kicks off our fall series on sexualized violence and race. In turning our focus to the intersections of sexualized violence and race it is my hope that we do not allow ourselves to believe that we are exploring a side issue or engaging in a conversation that is only relevant to survivors who...
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...
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,...
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...
Make it safer for sexual violence survivors to name perpetrators

Make it safer for sexual violence survivors to name perpetrators

This cross-post by Stephanie Krehbiel originally appeared in the opinion section on The Mennonite‘s website on October 5, 2015.   In August, together with 10 other Mennonite or formerly Mennonite advocates for survivors of sexual violence, I attended the annual conference of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests. SNAP is a 30-year-old organization formed by Catholic...
Trauma and Lack of Nuance

Trauma and Lack of Nuance

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” —Audre Lorde My assailants told me I was cute, that I was beautiful and small, that I was sweetness, that my hair was soft, that I looked innocent. My assailant told me he wanted a threesome. My assailant told me...
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...
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