Abuse within secret society is known to be common. The Amish are by no means immune from this. As a community, the Amish are extremely reluctant to converse with the outside world. Abuse within Amish Culture falls under the name of discipline. What may be most shocking is how far abuse and forgiveness can go still under the name of discipline. Amish are told how to live most aspects of their life. They are taught how to dress, wear their hair, even to include what color inside their homes should be. They are taught about forgiveness, even to forgive acts of adultery, rape, or even murder. It seems almost any sin is forgivable, except the ultimate sin: leaving Amish culture. David and Fran Yoder committed the unforgivable sin.
"We would just be happy to continue on and we would like to fellowship with him and bring (him) to church and move on in spirit and grow that way. That's why we want him home," The family of Chris Mullet, a 28 year old man who was charged with rape of a young girl, said a similar statement about his trial. of rape in Amish community is far beyond average American culture. It seems as though a person faces complete rejection in society if named a sexual predator.
As if rape wasn't bad enough, even cases of murder have been covered up within Amish Community. David Yoder claimed that his sister even confessed to the murder of his niece. Yoder explained that authorities response to the confession was "This can never leave this room. It has to remain this way for the betterment of community."
How ironic that the Amish are able to forgive acts such as rape and murder so easily but are unable to forgive those who wish to experience a life away from Amish community?