Reform At Victory: A Survivor's Story

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Reform at Victory is a non-fiction account about author Michele Ulriksen's harrowing experience in an unlicensed/unregulated fundamentalist Baptist reform school, where the only way home is full conformity. She spends one full year at the locked-down facility, which is located in the California desert. The years are 1986-87.

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Michele Ulriksen was born in Newport Beach, California and raised in Orange County. At sixteen she was shipped off to reform school, an experience that inspired her first book, Reform at Victory. As an adult she moved to the Bay Area to study Film and Creative Writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After five memorable years in the Bay Area, she headed north to Oregon where she accepted a writing/editing position with Oregon Public Broadcasting. After four rewarding years working in public radio, she resigned to accomplish some personal goals: finish her book and return to school. She is currently working toward a creative writing/women's studies degree at Portland State University. Her non-fiction writing and coverage about her book has appeared in World Kid Magazine, Listen Magazine, Freethought Today, Gazette-Times, OPB Member Guide, Willamette Freethinker, Rational Atheist, The Peaceworker, International Library of Poetry, The Alchemist, The Daily Barometer, Alternatives Magazine, Creative Highway, and The Commuter, where she also served as a Copy Editor while attending community college.

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Reform at Victory is a compelling coming-of-age story of one girl's horrifying experience in a Christian reform school. Michele Ulriksen vividly captures adolescent life in a program aimed at stamping out any trace of individuality and spirit. If you want to understand how tough love hurts teens, this book is a must-read.

--Maia Szalavitz, author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids.

Michele's personal account can help us to better recognize the very painful injuries that are being inflicted upon youth and families, and our society as a whole, by the present day phenomenon of institutional abuse in alternative residential treatment.

--Dr. Allison Pinto, Clinical Psychologist

Michele Ulriksen's Reform at Victory provides an emotional and shockingly candid portrayal of life in what passes for a Christian reform school, but amounts to a religious jail designed to brainwash its inmates. Her startling memoir chronicles her own experience as a 16-year-old whose sneaking out of the house lands her in a place where physical and emotional abuse is rampant and where she is denied even the most basic rights that most prisoners enjoy, as well as the after-the-fact impact of such incarceration. This is a must read for those who have survived these schools, for parents considering placing a rebellious teen in such a setting, for mental health professionals who must deal with the fallout, and for government officials - and all the rest of us - who clearly need to take a more active role in curbing the abuses that are so commonplace in these facilities.

--Linden Gross, Author and Writing Coach.

Child abuse masquerading as religion is a very real and serious problem. Reform at Victory sheds light on an issue that is largely ignored by our society.

--Shelby Earnshaw, Director of ISAC; International Survivor s Action Committee.

Michele Ulriksen's first person account of her experience inside an unregulated reform school is important because is shows the public what really goes on behind closed doors that outsiders to these programs don't see. Reading a book like Reform at Victory may be the only way a parent, who is considering placement of their troubled teen in a facility such as this one, will see what life is like inside a locked-down unlicensed alternative treatment facility.

-- Mollye Barrows, Anchor/Reporter, WEAR-TV, Pensacola, Florida. --Mollye Barrows, Anchor/Reporter, WEAR-TV, Pensacola, Florida

Michele Ulriksen's Reform at Victory provides an emotional and shockingly candid portrayal of life in what passes for a Christian reform school, but amounts to a religious jail designed to brainwash its inmates. Her startling memoir chronicles her own experience as a 16-year-old whose sneaking out of the house lands her in a place where physical and emotional abuse is rampant and where she is denied even the most basic rights that most prisoners enjoy, as well as the after-the-fact impact of such incarceration. This is a must read for those who have survived these schools, for parents considering placing a rebellious teen in such a setting, for mental health professionals who must deal with the fallout, and for government officials - and all the rest of us - who clearly need to take a more active role in curbing the abuses that are so commonplace in these facilities. --Linden Gross, Author and Writing Coach

Michele's personal account can help us to better recognize the very painful injuries that are being inflicted upon youth and families, and our society as a whole, by the present day phenomenon of institutional abuse in alternative residential treatment. --Dr. Allison Pinto, Clinical Psychologist

Reform at Victory reads like a prison memoir, filled with dangerous secrets, informers, late night escape attempts and heartwarming friendships formed against the backdrop of an incredibly harsh and oppressive environment. At its core, it is about a confused teenage girl who is confronted with questions many of us fail to answer until we are well into middle age, if ever. Michele wants to believe in a higher power and live a Christian life, but God is intangible, invisible. Like many sixteen-year-old girls, things like tanning, boys and dreams of MTV rock singers are much more real and immediate. As you read, you are inspired to ask the same wrenching, unanswerable questions of yourself that Michele wrestles with inside her head. She could never utter them aloud, the intercoms are listening. --The Alchemist

Michele Ulriksen's Reform at Victory provides an emotional and shockingly candid portrayal of life in what passes for a Christian reform school, but amounts to a religious jail designed to brainwash its inmates. Her startling memoir chronicles her own experience as a 16-year-old whose sneaking out of the house lands her in a place where physical and emotional abuse is rampant and where she is denied even the most basic rights that most prisoners enjoy, as well as the after-the-fact impact of such incarceration. This is a must read for those who have survived these schools, for parents considering placing a rebellious teen in such a setting, for mental health professionals who must deal with the fallout, and for government officials - and all the rest of us - who clearly need to take a more active role in curbing the abuses that are so commonplace in these facilities. --Linden Gross, Author and Writing Coach

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