Torah Bontrager

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Torah Bontrager, raised Old Order Amish, grew up with no electricity and cars and speaks English as a second language. She literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, with only what she could carry: the clothes on her back and $170 in her pocket. She’s a writing mentor, the author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir), and the first, and so far only, Amish person to graduate from the Ivy League.

Torah is a recurring sexual assault survivor, a world traveler, a plane pilot, and the worst employee on the planet (luckily she figured out how to become a financially sustainable entrepreneur). Her story has been featured on MTV, Tim Ferriss’ blog, Forbes.com, and HuffPost.

Twenty-plus years after her daring escape, Torah is finally coming forward to share her story with the entire world. A story about a childhood that was so abusive that she had no choice but to figure out a way to leave or kill herself. . . .  A story about recurring rape over the course of a year, inflicted by the very uncles who had helped her escape and promised shelter and safety from her parents. . . . A story about living in fear, terrorized by threats of death if she ever reported the assaults. . . .  A fear that bought her silence for 13 long years. . . .  

Torah’s journey of growth and self-empowerment took her through nearly 30 countries, a 3-year break from college, and a philosophy degree for answers about why bad things happen to good people. In the process, she learned to take back her voice and feel safe again, despite C-PTSD (post-traumatic stress from childhood trauma), Stockholm syndrome, and attacks on her life. She had given up everything—family, security, community—in the hopes that one day her dreams might come true. 

Today Torah works with entrepreneurs and leaders to make the world and workplace lawsuit-free and safe for women, 33% of whom are sexual assault survivors. Through her writing workshops and webinars, she also helps individuals figure out how to uncover and share their traumatic stories, so they can be the change that they want to see in the world. Download FREE chapters (choice of 3 themes) at www.torahbontrager.com/Free-Chapters or her FREE guides “12 Ways to Make Women Feel Safe at Work” at www.TorahBontrager.com/12Ways or “The 12-Minute Writing Process” at www.TorahBontrager.com/12Min.

And she hosts an iTunes + YouTube podcast the Amish Entrepreneur Show, collecting 1,111 stories of sexual assault survivors—from all walks of life—for worldwide release. Most recently, she became the founder of The Amish Heritage Foundation, the first organization in the 300+ years of Amish history that advocates for Amish (and Anabaptist) people without a religious price tag, promotes compassionate secular values and nonsectarian harmony, and empowers those who leave the Church.

Through projects like these, the culture of ignoring sexual assault and women fearing for their safety and security is no longer possible. “The survivors of trauma do not have time for karma to come around,” Torah says. “We need justice now.

Self-care is key to Torah’s daily routine for remaining sane amidst the heavy work of trauma. She loves gardening and cooking and feeds herself and her parakeet babies a non-GMO diet.

  

Items in which Torah Bontrager participates

Thursday October 25, 2018

8:00 AM
8:00 AM
  • Experiencer's Group 2
  • Signup required
  • Crest II
  •  55 minutes
  • Workshop
    Experiencer's Group
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
  • Experiencer's Group 4
  • Signup required
  • Crest I
  •  55 minutes
  • Workshop
    Experiencer's Group

Friday October 26, 2018

8:00 AM
8:00 AM
  • Experiencer's Group 11
  • Signup required
  • Crest II
  •  55 minutes
  • Workshop
    Experiencer's Group
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
  • Experiencer's Group 13
  • Signup required
  • Crest I
  •  55 minutes
  • Workshop
    Experiencer's Group

Saturday October 27, 2018

8:00 AM
8:00 AM
  • Experiencer's Group 21
  • Signup required
  • Crest III
  •  55 minutes
  • Workshop
    Experiencer's Group
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
  • Experiencer's Group 22
  • Signup required
  • Crest I
  •  55 minutes
  • Workshop
    Experiencer's Group