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“Turning Tragedies into Triumphs:  Stories & Conversations with Torah Bontrager” is a weekly podcast that features amazing and courageous individuals who have come forward to share their stories with the world.  The conversations between two fellow survivors take place over a virtual dining room table in a safe, judgment-free zone where we not only learn about accounts often never publicly disclosed before, but we also learn a little bit more about Torah along the way.

A companion show to her memoir An Amish Girl in Manhattan, Torah created the podcast to emphasize that trauma (of all colors, shapes, and sizes-- not only sexual) knows no boundaries and that her story of repeat sexual assault, abandonment, parental rejection, identity crises, disastrously failed romantic relationships and trust issues are heartbreakingly universal in our national and global cultures. 

Watch the episodes to be inspired and to know that you're not alone and that you don’t have to be extraordinary to be Extraordinary.  New episodes air each Wednesday. 

Please ask us questions and leave comments.  We will read all of them.  We want this to be an interactive show and build a strong community of support both online and offline.  Every four or five episodes, we will do a special "Question and Answer" segment where we pick from what's been submitted.  The more you comment/ask, the higher your chances of getting answered via the special. 

INVITATION CALL:  If you would like to share your story with the world, please contact us at www.TorahBontrager.com/contact.  No story is insignificant.  The seemingly smallest things that happened to us as children can have a lifetime negative impact if left unaddressed.  This podcast and community is designed for you to feel safe, speak out in your own words and experience non-judgment and unconditional love from a human-hood of strong women, men and other/no-genders.

Apr 20, 2017

Brian Young is a filmmaker and MFA Writing for Fiction candidate at Columbia University, speaks fluent Navajo, and is currently writing a novel based on his native Navajo culture.  He’s also the editor for this podcast.  Brian breaks down his introduction in Part 1 to barely a very brief of even a glimpse...


Apr 20, 2017

Jeselle Hadley-Bacon is a chef, clean foods advocate and sexual abuse survivor.  Jeselle shares the story of the first time that she disclosed her sexual assault to a group of Amish women in a confidential setting.  That confidentiality was violated by one of the women, a daughter of the bishop Ben Girod. ...



Apr 13, 2017

Jeselle Hadley-Bacon is a chef, clean foods advocate and sexual abuse survivor.  She is one of the rare converts into the Amish church—but has since left—and was part of a horse-and-buggy Mennonite community before joining the Old Order Amish.  Jeselle moved to the Ovid, MI Amish community shortly after...


Apr 13, 2017

Jeselle Hadley-Bacon is a chef, clean foods advocate and sexual abuse survivor.  She is one of the rare converts into the Amish church—but has since left—and was part of a horse-and-buggy Mennonite community before joining the Old Order Amish.  As a lonely homeschooled teenager from a big hippie-ish family,...