Hilary's successful process with AMBS must not be co-opted into an institutional narrative that erases the trauma of other survivors, that asserts a false peace while silent suffering continues, and that elevates Hilary as a chosen survivor on the backs of people who do not fall within Dave's narrow-minded understanding of the body of Christ.
The vast majority of church leaders have absolutely no business trying to lead in the movement to end sexual abuse.
Rosemarie and Stephanie discuss a devotional essay written by the wife of a sexual predator.
Rosemarie Miller talks to Stephanie Krehbiel about the prevalence child sexual abuse in Plain Mennonite, Amish, and other conservative Anabaptist communities.
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.
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?
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.
You’re wrong. Let’s talk about why. by Stephanie Krehbiel Because there is an abusive sexual predator in the White House, and when it comes to the skills we need to resist and survive the social tyrannies of his regime, the abuse survivors in your congregation are probably some of the most knowledgeable people in the … Continue reading To social justice Christians who think that sexualized violence in your church is a trivial thing to focus on because there are “more urgent issues right now”
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