Dear readers who care about Mennonite colleges, what happens next is largely up to you.
Labeling 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.
It's taken me seventeen years to identity this as an abusive encounter and I'm going to have to sit with that reality because it's all so fresh.
The problem with YOU MUST REPORT.
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.
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?
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.