Jeselle Hadley-Bacon is a chef, clean foods advocate and sexual abuse survivor. This final installment ends on a remarkably positive note. Despite the terrible atrocities and darkness of her childhood and young adult years (recounted in the prior episodes), Jeselle found love and is now guided by a philosophy that’s about personal freedom. Her husband introduced her to other ways of thinking, such as Rumi. Jeselle believes that those who commit crimes should pay for their actions now, but if that doesn’t happen for any reason, the universe will balance the scales. Karma will come around.
Jeselle is one of the rare converts into the Amish church—but has since left. She moved to the Ovid, MI Amish community shortly after Torah escaped from that same community (Torah’s non-practicing Amish parents Henry and Ida Bontrager still live in Ovid).
Today Jeselle focuses her energy on balancing her body and life through gut health, clean foods, and positive living. She is sharing her journey as well as information, recipes and a community both locally in her home area and also via her “Healthy Jesey" Facebook page. She welcomes anyone who is interested to connect with her.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In solidarity with #SAAM, we have placed their teal ribbon on this month’s episodes. Teal is the official color of SAAM. The teal ribbon is the symbol of sexual violence prevention. Please read the episode synopsis for more information about #SAAM and how you can help and/or be helped as a survivor.
PSA (PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT) connected to Jeselle’s Episode 14: This is the same Ovid, Michigan community Torah escaped from but Ben Girod now lives in Idaho. Everyone reading/watching this should be warned that Ben Girod actively condones rape and is a predator.
He is a textbook sociopath/psychopath and claims to—literally—be receiving emails from God. He has resigned from the Old Order Amish church and runs a right-wing, fundamentalist, proselyting church in Idaho. He claims to be the reincarnation of Moses from the Bible. He also claims that the Amish are the “lost tribe of Israel” and he has made a trip(s) to Israel claiming to speak on behalf of all the Amish, something he has neither the right nor authority to do.
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