The UnBoxing Project: Cynthia Jeub’s story

I introduced Racquel and Ashley to my friend Cynthia Jeub shortly before they left the church. Here is her perspective. Mouth shut like a locket Like you've nothing to say Speak your mind up, Come on, baby, free yourself… Don't let nobody try and take your soul You're the original. -Switchfoot I met Racquel over the … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Cynthia Jeub’s story

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The UnBoxing Project: Ashley’s story

This is Ashley's story. Content note: victim-blaming, religious manipulation. Do you know what it's like when You're scared to see yourself? Do you know what it's like when You wish it were someone else Who didn't need your help to get by? Do you know what it's like To wanna surrender? I don't wanna feel … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Ashley’s story

The UnBoxing Project: Defecting from a cult

Liz helped our network assist Racquel and Ashley. Here is her perspective. Nearly two years ago, I received text messages from Eleanor about a friendship between two girls that had been recently forbidden by their religious leader. I was asked to attempt to sneak a cheap TracFone to one of the girls at her school … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Defecting from a cult

The UnBoxing Project: Racquel’s story

This is Racquel's story. Content warning: forced starvation, religious manipulation. Somehow I never imagined the inner peace and joy I felt as a 5 year old girl after being filled with the Holy Ghost would disgust and scare me. I am writing this because I believe my voice should be heard. I hope that by … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Racquel’s story

The UnBoxing Project: The trouble with freeing people

Continued from Being an angel with a shotgun. "Eleanor, does your church teach the doctrine of pastoral authority?" my friend Racquel asked. She was waiting with me in the classroom for my Organic Chemistry review session to start. "What is that exactly?" Racquel attended an apostolic Pentecostal church in Colorado Springs that taught a person … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: The trouble with freeing people