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)

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: 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

Why did you call it the UnBoxing Project?

Right after I moved out of my restrictive household, several others came to me, and I'd provided emotional support or physically helped them to move out. I'd alert the same network of friends who supported me, enlisting their aid. My friend Cynthia Barram, who also happens to be African-American, started calling it "Eleanor's Underground Railroad." … Continue reading Why did you call it the UnBoxing Project?