the Amish Entrepreneur Show
making women safe, one story at a time
help us collect 1,111 sexual assault survivors’ stories
About the Podcast
the Amish Entrepreneur Show podcast is hosted by Torah Bontrager, an Ivy League-educated sexual assault survivor with C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress from childhood traumas). Her mandate is to collect 1,111 sexual assault survivors’ stories––from ALL walks of life––for worldwide release.
For Torah’s bio, click here.
Torah has been featured on MTV, Forbes, Tim Ferriss’ blog + the Huffington Post.
You can find her on social media and TorahBontrager.com and AmishHeritage.org, her nonprofit The Amish Heritage Foundation.
Appear on the ShowSelf-schedule a 20-min chat with Torah to explore the possibility of sharing your story on the podcast:
Anyone is welcome to apply.
Podcast GuestsWho Shared Their Traumatic Stories with Torah
on the Amish Entrepreneur Show
Amish Escapees Sovilla + Lucinda's Stories
Sovilla Coblentz + Lucinda Coblentz: Escaping the Amish as Young Female Teens, Wearing Lipstick
Sovilla and Lucinda talk about:
- Escaping the Amish as Young Female Teens
- Wearing Lipstick
- Seeking the Path of Personal Freedom
Writer + Author Molly's Story
S3E4 Molly Maeve: Her Story of Hollywood Sexual Abuse at Age 15 by Movie Producer James Toback
Molly, a C-PTSD survivor and ketamine advocate, is an award-winning investigative journalist and is on a mission to educate the public about complex PTS (post-traumatic stress), which most often stems from childhood sexual assault. PTS(D) is not just a veterans’ problem and she’d like to do for sexual assault survivors what the veterans’ community has done for themselves in terms of rectifying public perception, changing public policy, and organizing a supportive community of survivors.
Molly shares her story of having been groomed as an underage girl for victimization (sexual assault) by movie producer James Toback, who’s been accused of sexual assault by over 300 women but hasn’t been convicted for any of his crimes. Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are among Toback’s victims, but so far, Molly is the only minor to speak out about Toback and she hopes that more minors will come forward.
Art Historian Elise's Story
S3E3 Elise Trucks: Pondering “Mundane Sexual Assault” in the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo
Elise Trucks is the daughter of one of the members of legendary rock and roll band (The Allman Brothers Band), a Columbia University alumna, former professor, and art historian. Elise explains what she means by experiencing “mundane sexual assault” and how that plays out in the workplace and society in general.
She shares two stories of sexual assault, one which shines a positive light on men who intervened on her behalf.
Memoir Author Lindsay's Story
S3E9 Lindsay Gibson: An Angel Mom’s Journey to Just Be, Learning Surrender from Her Stillborn Son
Author, Speaker & Natural Mommy Blogger Lindsay Gibson shares her story about loss of innocence through rape, attempted murder, and the death of her baby. The loss of her child caused her to seek answers. That led her to include healing the body and becoming certified as a Trauma Yoga Instructor.
Today, her greatest desire is to help women who have experienced trauma and grief through loss to heal and become all that they are created to be: healthy, vibrant people.
Lindsay is the author of the memoir Just Be: How my Stillborn Son Taught Me to Surrender.
Author + Military Vet Sean's Story
S3E10 Sean Wyman: Letting Go: A Military Veteran’s 8-Step Trauma Recovery Process
Author, Trauma Recovery Speaker, Military Veteran & Radio Host Sean Wyman shares his story of overcoming childhood abuse (C-PTSD) and 30 years of barricaded hate. He believes it is inside of all of us to live the life we want to live.
Sean understands adversity very well. From an abusive childhood, contemplating murder at age 10, growing up in foster care and group homes, experimenting with drugs and getting addicted to cigarettes and alcohol at 13, a near death experience in the Army at 21, failing in his first marriage going $96,000 in debt by age 27, and failing miserably for his first years getting started in business.
Today, his work focuses on helping others who have experienced trauma by letting go through his 8-Step Movement Process.
Speedskater Bridie's Story
S3E11 Bridie Farrell: How to Binge Watch and Do Good: Tweet to Save a Child from Sexual Assault
Bridie Farrell is a former US National Speedskating Team Member and the founder of NY Loves Kids. When she was 15 years old, she was sexually abused by Andy Gabel, a 33-year-old and the #1 speedskater in the US at the time.
In this episode, Bridie and Torah talk about how difficult it is for adult victims or survivors to come forward, even celebrities who have teams of lawyers, assistants, and PR to help them with what to say. Child victims have no such backing, so it’s upon us adults to speak out on behalf of children everywhere.
Writer Philippe's Story
S3E1 Philippe Lewis: A Male Supporter Shares Insights From a Relationship with an Assault Victim
Philippe Lewis is a Love Coach, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Trained Somatica Practitioner, and Epic Event Producer. For the last 18 years, he has been exploring love, relationships, intimacy, sensuality and sexuality with individuals and communities through teaching, writing, coaching and events with the goal of growing men and women into better lovers and better humans.
He is a father, a lover, a partner, a husband, a teacher, a producer, a writer, a social artist, a coach, a counselor, and much more. He has a deep appreciation for people and life, and his deepest wish is to leave everyone a little bit better and a little bit more delighted wherever he goes.
Podcaster + Speaker Jo's Story
S3E6 Jo Beckwith: Life After Sexual Assault: Yes, We Survivors *Can* Laugh and Love Again
Jo Beckwith was raped by a pastor six years ago, and it devastated every part of her. Very fortunately, she was able to take her life back and live again. Now she spends her time trying to help other survivors find healing and a meaningful life after assault as well.
She cares passionately about helping survivors and supporters along their journey of recovery and as such, she created a YouTube channel called “Jo Beckwith – Let’s Talk Trauma” where she shares practical tips and tools to bring a light into the darkness.
2-Line BioAmish escapee, author, and sexual assault survivor Torah Bontrager works with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and leaders to make the world and workplace lawsuit-free and safe for women, 33% of whom are sexual assault survivors.
She’s the first––and so far, only––first-generation Amish person to graduate from an Ivy League school: Columbia University in New York City.
(and soon on audio)
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)”
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