August 2, 2015

Representing SNAP Mennonite (Canada), Dr. Cameron Altaras delivered the following speech at the annual SNAP conference in Alexandria, Virginia on August 2, 2015. More than 300 survivors of sexual abuse in faith communities and their loved ones gathered to hear speakers...

January 1, 2015

In 1985, after weeks of intensive training, I started volunteering at the Los Angeles Rape Hotline (taking calls, accompanying victims to court, etc). After about a year on the job, it started getting to me. Every time a call came in I felt like the victim’s voice (tel...

January 21, 2014

It’s so very difficult to put into words.  So when a poet hits the nail on the head it can take your breath away.

That was the case when I first read Di Brandt’s poem non-resistance or love Mennonite style. Without this poem it seems this website is incomplete....

August 15, 2013

A guy in a bar once told me: “I’ve never met a woman who was angry enough.”

A sex crimes law enforcement officer told us trainees at the Los Angeles Rape Hotline, “First they say they are fine, then they cry, and then, finally, some of them get mad. It’s not until I see...

July 17, 2013

[Updated January 31, 2018]  

In early June of 2013, responding to a book review written in The Mennonite, a publication of Mennonite Church USA, I created a Facebook note about renowned Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuses and what I thought the c...

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"In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift.

If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame,

our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others."

 Brennan Manning

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