“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Posts tagged "sexualized violence"
A Crisis of Faith: In support of Kay Ellen

A Crisis of Faith: In support of Kay Ellen

Sexualized violence doesn’t only hurt those directly victimized. It ripples out and causes all manner of harm to the families, loved ones, colleagues, and broader communities of both victim-survivors and perpetrators. While Our Stories Untold prioritizes survivors’ voices, those who are secondarily impacted need to be heard too so that we get a full picture of the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
New allegations: church leader Vernon Leis

New allegations: church leader Vernon Leis

Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada has released a public statement that it has received an allegation of “sexual and ethical misconduct” implicating a former pastor, Vernon Leis, of Tavistock, ONT, Canada, who is deceased. In order to reveal the full truth, we urge any victims or witnesses with more information to come forward. Contact us confidentially at Mennonite@snapnetwork.org or...
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