Sins of the Amish, a docu-series about sexual abuse within Plain communities, is now available through Peacock TV.
The hard-hitting series takes a deep dive into the abuse that has festered in Amish and Mennonite communities for decades. It shares the stories of multiple survivors of abuse, the response of their communities, and the efforts of the law enforcement and legal systems to bring justice.
The series follows the stories of several survivors as they attempt to find justice and healing. It shows the obstacles they face and the opposition they encounter, not only from their perpetrators and the justice system, but also their own communities, friends, and relatives. “Liberty and justice for all,” the Pledge of Allegiance promises, but for these survivors, both seem just out of reach.
Along the way, advocates, law enforcement, and legal personnel lend their perspective and insights about the dynamics of abuse within Plain communities and the challenges of confronting it. Viewers have described the show as “heavy” and “intense”, but also a must-watch series.
Sins of the Amish features Hope Anne Dueck, executive director of A Better Way, as one of the expert consultants. Others include Jasper Hoffman of The Plain People’s Podcast, Mary Byler of The Misfit Amish, and the Hon. Judge Dennis Reinaker, judge for the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Misty Griffin, author of Tears of the Silenced, served as a producer for the series.
Sins of the Amish is available through the Peacock streaming service. Please note that this series is not recommended for children due to the topics discussed and some language.