One of the most maddening things about being a product of the dysfunctional family with means complex is knowing that the abuse is still happening. That despite the Congressional reports, despite books like Julia Scheeres’ Jesus Land, or Maia Szalavitz’s Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, or Kate Logan’s documentary(…)
I thought I was going to a Christian boarding school. Instead I entered a two year nightmare where I lost all rights. Staff and fellow students watched every gesture, monitoring my “progress” on a daily point sheet.
There was no way to tell anyone how we were beaten, how some were molested, put into solitary confinement, etc. All letters were censored. All phone calls were scheduled, supervised, taped.
Over time, I assimilated, becoming a high ranker, the person I had promised myself I would never be. Eventually I graduated and made my escape, gradually creating the life I never dared dream I could achieve. Not everyone was as fortunate as me.
Unreformed seeks to open the eyes of America to the consequences of imprisoning our youth in teen treatment facilities, providing a human face to the statistics, a cultural context to the numbers, psychological insight into the practice, propelled by the memories of what happened to my friends and myself.
Some died. Most survived. We all changed. This is our story.