Let me get to the heart of what we mean by accountability.
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
When I sketched out the shape of our Education is Power series, I envisioned a three-part release of informative articles that could help people understand what is at stake for sexual violence survivors in an attack on Title IX. That was back in July. I had it planned out so neatly. And then the news … Continue reading Jay’s Story (Education is Power, Part III)
On October 5, Into Account's staff sent the following letter to the administrators of U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities, and seminaries. The list of schools includes our personal alma maters, as well as schools attended by some of the survivors for whom we have advocated (both publicly and privately). The Mennonite, the denominational publication for Mennonite … Continue reading An Open Letter to Administrators
We’re thrilled to announce that Hilary Jerome Scarsella will be joining us at Into Account as our Director of Theological Integrity. Hilary is a recognized writer, speaker, and scholar, with expertise in the intersections of theology and trauma, especially with respect to sexualized violence. Her role with us will be to direct our process of … Continue reading Introducing Hilary Jerome Scarsella
Into Account calls on Mennonite Church USA to remove Virginia Mennonite Conference Minister Clyde Kratz from the search committee for the new Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, and to replace him with a member MC USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention. Take Action Now At the delegate assembly at the MC USA biennial convention … Continue reading To MC USA Executive Board: Don’t feed your climate of abuse. You need experts, not enablers.
"Launch Your Future," EMU's website shouts in bold capital letters, as they prepare to hand a social work degree to a student who has - by EMU's own finding - committed sexual violence.
Into Account has assessed the reports of witnesses, survivors, and key parties, as well as any available policies and practices at associated organizations and institutions. At Into Account, trusting survivors as credible witnesses to their own experiences is paramount to our mission, and supported by decades of research into the myth of “false reporting.”
Often, organizations, churches, or institutions find themselves thinking about their cultures, policies, and practices surrounding sexualized and spiritual violence because they have learned of violence in their own context. Many times, there is only a real investigation after initial attempts to address the violence have failed or done more harm. At this point, it’s time … Continue reading So You Need an Investigation