by Hilary Jerome Scarsella, Director of Theological IntegrityUPDATED the evening of 10/21/19 The Mennonite put out an article today on details emerging around the AMBS search committee’s decision to appoint David Boshart the next president of the seminary. We’ll have more to say on the subject shortly, but today I’m keeping it quick and dirty. … Continue reading Boshart’s appointment: Takeaways from today’s article on emerging details
Yours is not the first community he has groomed to tolerate him; your church did not produce his first pack of ardent defenders.
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.
What we will know, what i will remind you of when you need to hear it, is that all of our truths together have more power than we can fathom.
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.