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Nora Ashleigh Barrie is a 36-year-old psychology major at Salt Lake Community College. She is a survivor of the ​Troubled Teen Industry (2003-2005). She spent 20 months in three different Troubled Teen Industry programs, two wilderness programs followed by an all-​girls therapeutic boarding school, from ages 16 to 18. She left her boarding school 6 months after she turned 18, then spent the next decade ​struggling with complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from her experiences before committing herself to start ​healing from the trauma of the Troubled Teen Industry. She now lives near Salt Lake City, UT with her husband, ​two children, and two Great Pyrenees/Border Collies.

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dangers for "troubled" youth in the Utah wilderness

My story of survival

She does karaoke with friends on weekends. She enjoys doing anything creative. Some of her favorite creative activities are ​drawing, painting, scrapbooking, crocheting, photography, and writing. She also does freelance work doing graphic ​design and other digital media. She designed the Troubled Teen Industry survivor ribbon (pictured below) and the website ​for Surviving Abuse Podcast.

She currently does activism work regarding survivors of the Troubled Teen Industry. She started a Discord channel in 2022 for survivors ​that now has over 150 members. She is the Project Manager and Graphic Designer for the podcast, Surviving Abuse Podcast and designed the logo for that platform (pictured above).