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.
It’s flat out wrong to interpret “believe women” or “believe survivors,” as a demand that you agree with a claim that is not warranted. Here's why.
When we shift from understanding rape and sexual violence as scandal to what it actually is, violence, we also shift our attention from linear narratives to cyclical narratives of impact.
The goal is simple: Empower victims to speak, and encourage the kind of transparency that makes abuse harder to hide or ignore.
When college officials decry survivors’ use of social media, it’s time to pay extra attention to the content of what has been posted.
These inconsistent, ambiguous, and coded rules are made to be broken. And so really, the question is, who gets away with breaking them, and who doesn’t?
Let me get to the heart of what we mean by accountability.
At Into Account, we work with athletes from departments at small, religious liberal arts schools who tell us versions of the same story: secrecy, insularity, and complaints of serious abuse being handled, or simply minimized and ignored, by unqualified athletic department personnel.
by Hilary Jerome Scarsella, Director of Theological Integrity The other day, my colleagues and I were reflecting on the sense of angst we have when folks in communities of faith ask us for examples of people getting it right when it comes to responding to abuse. It’s a perfectly fantastic question. Who is not making … Continue reading Responding to reports of abuse: Who’s getting it right? And where does theology come in?
For too many college victims, reporting an assault to campus authorities is a scary, obstacle-laden process. At small colleges, where it can seem like everyone knows everyone, reporting can be particularly fraught. What if, for instance, your rapist is related to the Title IX Coordinator? (Yes, unfortunately, we’ve seen that.) What if someone on the … Continue reading Better Reporting for Bethel: Student Leaders Discuss Their Resolution to Promote Callisto