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Victim or Survivor?: Respecting Our Choices

by Kathy Wiens

Attachment-1 3Labeling a victim as powerless and a survivor as someone who has more “power from within” is a way to pit victims and survivors against each other so that the church can control the narrative about sexual violence.

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Godly men, be quiet.

by Stephanie Krehbiel

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

The vast majority of church leaders have absolutely no business trying to be leaders in the movement to end sexual abuse.

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God is not an Abuser: Responding to Daughters of Promise

by Rosemarie Miller and Stephanie Krehbiel

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Rosemarie and Stephanie discuss a disturbing devotional essay written by the wife of a sexual predator.

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Sexual Abuse in Plain Anabaptist Churches: An Interview with Rosemarie Miller

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“The very thing that is seen as a plus–the close community and deep involvement in each other’s lives–becomes a horrible weight when abuse exists.”

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Surviving R. Kelly and My Moment of Realization: When naming your assault takes time

by Alicia Crosby

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Alicia Crosby, age 16

I shed tears on that couch for the women speaking of unspeakable acts of violence that occurred during their girlhood and when I turned the TV off I wept for those whose stories go unheard and unbelieved. I cried for myself as something in me clicked and I recognized that something that happened nearly 20 years ago was clearly predatory and constituted assault.

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Our Rock is the Truth

By Stephanie Krehbiel

It began with an email that several faculty members from a small liberal arts college shared with me. It was from their school’s Title IX Coordinator, shared with all faculty and staff of their school, informing them about the school’s mandatory reporting policy* for sexual violence. The pitch of the letter was pretty simple: “If you see something, YOU MUST REPORT. If you hear something, YOU MUST REPORT. If a student tells you something, YOU MUST REPORT.” That was the message to faculty and staff.

“Does this seem right to you?” they asked me.

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You Are Where You Need to Be

By Katherine B. Wiens M.Ed, LP, Chair of Into Account Board of Directors

Wherever you are on the journey is exactly where you need to be.

This is my new mantra about sexual violence and survivors.

I believe this statement honors each survivor and where they are on their journey. If we truly wish to help someone who has experienced sexual violence, then we need to come into their circle, not expect them to come into ours.

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#Believe Survivors Means What, Again?

by Hilary Jerome Scarsella

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A lot of this angst in the news these days around believing women could be sorted, I think, with some focused attention on what belief actually is in day-to-day human experience. In current popular resistance to the idea of believing women and survivors of sexual assault, folks are treating belief as if it is a magical state entirely unwarranted by reason, like a child’s belief in Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. But even these examples suggest that belief is more than that. Children who believe that these holiday characters are real actually do have good reason: the adults who they trust to help them learn about the world have, in most cases, told them so.

Belief, as in a child’s reasonable belief in Santa Claus, can be inaccurate.

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