When victims are able to speak out, they must be uplifted so that their voices can no longer be ignored by the Church. Then, instead of victims, they become survivors; and instead of martyrs, they become catalysts for change.
Out of all the children affected by Wisconsin v. Yoder, only one, Frieda Yoder, testified. In her testimony, she was only asked if her religion was the reason she did not go to school––not if she wanted to go to school despite her religion, or any question pertaining to her own wishes for her future.
What’s so wrong about the Amish? I thought to myself. Aren’t they just harmless farmers?
The US Supreme Court admits that the decision in Wisconsin v. Yoder could be used in a way that deprives children of any opportunity to build a life outside the Amish Church.