Abuse at Teen Challenge INTL Bonifay FL

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My son was in Bonifay and experienced a living Hell. He was abused, starved and beaten on a daily basis. I am amazed at how many victims there are who don’t report the abuse. Please if you have suffered abuse at this facility contact the FBI, forget about the local authorities they are a joke. The Sheriff’s Department and the local DCF agency turn a blind eye because they are loyal to the facility. Dave Rutledge is not a “Christian,” he is pure evil and deserves to burn in Hell for what he put my son through. There is strength in numbers and we all need to stand together to stop this abuse.
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My son just returned home after 21 months at Teen Challenge! He completed his 15 month program and then he decided he wanted to stay on as an intern for an additional six months. While at Teen Challenge my son completed high school, participated in 3 Mission's Trips to Guatemala as well as worked with the Director Dave Rutledge in maintaining the campus. He spent his six month internship laying tile in the new family resource building, learning a trade that he can use through out his life. My son learned self discipline, to respect authority, how to be a leader, and the importance of strong work ethic. Most importantly my son renewed his relationship with Christ and as a result has brought restoration to our entire family. My son was troubled, angry, and broken going into this program, the bigger problem was so was I. The Directors Dave and Barbara Rutledge along with ALL OF THE STAFF of Teen Challenge took me, my son, and my entire family under their wings. I have built relationships with Godly men and women that will last a lifetime! These people are more than "Christian" they are Disciples of the Word of God, doing EXACTLY what Jesus said for us to do... tell the lost and broken of the great Grace and Mercy of our Saviour!

No one leaves this program, son or family without feeling anything but gratitude for what they do unless you yourself do not know Jesus like I do!!!

And furthermore, by the tone in your post, your son was probably like he was because of you! You gave into his whining, his pleading for help! He wasn't being abused he just wasn't being allowed to live the life you allowed him to live at home. You've not "rescued" him from harm, you've delivered him straight into the hands of the Satan!!! Whatever it was that made you decide to send him to the program will now be that much greater. I pray that his life will be spared and you will not have the guilt of him ending up in prison or dead!
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Mary"]My son was in Boniface and experienced a living Hell. He was abused, starved and beaten on a daily basis. I am amazed at how many victims there are who don’t report the abuse. Please if you have suffered abuse at this facility contact the FBI, forget about the local authorities they are a joke. The Sheriff’s Department and the local DCF agency turn a blind eye because they are loyal to the facility. Dave Rutledge is not a “Christian,” he is pure evil and deserves to burn in Hell for what he put my son through. There is strength in numbers and we all need to stand together to stop this abuse.[/QUOT
My son was at Jacksonville Florida Teen Challenge for 31 days. The kicked him out on the street after working for 12 hours with no money no food and 500 miles from home. They told me they were taking him to the hospital. I was worried to death because I couldn't find my son. After 23 hours I reported him missing. Less than 24 hours after they kicked him out on the streets like trash, my son was found dead. The Jesus I serve would have never treated anyone like that. He deserves justice and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens.
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My son was at Jacksonville Florida Teen Challenge for 31 days. The kicked him out on the street after working for 12 hours with no money no food and 500 miles from home. They told me they were taking him to the hospital. I was worried to death because I couldn't find my son. After 23 hours I reported him missing. Less than 24 hours after they kicked him out on the streets like trash, my son was found dead. The Jesus I serve would have never treated anyone like that. He deserves justice and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens
Caleb

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Oh my gosh, the Post by SARA where she touts the greatness of Teen Challenge is clearly Pastor Dave Rutledge! That sounds just like his hate preaching. I was at TC when I was 15, mental and physical abuse is rampant. My email is caleb.matheny@me.com if you have questions.
Caleb

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Also, just so it cant be construed as rhetoric. A student their names Gillenwater was chased around with pliers in his underwear by sgt.manceill (I'm sure I got the spelling wrong) but Sgt. Manceill had a family member (brother, cousin, I don't know) that was a Drill Instructor there too. Anyway, they mentally tortured this kid. The kid clearly was having problems adjusting anyways, extremely shy, did what he was told, and they brutally terrorized him.
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I was at the bonifay teen challenge when my family brought me there from aug.03 to dec.04. I faked my way through the program and there was soooo many problems, but nothing serious, except when you werent completely perfect to their standards. Other studentts were also abused. I got arrested a couple months later and sent there from apr.05 to aug.06. Dave rutledge may be an ok man out in public but is not too nice at all on campus, to put it very very lightly. The second time when I was court ordered was hell for all the kids. It was pretty much a juvenille prison for several months. I have to admit I acted out sexually with other students there, but I was only around other horny teenage boys for alost 4 years!!!!! They beat me til I couldnt walk. They brought me into the staff room and punched me around like a rag doll for 10 minutes. My feet didnt touch the ground for the whole time. I saw kids starved, abused, witheld water, bathroom breaks, showers, food, sleep, and even school. There is a 20 by 40 foot place called the sand pit, kids made to eat their vomit and wear over 150 pound backpacks while they walk and exercise for days without any accomidations at all. When they were done exerciseing and"won" the privlage of sleep, they had to sleep half submerged in the swamp where you could see aligators just ten feet from them at least. Things were hell in there then. I wonder how it is now..........
Austin Ellis

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Sep 19, 2011
 
Aus.fun316@gmail.com email me if you want to contact me.
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

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WARNING: DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD IN ANY TEEN CHALLENGE FACILITY OR ANY OTHER FACILITY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW YOU 24/7 ACCESS TO YOU CHILD.

BEWARE: TEEN CHALLENGE IS NOT LICENSED OR REGULATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. There are no licensed, certified or qualified counselors on staff because they are not required to hire them.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT A TREATMENT FACILITY! YOU WILL NOT GET HELP FOR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS OR ADDICTIONS BY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS. CHILDREN DO NOT GET HELP IN TEEN CHALLENGE. THEY ARE ABUSED, BEATEN, STARVED AND BRAINWASHED WHILE THEY ARE IN THERE.
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Oct 3, 2011
 
Mary wrote:
My son was in Bonifay and experienced a living Hell. He was abused, starved and beaten on a daily basis. I am amazed at how many victims there are who don’t report the abuse. Please if you have suffered abuse at this facility contact the FBI, forget about the local authorities they are a joke. The Sheriff’s Department and the local DCF agency turn a blind eye because they are loyal to the facility. Dave Rutledge is not a “Christian,” he is pure evil and deserves to burn in Hell for what he put my son through. There is strength in numbers and we all need to stand together to stop this abuse.
MARY,

I HAVE A VERY SIMILAR STORY. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH YOU. PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT anndavidson24@yahoo.com
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

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Oct 3, 2011
 
Anyone who has been in a TEEN CHALLENGE facility in FLORIDA or the parent of a child who has been in one please contact me. I really would like to talk to you.

Here is my e-mail:

stopteenchallenge@heal-online. org
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Grieving mother wrote:
Mary"]My son was in Boniface and experienced a living Hell. He was abused, starved and beaten on a daily basis. I am amazed at how many victims there are who don’t report the abuse. Please if you have suffered abuse at this facility contact the FBI, forget about the local authorities they are a joke. The Sheriff’s Department and the local DCF agency turn a blind eye because they are loyal to the facility. Dave Rutledge is not a “Christian,” he is pure evil and deserves to burn in Hell for what he put my son through. There is strength in numbers and we all need to stand together to stop this abuse.[/QUOT
My son was at Jacksonville Florida Teen Challenge for 31 days. The kicked him out on the street after working for 12 hours with no money no food and 500 miles from home. They told me they were taking him to the hospital. I was worried to death because I couldn't find my son. After 23 hours I reported him missing. Less than 24 hours after they kicked him out on the streets like trash, my son was found dead. The Jesus I serve would have never treated anyone like that. He deserves justice and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens.
Grieving Mother in TN,

I am so sorry for your loss! Please e-mail me I would really like to talk with you. anndavidson24@yahoo.com

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is complete LUDACRIS! Dave Rutledge is a great man for what he's doing there.I went there at the age of 15 from 04 to 05. when I gat there I saw the 5 am wake up, the DI's (Drill Instructor)ordering you to get your bed made right, the early morning excrise, and the in depth Christian Bible studies. I relized that I was not getting what I wanted any more, and I knew I couldent do this program by myself.... Thats where God comes in, I gave everything to him and I thrived in there! I went on missin trips to Guatemala, I learned discipline, but more importantly I forge a close relationship with Christ that will last forever!I was there for the complete program 15 months and dident witness any abuse or sexual behavior,(unless you call not getting excatly what you want abuse then sure they do). I WOULDENT TRADE MY EXPIRENCE THERE FOR THE WORLD!! Did you ever think "mary" that your son might lie or say anything too get out of a place that doesent let him do and have whatever he wants?? I dont see how it could happen anyway your never alone and theres ALWAYS a DI around even while we slept. Not once did I fill "Not Safe" there. I know one thing satan doesent want to see that place thrive maybe thats why these lies are being said. God be with All of You! any question email me at

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Nov 13, 2011
 
jcallaway88@yahoo.com for any question God Bless
Sara

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Josh Callaway wrote:
is complete LUDACRIS! Dave Rutledge is a great man for what he's doing there.I went there at the age of 15 from 04 to 05. when I gat there I saw the 5 am wake up, the DI's (Drill Instructor)ordering you to get your bed made right, the early morning excrise, and the in depth Christian Bible studies. I relized that I was not getting what I wanted any more, and I knew I couldent do this program by myself.... Thats where God comes in, I gave everything to him and I thrived in there! I went on missin trips to Guatemala, I learned discipline, but more importantly I forge a close relationship with Christ that will last forever!I was there for the complete program 15 months and dident witness any abuse or sexual behavior,(unless you call not getting excatly what you want abuse then sure they do). I WOULDENT TRADE MY EXPIRENCE THERE FOR THE WORLD!! Did you ever think "mary" that your son might lie or say anything too get out of a place that doesent let him do and have whatever he wants?? I dont see how it could happen anyway your never alone and theres ALWAYS a DI around even while we slept. Not once did I fill "Not Safe" there. I know one thing satan doesent want to see that place thrive maybe thats why these lies are being said. God be with All of You! any question email me at
Josh,
I have to wonder how much money TC has paid you over the years?
Sara

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I really question the validity of the post by Josh. I have never heard anything positive from a "real" student from Bonifay. Dave Rutledge is not there to help children or he would certainly behave differently then he does. And, he certainly is not there to worship Almighty God. All of his actions indicate he is there to worship the Almighty Dollar.
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Nov 17, 2011
 
Anyone interested in researching a Teen Challenge facility contact the city police or the local sheriff's office and ask public records for all reports involving that facility. Also, you can search that county's courts office for all documents, arrests, lawsuits, etc. involving Teen Challenge. These reports are public records in the State of Florida, you cannot be denied access to them.
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Why was an adult (domestic violence abuser) case in Tampa Florida ordered to TREATMENT in 'Teen Challenge Inc.'? It is an AOG Ministry, run by non-credentialed, non-educated 'born-again Christians'. It is a dangerous place for someone who actually needs medical, psychiatric, and drug addiction treatment.
What an F'n joke.
And the minimum stay is 12 months/ not the 4 months he was mandated.
It is a faith based ministry. NOT a treatment facility.
Smh.
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Establishment of Alternative Accreditation to Evade Inspections
In Florida and Texas, Teen Challenge centers were being accredited by the Texas Association of Christian Child Care Agencies (TACCCA) and the Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies (FACCCA). The programs have no medical component and center instead of around prayer, Bible study and religious conversion. Teen Challenge facilities did not uphold First Amendment rights and also did not enforce workplace anti-bias laws. There was also lack of proper oversight over the educational standards of the program. 
Florida also decided to exempt Teen Challenge in that state from regulatory inspections by allowing Teen Challenge facilities in Florida to be alternatively accredited. Florida has certified an alternate accreditation board for "faith-based" groups, and its head of Department of Children and Families and Department of Human Services heads are both former Straight, Inc. leaders.
Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies is just the same as the Texas agency and Teen Challenge center in Florida are members of Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies or FACCCA. Not surprisingly, evidence of extensive abuse has turned up with the Florida facility of almost an identical manner to what was documented in Texas. West Florida Teen Challenge Boys’ Ranch in Bonifay, Florida is a confirmed abusive teen program. The contract parents must sign with Teen Challenge states that the Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies’(FACCCA) "intent" is to "insure the physical and spiritual health, safety, and well being" of the children and therefore that the boy’s ranch must meet FACCCA’s "minimum standards." Parents have to agree to hold the ranch and its employees harmless from "any and all liability" for injury to the child "even injury resulting in death." Parents must agree "that God desires that they resolve their dispute with one another within the church and that they be reconciled in their relationships in accordance with the principles stated in I Corinthians 6:1-8, Matthew 5:23-24, and Matthew 18:15-20." If they cannot resolve their disagreement privately within the church, parents must accept resolution through "biblically based mediation" by rules of the Association of Christian Conciliation Services. There is no refund of tuition or deposits if the boy leaves the ranch before 15 months even if the ranch has expelled him. Many residential treatment centers were run with no insurance liability policies and these legal waivers were used to prevent liability law suits. Thus parents were told that if they signed the waiver they had no legal rights even if their child was injured.
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Nov 19, 2011
 
I have heard reports Dave Rutledge's son, Jonathan, has a criminal record and he has been known to work in the facility. Does anyone have any information on this?

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