Torah’s story has been featured:
“We were stunned into silence.”
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I was raised Amish and literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15.
I talk about stuff through my personal story.
30-State Summer Tour
Meet me on the road to overturn Wisconsin v. Yoder
These topics are delivered through my personal story or the work I do through The Amish Heritage Foundation.
If there’s a different subject you’d like me to speak on, I’d love to explore those possibilities with you. Just get in touch with me.
Overturning Wisconsin v. Yoder
Through the Amish Heritage Foundation, I’m attempting to overturn Wisconsin v. Yoder, the 1972 Supreme Court case that denies Amish children––and consequently all children in the US and Native/indigenous lands––an education beyond the eighth grade.
Learn why Yoder violates a child’s Constitutional right to a quality education.
An Amish Spring: The Rise of a New Leadership
Peter Buffet says that he, like his father Warren, invests in undervalued assets. For Peter, those assets are women and girls. I agree.
Women are standing up in every sector of society in the MeToo age. However, for the entire length of our 300+ years of history, there hasn’t been a single female in a leadership position among my Amish people, neither inside nor outside the Church.
Sexual Assault Survivor
Advocacy + Cultural Awareness
I wrote an 8-Step Guide to help survivor advocates better support Amish victims. The Amish Heritage Foundation (the nonprofit I founded) is LGBTQ+ welcoming and provides cultural awareness training for sexual assault survivor advocates, law enforcement, and attorneys.
Through AHF, I also created the SNAP Amish chapter and hold monthly, free online sexual assault survivor support meetings.
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Raised Amish, author Torah Bontrager literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, graduated from Columbia University, and founded The Amish Heritage Foundation.
AHF advocates for Amish children and women and is attempting to overturn Wisconsin v. Yoder.
(and soon on audio)
Download your Free Guide. . . .8 Steps to Support an Amish Female Survivor
Making the world safer for Amish women and children.
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Torah's story has been featured here:
1. Tim Ferriss' blog. Interview by New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek, etc. "Escaping the Amish (Parts 1 & 2)"
2. The Huffington Post. "Survivor Speaks Out Against Amish Rape Culture Ahead Of Sentencing"
4. MTV’s award-winning True Life documentary series. Episode “I’m Ex Amish”.
MTV’s True Life. “I’m Ex Amish” update (my story made the BRAVE category for the entire span of True Life’s 16-year history at the time). Video Clip
5. Unconventional Life Podcast by Jules Schroeder. Hosted on the Forbes Under 30 Channel. Episode 34: From Amish-Escapee to Author: How to Powerfully Leverage Your Personal Story