The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Cynthia’s thoughts)

Here are Cynthia's concluding thoughts. Rescuing people from cults is not an item to check off of a to-do list. It's a process. While we worked together on the Unboxing Project, we learned this through our own exhausted time and money. We didn't just need to free people from church attendance and their abusive, controlling … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Cynthia’s thoughts)

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The UnBoxing Project: Self-care during activism

Cynthia Barram was the first friend I met in college who helped me start my own moving out process before helping the others. Here's her perspective. Lesson Number One: You can't help anyone else if you don't take care of yourself. When several homeschool girls came to me, oppressed by churches and controlling parents, I … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Self-care during activism

The UnBoxing Project: Homeschool, the perfect hiding place

I met Shelby while working for the student newspaper, and she mentioned that the homeschooling population seemed to be understudied in academic literature. Here is her perspective. I, personally, have come into contact with a handful of homeschooling experiences in my lifetime. I had three friends who had been homeschooled, two of whom entered semi-public … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Homeschool, the perfect hiding place

The UnBoxing Project: Gissel’s story

In July 2014, Ashley came over to my apartment to visit one Saturday morning. Then Ashley got a text message from Gissel, one of her friends from the Pentecostal church she'd left six months ago. "Hey, can you come pick me up? My dad kinda went crazy and kicked me out. I dont have anywhere … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Gissel’s story

The UnBoxing Project: Options, not ultimatums

Aaron and the rest of us moved Ashley out of her parents' house. This is his perspective. It's hard when someone you care about is stuck in an abusive environment. It's worse when you feel like you could and should be helping them to get out of said abusive environment. Unfortunately, that's often not up … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Options, not ultimatums