Assembly Kids Tell Their Own Stories
An anonymous "Assembly kid" wrote a very angry essay in the form of a fictionalized dream. She says, "Let me open it up and listen in and scoop out the dark."
Anonymous from Tuscola recounts a childhood of incest in the Tuscola Assembly. It was known to the leadership but ineffectively dealt with.
Kevin W. says, "I was a boy without a man in the home and was an easy victim."
Mary W., at age 17, wrote a moving poem about her deliverance from the Assembly in Omaha.
Scott McC. posted a poignant description on the Assembly bulletin board of what it was like to be an Assembly kid in Tuscola.
Brent T. collected a number of responses about teen's experiences at Teen Conferences and Teen Teams.
Anonymous AK who grew up in a Midwest Assembly recounts how she began questioning and thinking critically about the Assembly when she was in high school.
Jason Farlow grew up in the Tuscola Assembly in the '70s and 80's. He tells the story of what it was like as a child, and how it has affected him as an adult. Jason describes how he developed a double life to deal with impossible Assembly standards.
Paths, a poem by an anonymous 2nd gen adult about the difficulty of making decisions.
Rachel (Geftakys) wrote a detailed account of her horrific escape as a teenager. Part 4 describes the "child-training" David inflicted on her.
In 2014 Elizabeth (Geftakys) wrote a memoir Girl at the End of the World, about growing up as Tim's daughter.