About

Who we are

Grounded in hope and possibility, Mennonite Abuse Prevention helps Anabaptists tell truthful stories about abuse for the well-being of survivors and to promote safety and healing for all. As a historic archive of survivor experiences and a community truth-telling project, MAP publishes credible allegations of sexual abuse and other abuses of power in Anabaptist-affiliated institutions. We intentionally center the experiences and best interests of survivors and the most vulnerable.

green spiral

Our vision builds on foundational Anabaptist commitments and beliefs:

A commitment to acting and speaking without violence or coercion — rejecting sexual, emotional, spiritual, and structural violence, manipulation, dishonesty, gaslightingDARVO, grooming, etc. (see also: the Amish / Plain Community Power and Control Wheel).

A commitment to adult baptism and a freely-chosen confession of faith, as well as a respect for personal conscience and nonconformity with the world, including an ethic of consent and choice that gives individuals control of their own bodies and decisions.

A commitment to living in community and to mutual aid and relief for those in need, including supporting people who experience violence and harm in their own Anabaptist families and churches.

A commitment to seeking peace, justice, and repair of harm for those most directly affected — the innocent victims and their communities — with the effectiveness of any efforts measured first by the experiences of those who were harmed.

A commitment to prevention built on the belief that (1) Anabaptist-affiliated institutions can implement good prevention efforts, and that (2) good prevention efforts will reduce the number of incidents of violence, abuse, and coercion.

A commitment to right action built on the belief that (1) Anabaptist-affiliated institutions can respond well to reports of sexual violence and misconduct, and that (2) good responses to reports of abuse will reduce the long-term harm for victims and the community.

A commitment to responsibility, accountability, and restoration built on the belief that we can study our own history, learn from and repair our mistakes, and make changes in ourselves and in our institutions in order to do better in the future.

A commitment to truth-telling and public knowledge — creating opportunities for authentic accountability, genuine repentance, institutional courage, restoring relationships with integrity, and healing for individuals and communities.

IMG_20190617_160132530

MAP’s vision also builds on the Christian foundation laid by Jesus, as described by Pete Singer of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE):

“War, oppression, sexual violence, child abuse, clergy abuse, spiritual abuse, and more have left deep scars on many lives and communities. Into that world of despair came an unquenchable hope. Jesus proclaimed his purpose to create a way to God, to bring healing to those who suffered, and to call for justice for the oppressed. Jesus’ focus remains unchanged, and he calls the church to reflect his heart, to be salt and light in a world of tribulation, and to be a source of hope and healing.”

About our standards

We strive to follow accepted journalism standards in reporting and publishing as well as the highest ethical standards when working with survivors.

Our website is “an online journal in the regular business of newsgathering and disseminating news or information to the public” under the Kansas Shield Law, which allows us to better protect the information we learn from victims and others concerned by abuse in Anabaptist contexts.

Our right to publish the truth is protected not only by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Section 11 of the Kansas Bill of Rights, and the Privacy Protection Act of 1980, but also by the Kansas Public Speech Protection Act, which affords us an extra layer of legal protection against perpetrators of abuse who would otherwise use litigation as a weapon in an attempt to silence us.

IMG_20190131_120649281 (1)

The MAP people

Jason Miller

Executive director

Jason is descended from generations of Anabaptist builders, farmers, and homemakers. In that tradition, he enjoys designing, creating, and building anything from toys to art installations to houses, and he likes to grow, cook, ferment, and preserve fruits and vegetables. Jason is also a descendant of Anabaptist abusers — his Amish great-great-grandfather spent time at an Indiana state penal farm for abusing his mentally ill daughter. Jason’s family connections include Anabaptists in Amish, Beachy Amish, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Biblical Mennonite Alliance, Weaverland Old Order (Horning) Mennonite Conference, Lancaster Mennonite Conference, and Mennonite Church USA traditions.

Jason served with Mennonite Voluntary Service at Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., and with Intermenno at Tagungsstätte Thomashof near Karlsruhe, Germany. He also served as a member of the Mental Health Task Force of the Kansas Legislature (2017–2019), as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Kansas, and as a mental health worker at Prairie View, in Newton, Kan.

Board

Barbie Fischer
Executive director, Restorative Encounters

Kal Skye
Doctoral student, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College

Volunteers

Ilse Ackerman
Database and editorial advisor
VP Data and Analytics, Brooklyn Data Co.

Stacy Vlasits
Website advisor
Senior Information Technology Manager, The University of Texas at Austin

Karen Zehr
SNAP Mennonite liaison and editorial advisor
Coordinator of the online SNAP Mennonite survivor support group

Our history

June 24, 2015

April 24, 2016

Welcome to the Mennonite Abuse Prevention List, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

November 4, 2016

“Why we name names,” by Barbra Graber, published in The Mennonite

January 3, 2018

The MAP List launched as an independent website.

December 19, 2018

The Mennonite Abuse Prevention List was incorporated in Harrisonburg, Va.

February 28, 2019

The Mennonite Abuse Prevention List was granted 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

January 2020

Laura Sider Jost appointed executive director.

May 2023

Jason Miller appointed executive director.

November 27, 2023

The corporation moved to Kansas and was renamed Mennonite Abuse Prevention, Inc.

Support our work

Help us hold leaders accountable and break patterns of abuse in Mennonite institutions.

Scroll to Top