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 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.
When we shift from understanding rape and sexual violence as scandal to what it actually is, violence, we also shift our attention from linear narratives to cyclical narratives of impact.
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.
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?
One year after the mass murder at Pulse Nightclub, Jay Yoder reflects on leaving the Mennonite Church.
"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.