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“the Amish Entrepreneur Show with Torah Bontrager” is a weekly seasonal podcast on re-branding the Amish and establishing a new generation of Amish leaders so we can get heard and add our contribution to the world.  The way we explore and execute on this is by bringing on to the show leaders in all areas of industry who can advise us on how to evolve, specifically through the vehicles of entrepreneurship and academia.  
The theme of last season, the pilot run, was turning tragedies into triumphs.  This season's theme is branding and education.  
What everyone on this show has in common is a story of trauma, hardship, or other challenges.  And last but not least, the underlying silent goal is to collect 1,111 stories of trauma, 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.

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.)