Awake

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Awake is the title of the docudrama in which Frank shares his story with the world. It provides a penetrating picture of an oppressive life within a closed community. In the end he saw no other option to leave the faith behind. After his very last meeting with elders in 2002, Frank said, "They will hear from me." He yearned for recognition for his experience of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, this desire turned out to be an illusion. Frank focused on healing and personal development. Sharing his story in the newspaper Trouw led to a revelation. Not only for himself, but also for the outside world. Together with Aswin and Raymond Reclaimed Voices established. They are committed to the safe growing up of children within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses. For Frank, the following words from Bob Marley's Redemption Song took on a personal meaning: 'Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our mind. '

Sharing his story on July 22, 2017 in Trouw led to the annual celebration of his personal liberation day. 'The strength is not in the struggle, but in the choice to feel liberated. '

Broadcast: Tuesday, April 20, 22.15 on NPO3
The entire broadcast can be watched via NPO START


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