In 2017, I came forward publicly about sexual abuse and financial exploitation by a lead instructor, and then nine other women came forward with similar reports. Speaking with community members and these women, I learned that some NTA employees were previously aware of this instructor’s misconduct years prior, and yet no adequate action was taken to protect women. This instructor was fired after investigation in 2018.
Later, I learned that the administration didn’t reveal a sudden and critical change of leadership, and didn’t disclose a recent investigation into reports of sexual harassment by NTA’s founder. Because it was not shared with the community, other women who may have been impacted did not have the opportunity to participate in this investigation. I wrote an open letter with the intention of making my community aware of these events. I followed up with an open letter to NTA’s founder about my disappointment in his leadership.
Astronomer Carl Sagan said, “What can be destroyed by the truth deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” In my life, truth has dissolved relationships and a business… and I’m grateful for it, because that opened the doors for healing and a stronger foundation.
Truth is the only thing that’s going to heal NTA as a community and a business, and allow this company to do even more healing in the world. I believe the company is capable of that, and capable of profound change.
But I left NTA because I didn’t see this company share my commitment to truth, and therefore my commitment to healing.
One of the most loving thing you can do in a relationship with a partner, sibling, friend, child, or business connection is to say, “I love you enough to create a boundary for myself, and thereby provide a consequence for your inappropriate behavior. I will no longer enable your ambivalence/self-harm/addiction/cheating/lying/etc.”
I used to think self-sacrifice and silence was love. Now I know: the truth is always love.
That’s why I’ve shared the truth about, and within, NTA.