You may have read Misty Griffin’s story, “Tears of the Silenced”. Now, she is circulating a petition to require all teachers to have training in mandatory reporting, and for all schools to provide training for children to prevent sexual assault.
Victims of abuse in a plain community have asked us to provide support at a trial in the far North of Canada. Because of the distance involved, and because of the expected length of the trial due to the many victims and the serious charges, advocates need help with the funding to be able to provide support.
After five years in existence, A Better Way is becoming a non-profit organization! Soon, your gifts will be tax-deductible. We are now incorporated in the State of Ohio as A Better Way: Education and Support, and are preparing to file with the IRS for tax-exempt status. As you may imagine, the costs associated with this filing are not trivial. Please stay tuned as we will be raising funds to cover these costs. The good news…
The purpose of the Clothing Project is not to discourage modesty or to belittle those who choose to dress conservatively. The Clothing Project graphically and viscerally demonstrates that modesty does not protect people from sexual assault.
At the Child Abuse Prevention Seminar in April, we were excited to reveal a project that had been in process for months: the “What Were You Wearing?” clothing project. As far as we know, it is the first such project to exclusively feature clothing from those who were part of a plain-dressing community at the time of their assault.
Let’s do our children a real favor, and be accurate in our teaching–not take an “easy shortcut” that leads to long-term harm.
Hope Anne Dueck joined with several other members of the cast of Sins of the Amish to discuss the show and next steps going forward. Watch the discussion below! Sins of the Amish is streaming through Peacock TV.
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.
A few fun facts about “Sins of the Amish” and my role in it.
On April 29th, 2022, we debuted the ”What Were You Wearing: Plain People’s Edition” clothing project. A collaboration between Hope Anne Dueck of A Better Way, Mary Byler of The Misfit Amish, and Ruth Ann Brubaker, the display showcases actual items or exact replicas of clothing worn by Plain survivors at the time of their assault. Peter Smith of the Associated Press covered the project in a news article entitled “What they wore: Clothes spotlight…