Widespread Abuse and Massive Coverup in Amish Country

February 24, 2024 /

“The Amish are not exempt from an independent investigation, and yet as soon as the CCI gets involved, it is no longer an independent investigation.” ~ Fellow Pennsylvania Advocate Recently there was a…

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Sexual Abuse of Amish Women and Teenagers – The David Clark Case

February 17, 2024 /

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~ Maya Angelou There was widespread abuse of Amish women and teenagers that took place in Oak Grove, Missouri, by a…

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Building a Cultural Bridge in Lancaster

December 30, 2023 /

Several weeks ago, I started a part-time volunteer job at Safe Communities. I wrote about the restorative experience here on this blog of being a participant at the retreat led by Linda Crockett…

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Sounds and Reflections from Pennsylvania Amish Country

September 5, 2023 /

I should write, “from Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite Country.” Until I moved here, I had no idea how many Old Order Mennonites live in the county. On the road one can tell the…

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My Journey, Part 2

August 6, 2023 /

By Aleta Schrock Continued from Part 1. After I had returned home from teaching at the Old Order Mennonite church school in Ohio, I worked as a nurse‚Äôs aide in a local nursing…

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My Journey

July 30, 2023 /

By Aleta Schrock, Part 1 I hated to see the end of my eighth-grade school year. Learning was fun, but the expectation was that after the eighth grade my formal education would end…

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Making Space for the Unforeseen

July 25, 2023 /

It seems our five-year-old friend was wise in giving his advice. We landed in a small apartment on Main Street in Ephrata, five minutes from his house. His dad and a friend of…

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New Horizons

June 29, 2023 /

In my last post, I promised to bring you some news of what is happening in my life. David and I have decided to move to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There are many reasons…

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From a Humble Amish Childhood to an Education that Spans the Globe

June 21, 2023 /

This is a bit later than I expected to be publishing the second story in the series I started in my last blog post, but I feel it was worth waiting for. Today…

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From an Eighth-Grade Education to a World-Renowned Pediatric Surgeon

May 27, 2023 /

I promised a series of stories from those who have emerged from a Plain community with an eighth-grade education and went on to earn a college education. Today I begin that series with…

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