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“the Amish Entrepreneur Show with Torah Bontrager” is a weekly seasonal podcast that connects trauma/sexual assault survivors with amazing entrepreneurs who are making the world safer and aren't afraid to talk about their challenges/traumas in business and life.

My ultimate goal is to collect 1,111 stories of specifically sexual assault. I believe that that number of voices speaking out is all that is needed to permanently drastically reduce the rate of sexual assault worldwide. And I believe that entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned and equipped to teach/inspire survivors to become financially self-empowered and free themselves from the 9-5 job-therapy-rent cycle that prevents them from capitalizing on their talents and skills.

Simultaneously, the show is about re-branding the Amish and establishing a new generation of Amish leaders so we can get heard and add our contribution to the world. We're taking back control of our narrative that is negatively exploited and butchered by mainstream media and so-called experts on the Amish (who are neither expert nor Amish).

Apr 27, 2017

Sarah Alexis is an interior and set designer and a sexual abuse survivor.  She reads a short poem for us that she wrote as a way to express what happened to her and to help release the trauma stored in her body.  This 1-minute episode is audio-only with subtitles and set to beautiful cherry blossoms and flowers.  We...


Apr 27, 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 addresses the shocking rates of suicide and depression within the Native...


Apr 27, 2017

Erika W. is a weight and wellness coach and a very recent sexual abuse survivor.  She shares her story on film for the first time.  It just so turns out that this is Torah’s very first time to release her story on film, too, so we are seeing a dual debut.  PLEASE watch Part 2 (a special release tomorrow) for Erika and...


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 of “Native...


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.  Girod then...