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New Film Documents Teen's 'Kidnapping', Rescue from 'Ex-Gay' Evangelical Christian Reform School: VIDEO


A new film, Kidnapped for Christ, exposes the "troubled teen industry" in which youth are mistreated and families seeking help for their children are exploited by Evangelical groups like 'Escuela Caribe' an Evangelical Christian reform school located in The Dominican Republic which offers "ex-gay" reparative therapy through psychological and physical abuse.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

KidnappedKidnapped for Christ follows several stories including that of David, a gay teen, who was rescued from the camp by people in his community who discovered that he was being held there illegally past the age of 18.

The filmmakers write:

The film centers on the story of David, a straight-A student from Colorado who was sent to Escuela Caribe in May of 2006 after coming out to his parents as gay. Like many others, David was taken in the night without warning by a “transport service” and was never told where he was going or when he would be brought back home. While at Escuela Caribe, David had no way of communicating with any of his friends or family back home until the filmmakers arrived and he decided to ask them if they would smuggle out a letter that he had secretly written to his best friend. Once word got back to David’s community about what had happened to him, many people sprung to action and formed a plan to get him released. Getting David out of this school, however, turned out to be a much more difficult task than anyone had thought, and the trials they went through to get David released revealed just how far Escuela Caribe would go to prevent a student from leaving.
David was not the only student whose life was impacted by the school’s severe approach to discipline. The filmmakers followed many other students who also experienced degrading punishments and who struggled to understand what was happening to them.

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  1. Oh look, another story of Christians and their everlasting Godly love in action.

    Glad to read this young man was rescued. Hopefully all of the children forced into this disgusting program aren't completely broken beyond repair as a result of the abuse.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 6, 2012 10:21:46 AM

  2. How anyone could even claim that this is love is beyond belief.

    Posted by: Mickey | Feb 6, 2012 10:25:53 AM

  3. This disturbs me so much that I want to vomit.

    Posted by: luminum | Feb 6, 2012 10:26:03 AM

  4. Do we know when this movie is released?

    Posted by: rexguy | Feb 6, 2012 10:46:09 AM

  5. How this is legal, even overseas, is beyond me. How anyone could do this to their child is even more sickening.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 6, 2012 10:47:55 AM

  6. How is something like this even legal? A people taken in the middle of the night without their consent is kidnapping in my book, regardless of whether their parents gave their consent or not.

    Posted by: KP | Feb 6, 2012 10:48:30 AM

  7. I would like to hope that when any victim like this finally reaches legal age that they obtain a lawyer and sue his parents as well as the church and those involved in his kidnapping and abduction. And sue for millions. If you're going to be forced into such slavery then you might as well be paid handsomely for the criminal act.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Feb 6, 2012 10:52:36 AM

  8. This cultural/orientation war we're in with fundamentalist Christians really is a war. It takes hostages. Where is Camp Force for wingnuts? An extermination camp with no hostages!

    There's a delicious scify film here. Get a roundtable of writers and it will tumble out like white water.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 6, 2012 11:06:49 AM

  9. Imagine a plotline with punishment for Maggie Gallager and Rick Santorum. We'd get to see it! Revenge is sweet, so sweet that now, oh God I'll be thinking about this all day.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 6, 2012 11:13:10 AM

  10. Put the gays to work.. hard labor style.. That will turn them straight... This place needs to be investigated right now...!

    Posted by: Allen Zbranek | Feb 6, 2012 11:14:12 AM

  11. this is heartbreaking. How could a parent do this? I swear, I wanna start a reform school for idiot parents. Or a big camp for the kids that are so unloved and reviled by their sheep-like parents.

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Feb 6, 2012 11:21:44 AM

  12. @Uffda: but what could they do? Make them thinner or smarter? Both seem like impossible tasks. Some people are just destined to be awful.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 6, 2012 11:29:49 AM

  13. OK so it's a Road Warrior setting with Ehrenstein the Get's Even queen in the tower overlooking the reprocessing camp for evangelicals. LITTLE KIWI walks around in tall stockings with a whip and I get to be the Examiner Physician who close quizzes new captives and then removes the goddamaged areas of their brains.

    Tell us who you want to be.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 6, 2012 11:30:20 AM

  14. Do they have ties to the us? I mean sites here?
    WOW just wow

    Posted by: George M | Feb 6, 2012 11:47:26 AM

  15. That's just one of hundreds of such camps, thought it was one of the most notorious and harshest ones. But similar psychological and physical torture is standard in these "troubled teens" camps.

    You can find plenty of horror stories with Google. A while ago a lesbian posted a report on Reddit about the time she was held in such a prison in the US for example

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2012 11:57:27 AM

  16. And my parents wonder why I'm such a misanthrope.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 6, 2012 12:14:01 PM

  17. Okay, so is anyone at Lambda Legal looking into this?

    Posted by: BGKev | Feb 6, 2012 12:17:44 PM

  18. http://littlekiwilovesbauhaus.blogspot.com/2011/06/ex-gay-confessionsliesapologies.html

    each case is exactly the same. lgbt people born into families that make it explicitly clear that they will withhold and deny love and affection and understanding to the lgbt member.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 6, 2012 12:23:13 PM

  19. This place actually let in a film crew, and allowed them to conduct interviews?? I won't judge a film by its trailer...but for the moment, something about this doesn't exactly pass the smell test.

    That said, the charges alleged here are truly horrifying.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 6, 2012 12:34:35 PM

  20. I went to school with Julia (the blonde author featured in the trailer) I knew her family and was shocked to read her book. JESUS LAND is an amazing and heart wrenching story. To think all of this is done in the name of God is deplorable.

    Posted by: Shane | Feb 6, 2012 1:04:01 PM

  21. @Andrew:
    This is nothing new. This camp is notorious and well-known even among similar camps. If you search the internet about the "troubled teen" industry you will find plenty of similar horror stories of abuse. There are entire websites dedicated to it

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2012 1:17:23 PM

  22. Rich folks.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 6, 2012 2:05:19 PM

  23. "This place actually let in a film crew, and allowed them to conduct interviews??"

    Yes, first you do the interviews where you appear to be interested in the "good work" they do.

    It's Documentary Film Techniques 101.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 6, 2012 2:44:44 PM

  24. Thanks, Andy, for posting this.

    Posted by: David in Long Beach | Feb 6, 2012 2:44:57 PM

  25. Alright, where do I start? If you read this and you know people under 18 years of age, pass this on to them. First of all, just because they are under age, doesn't mean that they don't have rights. These kids can and do have the right to have their parents arrested and sent to jail. Kidnapping, conspiracy to commit a kidnapping, a Class A Felony and punishable to 15 to 30 years in prison. also, if they are taken across the state boarder, then the FBI get involved. Secondly, they have the right to sue their parents and the group that is sponsoring this therapy, for violation of civil rights. Once these parents find out that, not only can they be arrested and sued, but should be arrested and sued, they will change their tatics. Things like this just piss me off, because we don't educate our children enough. Parents of LGBT kids should start thinking about what's best for their children instead of the parents reputations and what other people will think about them for having a LGBT child. We are all different in one way or another, get over it!

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 6, 2012 6:35:56 PM

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