Nine days ago, I stood in Elkhart, Indiana, on the campus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). The campus apartment building where I was sexually assaulted is gone now. When I learned that it would be demolished, I remember wishing that I could be the one to swing the wrecking ball. Soft, green grass now grows in the place where my life broke apart. Nine days ago, with two of my fiercest supporters at my sides, I set my gaze there for just a fragment of a moment. I expected to feel sick at the sight, but the nausea didn’t come. Instead, I was visited by an image of today’s students finding rest on the lawn, studying in the sun. I felt warmly toward them. I sensed the roots of the gentle grass working through the ground, turning it over, reinfusing that once-terrible place with the capacity to grow something different. I was on campus to meet both with the seminary personnel who were involved in administratively responding to my original disclosure of sexual assault, and those members of AMBS’s faculty and staff who led this last year’s process of reviewing that response. These meetings were the culmination of the […]
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