Yours is not the first community he has groomed to tolerate him; your church did not produce his first pack of ardent defenders.
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.
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.
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.
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.