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Join your host, Eric Skwarczynski, as he sits down with brave survivors who are shedding light on decades of physical, mental, and sexual abuse within the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement.

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Join your host, Eric Skwarczynski, as he sits down with brave survivors who are shedding light on decades of physical, mental, and sexual abuse within the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement.

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    307: Escaping Christian Patriarchy | Cait West

    307: Escaping Christian Patriarchy | Cait West

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    Raised in the Christian patriarchy movement, Cait West was homeschooled and could only wear clothes her father deemed modest. She was five years old the first time she was told her swimsuit was too revealing and to go change. There would be no college in her future, no career. She was a stay-at-home daughter and would move out only when her father allowed her to become a wife. She was trained to serve men, and her life would never be hers.
    Until she escaped.
    In her gripping memoir, Rift, Cait West tells a harrowing story of chaos and control hidden beneath the facade of a happy family. Weaving together lyrical meditations on the geology of the places her family lived with her story of spiritual and emotional manipulation as a stay-at-home daughter, Cait creates a stirring portrait of one young woman's growing awareness that she is experiencing abuse. With the ground shifting beneath her feet, Cait mustered the courage to break free from all she had ever known and choose a future of her own.
    Rift is a story of survival. It's also a story about what happens after you survive. With compassion and clarity, Cait explores the complex legacy of patriarchal religious trauma in her life, including the ways she has also been complicit in systems of oppression. A remarkable literary debut, Rift offers an essential personal perspective on the fraught legacy of purity culture and recent reckonings with abuse in Christian communities.

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    • 57 min
    306: Avoiding The Cult of Trauma | Joe Nucci

    306: Avoiding The Cult of Trauma | Joe Nucci

    Joe Nucci is a psychotherapist and writer whose content contextualizes mental health misinformation, pop-psychology facts and fallacies, and culturally misconstrued ideas. Joe’s debut book will be released in 2025. 

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    • 50 min
    305: Surviving the Troubled Teen Industry and Becoming Unsilenced | Meg Applegate

    305: Surviving the Troubled Teen Industry and Becoming Unsilenced | Meg Applegate

    On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Meg Applegate, the CEO of Unsilenced Project Inc., a non-profit on a mission to stop institutional child abuse by empowering self-advocates to promote lasting social change.

    At the age of 15, Meg was abducted by two strangers in the middle of the night from her California home and was told that “she was coming with them.” 8 hours later, she found herself at a lockdown treatment facility in Boise, Idaho. Then, 6 months later, she found herself in an additional behavioral modification program in northern Montana, where she spent the next 3 years.

    After graduating college with a degree in psychology, completely oblivious to the abuse she had experienced, Meg spent the next 17 years dedicating her life to serving on various non-profit boards to help them with board development and recruitment and expanding their programs to further their impact. It wasn’t until she was well into her non-profit career that she woke up to the abuse and brainwashing that plagued her childhood and the effect it had on her entire adulthood. It was then that she became determined to pair her love of giving back and helping those in need with her dedication to empowering other survivors of institutional abuse.

    Meg brings to Unsilenced an extensive background in non-profit management, board development, and fund development. She is currently the Vice President, Trustee, and Managing Director at the Gochnauer Foundation. In addition, she is actively involved with and serves on the Board of Directors at Laura’s House in Aliso Viejo, CA, and The Shea Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. When she doesn’t find herself fully immersed in new ideas for fundraising and development, Meg loves traveling to see new places with her husband and 4 children.

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    • 54 min
    304: Therapist Reacts to John MacArthur's Take on PTSD, ADHD, and OCD

    304: Therapist Reacts to John MacArthur's Take on PTSD, ADHD, and OCD

    Joe Nucci is a psychotherapist with thousands of hours of experience working with psychological and personal development issues. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, complex trauma, couples, families, and adult children of dysfunctional families.

    I wanted to share this 8-minute sneak peek of our full interview – which will be released on May 12, 2024.

    In this clip, Joe reacts to a clip from megachurch pastor John MacArthur in which he said PTSD, ADHD, and OCD are not real but rather “noble lies.”

    Joe gives a thoughtful, informed response that should help listeners understand how to deal with mental health misinformation. Please have a listen, and be sure to check out the full episode when it becomes available.

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    • 9 min
    303: Why I SHUT DOWN the Preacher Boys Facebook Group for Two Weeks

    303: Why I SHUT DOWN the Preacher Boys Facebook Group for Two Weeks

    In today's episode, I discuss why I shut down the Preacher Boys Facebook group for two weeks and what I hope changes.

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    • 17 min
    302: Getting Educated About Abuse | Ashley Easter

    302: Getting Educated About Abuse | Ashley Easter

    Ashley Easter is a passionate advocate committed to guiding individuals toward liberation and empowerment. With an unwavering dedication to helping others break free from abuse and oppression, Ashley channels her energy into creating a space where individuals can unlock their full potential.

    Driven by a profound belief in the possibility of a life beyond trauma, Ashley's mission is to provide resources and support for those navigating the journey from victimhood to empowerment. Whether you're a seasoned advocate for social justice or someone emerging from a toxic environment seeking guidance, Ashley welcomes you to her corner of the universe.

    Drawing from personal experience and witnessing countless transformations, Ashley firmly believes in the power of healing and self-empowerment. She embodies the conviction that a fulfilling life after abuse is not only attainable but a birthright for all.

    For those ready to shed the shackles of limiting beliefs and reclaim their autonomy, Ashley offers a roadmap to liberation. Through her guidance, individuals are encouraged to challenge societal norms, embrace their worthiness, and embark on a journey toward freedom, happiness, and love.

    With a deep-seated belief in each individual's inherent value and potential, Ashley encourages her audience to recognize their divine purpose in healing themselves and inspiring others. She champions the idea that despite past conditioning, everyone possesses unique gifts to share with the world and infinite growth opportunities.

    As you embark on this transformative journey with Ashley, prepare to arm yourself with the tools, strategies, and techniques needed to elevate every aspect of your life. The path to liberation awaits, and Ashley Easter is here to guide you every step of the way.

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658 Ratings

658 Ratings

Bookgasm ,

Shining a Light

Podcasts such as this one shine such an important light on the hypocrisy and toxicity of high-demand religions and sects like the IFB. Bravo, and keep up the good work.

brookiecookie2001 ,

Telling the truth with love in order to help with healing

I’ve been listening to this pod since 2020. I felt like I was alone with my religious experiences. On my own, I was trying to find some sort of healing for my religious trauma and the abuse that was facilitated and encouraged by the doctrine being taught in IFB and in the general evangelical Christian world. When I heard familiar names of preachers that I had encountered and heard hard evidence and testimonies of survivors I knew in my heart that I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t the only one and that my concerns were 100% valid. Throughout my time being a listener and apart of the Facebook group, I’ve had my ups and downs through out my journey. I didn’t realize how steeped I was in religious dogma and that the chains of religious oppression and abuse were still on my wrists and that I have been carrying them around even years after leaving church life. I was like a Christian refugee. I didn’t fit in anywhere. Now I know why. Truth isn’t welcome where protecting lies is the top priority and order of the day. Thank you for giving survivors a voice. Thank you for helping us find one another so we can have a support group. Thank you for platforming people like Ashley Easter and Courage 365. That free support group and resources literally saved my life. You all saved my life. I am so proud of all of you. Thank you Eric for your kindness, boldness, bravery, discernment, compassion, and undying quest to uncover the lies and help educate people so they can protect themselves and their children. I am so thankful for you and all your hard work and being honest about your personal faith journey. I know that was a challenge for you to be public about that and got back lash but seeing your example of being honest no matter what has helped me find freedom in my own life. I hope that I can follow your example of bravery and truth telling. Much love to you. Keep up the good work.

That other other girl ,

Former First Baptist attendee

Amen preacher, amen. As an individual raised as fem in First Baptist Church of Hammond, I know first hand how toxic and dehumanizing IFB can be for all, not just women. I remember how frowned upon speaking up in service was for women ( this knowledge came to me as a four year old). I say amen to not just voice my agreement for everything you’ve done for those leaving IFB, but to acknowledge how much work you’ve don’t to help us realize or reclaim our voice. Thank you for providing a platform for women. Thank you for giving us the space and power to feel like we can say “amen.”

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