Torah Bontrager

Torah Bontrager (BON-tray-grrrr), raised Old Order Amish, grew up with no electricity and cars and speaks English as a second language. She literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, with only what she could carry: the clothes on her back and $170 in her pocket. She’s the author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir) and the first, and so far only, Amish person to graduate from the Ivy League. Her story’s been featured on MTV, Tim Ferriss’ blog,, and HuffPost, among other outlets. She’s dedicated the remainder of her life to ending rape culture, starting with her Amish people. Torah believes [...]