Written Testimonials2021-08-02T07:51:46-07:00

WRITTEN TESTIMONIALS

Solis’ Story

My CEDU Experience I was ordered to CEDU at a young 15 years old by a Santa Barbara County family judge. Upon arriving, I was isolated from everyone I knew and loved, including my family. I was kept isolated from all things and people in the world; as isolation is the first step in brainwashing. I was thoroughly brainwashed by the end. The additional abuse and torture I experienced were physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual. I experienced this abuse from both the adults and by my peers as we were forced to do these things to each other as ...

Anonymous Story

Only a few weeks before I turned 13, I was flown to Lake House Academy in North Carolina. I have to admit that I was excited. I thought I was going to finally get the therapy, support, and education environment I needed to work through my depression and anxiety. My parents hugged me goodbye and I was on my own. The first abusive tactic I endured at LHA was starvation. There was barely any food on our plates, sometimes as little as a spoonful full of brown rice and a piece of broccoli. No sugar, not even fruit, was ...

Crina’s Story

For the sake of the story, my name is Crina. I came to AAG (which was what students called Asheville Academy for Girls) at 13. I came straight from Trails Carolina - another program which I could write an entirely separate entry. I came in enthusiastic about going to a school after those months in the freezing cold. It almost seemed like a paradise beforehand, especially considering the state of my home life. I find it ironic that I thought it would be paradise as the word paradise is derived from a Persian word meaning "walled garden." That is ...

Abigail’s Story

I was placed in Fox Run Center for Children and Adolescents in November of 2020 following a suicide attempt. I had been suffering severe mental health issues for years and after trying to take my life for the fourth time, it was determined that I could not be safe at home. I had tried every outpatient program and had been hospitalized multiple times and we had run out of options as a family. We had heard horror stories of residentials of the years of being in hospitals so did everything we could to avoid putting me in one. When ...

Mathew’s Story

#BreakingCodeSilence "treatment center for kids" - Let me share my story about that. My name is Mathew. I'm now 23 years old. Growing up, I was in and out of group homes and treatment centers. When I was 14 years old, I was held hostage in my classroom by my teacher.  It was 3pm - time to go. As I was trying to leave, my teacher pulled me and cornered me in. DCS then came in with my great grandmother. I was like, "what the fuck is happening?" The SRO  officer put me in the back of the squad ...

August 6, 2021|Tags: , , |

Raina’s Program Story

When I was 11, I told my mother that my sister's dad had been coming to my bed for two years. It had started with a home visit when I was 9 on Thanksgiving. I told her that when I slipped into her bed with "bad dreams," it was not true. We were on the way to a women's shelter because he had hit her when I shared this with her. He had hit us all the time as well as drugging us with cough syrup in our root beer floats that he made with diet Pepsi. When I ...

August 4, 2021|Tags: |

Laura’s Story

I want to preface this story by saying that I recognize that I am not blameless in this and I take responsibility. I have stolen, I have lied, I have hurt my family, and I will carry the guilt of those actions with me for the rest of my life. When I was 16 years old, I lived alone with a mentally ill parent, and our dynamic was very dysfunctional. On top of that, I was struggling with an eating disorder. My mom and I made the mutual decision that I would enter residential treatment for my eating disorder. ...

August 2, 2021|Tags: |
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