The problem with YOU MUST REPORT.
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.
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.
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
"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.
The author of today’s post, Erin Bergen, is a leader in the survivor-led movement against sexualized violence at Mennonite colleges. As a student at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, she helped found the Functional Immediate Response Student Safety Team (FIRSST), a group of students committed to ending sexualized and gender-based violence on the Goshen campus. … Continue reading Preaching Peace and Silencing Survivors
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