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

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

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