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When it all goes wrong

For over a century naturism has been continuously misunderstood, misinterpreted, or worse, exploited. When the basic tenets of the movements are forgotten or intentionally ignored it can lead to egregious abuses. Rebekah tells a childhood story which has marked her for life. Yet she remains optimistic that real naturism is a good thing for people. WARNING: This episode contains accounts of sexual abuse which may be upsetting to some listeners.

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4 thoughts on “When it all goes wrong”

  1. A tough but needed discussion. It’s amazing that she can still understand that true naturism isn’t like the experiences she had as a young person. It’s sad that there are people who use naturism this way. It just proves vigilance is so important. Definitely one of the most thought provoking shows in this series.

  2. very well done for talking about SEXUAL ABUSE ..with NUDEISUM/NAKED .I Was abused as a child .my story is PUBLISHED in a BOOK ..i am DISABLED .i ADORE LOVE BEING NUDE/NAKED ..WARE/HOW IS THERE ANY THING FOR DISABILITY ..THEN SEXUAL ABUSE ..our BODIES ARE AS ..GOOD ., ware too go what too see .how ..being DISABLED NUDE/NAKED .. MARK

  3. I’ve been thinking about this episode a lot in the past week, how bad I felt for the kids, how they were victimized, and how clubs don’t have to turn to “lifestyles” to bring in the crowds.

    For reference last weekend I was at Solair in CT, the oldest Naturist resort in America known as the “cream of the crop” in the northeast, USA area. Solair hosted their Young Naturist/Family weekend. And there were tones of people there. Young, old, Millennials, Gen Z college kids, probably a bunch of families with kids of all ages. Not only that they had stuff to do for all these ages, from archery, volleyball, pool and beach games, tie dying, water gun fights, pie eating contests you name it. As one person who told me who was there, late 20s, early 30s, and it was his first time at a naturist event. It’s like summer camp but you are naked.

    The people who run Solair you can tell are passionate about it, and NEVER want it to become a place like Ponderosa. They always want to keep it a truly family-friendly naturist resort. And the one reason why I think they are achieving this over the others without going to the “darkside”, is because they have 30yos on the board, running the events and activities and like BO and active social media, plus free wifi on the beach. Many of these 30yos who are now running it grew up at Solair. People were telling me in the late 90s and early 2000, they had so many families with kids, and now some of those kids are grown and are returning with families of their own and new people are showing up too.

    This got me thinking have you ever thought about covering other lander AANR locations in North America that are doing things right, and bringing in the numbers? I remember years ago you covered Sunsport Gardens.

    1. It’s definitely something I’d love to do. But it depends on a lot of travel which I don’t have time to do. Perhaps there is someone out there who would like to be that correspondent?

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