I was never planning on sharing this here, but in light of the media finally realizing what is happening behind the scenes, I feel that I need to speak up. I’m not sharing for any other reason other than with the hopes that by me sharing, this situation gets the attention and awareness it deserves and is long overdue. There are teens and adolescence still in this situation every single day, and if I don’t speak up, I’m failing them, and also failing my thirteen year old self. My name is Janina, and I am breaking code silence.
Recently, I stumbled across Paris Hilton’s brand new documentary called This is Paris. For thirteen years, I’ve been waiting for someone to break the silence on a dark secret that is happening right now. I never thought it would be parishilton to be the one to shed light on this matter, and that just goes to show that you never know what someone else has had to stare in the eye. I’ve been waiting for someone to give a shit about this matter. Chances are, you personally know someone who is a survivor of the Troubled Teen Industry in the US. I never planned to tell my story, and I don’t know that I ever will. But I do want to seize this moment, because for too long, it has seized me.
On April 27, 2007, my life changed forever. They say when faced with fight, flight, or freeze, you never know which one you’ll really choose until it comes knocking on your door. I’m speaking up because someone else has paved the way for me to have the courage to, and so I share in hopes that it helps set someone else free that has gone through this too, and brings awareness to this dark industry that continues to traumatize and destroy vulnerable youth and parents across the nation. “Trauma casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.”
Every night, adolescence are abducted from their homes from their beds by strangers in their sleep, restrained with excessive force, and taken against their will with very little explanation. This triggers the fight or flight response, and it is just the beginning. They’re sent to private boarding schools labeled as “Wilderness Programs” and ”Behavior Modification Programs”. They are monitored by (cont) ...