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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).

Jul 1, 2017

Mary Byler is one of less than a dozen cases [we're still fact-checking this number] of Amish sexual assault on public record. The focus of our conversation is on not so much the details of Mary's heinous ordeals but on the effects of sexual assault 13 years later and the one simple thing anyone and everyone can do that will help a victim-survivor more than you'll ever know.

Watch, listen, and be inspired by a truly powerful woman who has been through the fires of hell a million times over.

This episode opens with a special introduction by Torah on the new vision and mission of this show based on the feedback we got from the pilot run (Season 1, originally titled Turning Tragedies into Triumphs). 



1.  Mary's story aired on ABC's 20/20 in December of 2004.  Read "Sexual Abuse Within the Amish Community" at

2.  Help Mary choose a tattoo for her arm to cover the scars from childhood violence.  Message/comment on her Facebook page:  @Mary.A.Byler




  • What makes Mary get up in the mornings



1. Find Mary:

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More coming soon!


(NOTE:  Season 1, the pilot run, was titled Turning Tragedies into Triumphs.)