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Wilbanks Enters Treatment Program
WXIA-TV/DT Atlanta ^ | 5.10.05 | Ian Stinson

Posted on 05/10/2005 9:17:20 AM PDT by mhking

Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride whose disappearance triggered a nationwide search, has entered a voluntary medical treatment program.

According to a statement from the family's church, "Ms. Wilbanks entered a highly regarded, inpatient treatment program on her own volition to address physical and mental issues which, she believes, played a major role in her 'running from herself' as she described in a public statement last week."

Wilbanks entered the program late Monday. The location of the program and suggested duration of treatment was not disclosed.

Wilbanks was already undergoing professional treatment. On May 5, the pastor for the Wilbanks family, Dr. Tom Smiley, read a statement from Jennifer Wilbanks. In the statement, Wilbanks said she, "started professional treatment voluntarily," for the problems that led her to run away.

Dr. Smiley said the treatment was "professional therapy with certified, competent professionals." Smiley did not go into details about the treatment.

Wilbanks, 32, touched off an extensive search in April when she disappeared after leaving her Duluth, Ga., home for a jog just four days before her scheduled wedding.

Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She told police she had been abducted, but she later told authorities she took a bus to Las Vegas and then Albuquerque on her own.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: martyfeldmanseyes; recovery; runawaybride; wilbanks
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To: JFC
My daughter recently married into a family of Southern Baptists. Without a doubt they are all the nicest, warmest, most welcoming group of people.

We consider ourselves blessed.

101 posted on 05/10/2005 10:38:35 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH.....INSPIRATIONAL)
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To: SoVaDPJ
I've had too much caffeine!?!

LOL
102 posted on 05/10/2005 10:40:12 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Blessed

I'm assuming the pastor who was giving Wilbanks and her fiance pre-marital counseling. When she disappeared, he took it upon himself to make an appearance before the reporters cameras covering the story, to tell the nation that he'd never counseled a couple so much in love. Showed an incredible lack of discernment.


103 posted on 05/10/2005 10:40:13 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: OldFriend
If it is "sad" that I and others would like her punished for falsely claiming being kidnapped and filing a false rape charge then call me "sad."

I find it sad that so many are willing to embrace, forgive, and demand complete and total exonheration for criminal acts all because they feel "sorry" for her.

104 posted on 05/10/2005 10:40:17 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Texas Mom

The only problem I see is that the whole lot of them have been enabling this grown woman for too long! Maybe a little tough love would have been the answer not treating her like she is a 15 yr old who doesn't get what she has done-like saying she didn't realize so many would be searching for her? Is she really that stupid? Thank God no kids were produced by this blithering idiot. Quit coddling her and let her take her lumps as should have been done with the first arrest not let it get this far at her age!


105 posted on 05/10/2005 10:40:19 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: Texas Mom

The only problem I see is that the whole lot of them have been enabling this grown woman for too long! Maybe a little tough love would have been the answer not treating her like she is a 15 yr old who doesn't get what she has done-like saying she didn't realize so many would be searching for her? Is she really that stupid? Thank God no kids were produced by this blithering idiot. Quit coddling her and let her take her lumps as should have been done with the first arrest not let it get this far at her age!


106 posted on 05/10/2005 10:41:38 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: OldFriend
Without a doubt they are all the nicest, warmest, most welcoming group of people

Except the ones who tell you your going to hell for a whole list of things they believe to be wrong. And it seems to be a virtually endless list.

107 posted on 05/10/2005 10:41:59 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: mhking

addicted to Visine?


108 posted on 05/10/2005 10:42:10 AM PDT by woofie (I am so not kidding.)
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To: OldFriend

What a sad commentary on some here.


I just don't get that hateful attitudes on here. It amazes me that many have fogotten who we are. I never understood all the photo's and comments on her eyes. How would you like to have to go through the crap she has gone through. And yes, she could have a mental illness or even physical, so why are we on here so quick to judge.

be very careful freepers...some of you are becoming what we don't like...


109 posted on 05/10/2005 10:42:14 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: Texas Mom
The only problem I see is that the whole lot of them have been enabling this grown woman for too long! Maybe a little tough love would have been the answer not treating her like she is a 15 yr old who doesn't get what she has done-like saying she didn't realize so many would be searching for her? Is she really that stupid? Thank God no kids were produced by this blithering idiot. Quit coddling her and let her take her lumps as should have been done with the first arrest not let it get this far at her age!
110 posted on 05/10/2005 10:42:29 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: LYSandra

Did you need to post that 5 times?


111 posted on 05/10/2005 10:43:09 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: LYSandra

Make that 6 times!


112 posted on 05/10/2005 10:43:52 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: najida

Well, she probably was going to have dinner after she ran ... so she went to Vegas on a bus to avoid the meal?

Maybe that's the "mental" part of it -- she wanted to disappear so she did, literally?


113 posted on 05/10/2005 10:44:11 AM PDT by cookiedough
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To: JFC
be very careful freepers...some of you are becoming what we don't like...

You mean emotion driven coddlers of criminals like liberals?

114 posted on 05/10/2005 10:44:29 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: mhking

Better work on this now or she will be drowning her kids in a bathtub in five years.


115 posted on 05/10/2005 10:45:18 AM PDT by jsbankston
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To: Phantom Lord

Have you not done something wrong in your life and then treated like you were a lepard? Just be careful little mouth what you say. I try to live by WWJD, and I know Jesus would welcome her into His arms. Believe me there are worse people out on trial at this moment who have done wrong in God's eyes, but He still loves even them.

I for one am a practicing Compassionate Conservative... most of the time.


116 posted on 05/10/2005 10:45:24 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: JFC

Hey, I'm all for her getting help and treatment and being given forgiveness. Right after she serves jail time and pays back the taxpayers.


117 posted on 05/10/2005 10:46:47 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: MadIvan

At least on the Lifestyle Network.


118 posted on 05/10/2005 10:47:14 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: Phantom Lord
Yep. The Cult of Hetfield.

James?

119 posted on 05/10/2005 10:47:51 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Bill Clinton's heart is blacker than the devil's riding boots.....................................)
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To: JFC
The fake disapperance is not what really got me going, it was the filing of false rape charges, including the completion of rape exam.

That is an extreme crime to falsely claim.

120 posted on 05/10/2005 10:48:13 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: mhking

She looks anorexic to me. Coupled with being a fanatic jogger I'd say she has control issues.

I'm sure she's thankful that her pastor has agreed to be spokesman. She's probably humiliated and scared of what's going to happen next.


121 posted on 05/10/2005 10:49:05 AM PDT by Sweet Hour of Prayer
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To: Phantom Lord

and may I add a Christian all of the time. Even us Christains make mistakes, but we ask God's help daily. I would think you would want to have such compassion if you were in the Wilbanks family or even her pastor. I see true christianity in this whole situation. She has a man who loves her and does not run. She has family who is supportive and loving her unconditionally.

If you need that one day... I hope you will find that in your family and friends.

Me a liberal... not on a cold day. I treat others I would hope they would treat me.


122 posted on 05/10/2005 10:49:07 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: JFC

Not to mention her either unwillingness to make a public statement and apology, or her being forbidden from doing such by her clearly over controlling pastor.


123 posted on 05/10/2005 10:49:31 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Osage Orange

Is there any other?


124 posted on 05/10/2005 10:49:46 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: mhking

Does the treatment include making those eyes a wee bit less...crazed?


125 posted on 05/10/2005 10:49:54 AM PDT by BeHoldAPaleHorse
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To: dfwgator

"She has issues?!? Naaah."

She's COO-COO for Cocoa Puffs, if you get my drift...


126 posted on 05/10/2005 10:50:26 AM PDT by BeHoldAPaleHorse
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To: Phantom Lord

I guess you will never see what I do.


127 posted on 05/10/2005 10:50:40 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: JFC
Hopefully not.

The only bright spot I see from her criminal trail is that when she submitted to the rape exam and filed a false report of being raped is that she didn't finger someone as the rapist.

Had she done that, my comments on her would be far more harsh.

128 posted on 05/10/2005 10:51:59 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Phantom Lord
Except the ones who tell you your going to hell for a whole list of things they believe to be wrong. And it seems to be a virtually endless list.

Your "knowledge" of Southern Baptists is seriously lacking. Maybe the Southern Baptists in your head are like that, but I doubt you have encountered many (if any) like that in real life.

129 posted on 05/10/2005 10:52:30 AM PDT by Skooz (Jesus Christ Set Me Free of Drug Addiction in 1985. Thank You, Lord.)
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To: Phantom Lord
ha!!

Maybe...but I'm not privy.

130 posted on 05/10/2005 10:54:53 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Bill Clinton's heart is blacker than the devil's riding boots.....................................)
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To: Skooz
Your right. I completely imagined when one looked my wife in the eye, pointed forcefully at her and said "your going to hell" upon his learning she is jewish.

Your right. Figment of my imagination.

Or being told that "the devil is in me" for various things from drinking, playing golf on Sunday, to being a magician to name a few.

Your right. Never happened.

131 posted on 05/10/2005 10:55:27 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Skooz

I think Pantom Lord has "ISSUES" regarding Jennifer Wilbanks and Southern Baptists...

Oh well.. you know what the Bible says.. pray for those who prosecute you. I suppose Pantom Lord thinks he is Judge and Jury.... but I know different. My Judge will be much more real than an internet blogger.


132 posted on 05/10/2005 10:55:37 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: JFC

You're correct.

Serious issues.


133 posted on 05/10/2005 10:56:38 AM PDT by Skooz (Jesus Christ Set Me Free of Drug Addiction in 1985. Thank You, Lord.)
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To: Phantom Lord

I am not Southern Baptist, but my Baptist Church has our jewish Church come over for interchanging services. We welcome them with open arms, much like we do the homeless, sick childrens clinic, others who just need love and acceptance.


134 posted on 05/10/2005 10:57:17 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: JFC
internet blogger.

At least I know the definition of a blogger.

135 posted on 05/10/2005 10:59:28 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: JFC

No they don't. They just point their bony fingers in people's faces and scream that they are going to HaYelll for driving on Sundays and watching cable TV.

That's what they do, and that's all they do. Ever.


136 posted on 05/10/2005 10:59:35 AM PDT by Skooz (Jesus Christ Set Me Free of Drug Addiction in 1985. Thank You, Lord.)
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To: JFC

You will note that I have never said ALL southern baptists are like that. But they are out there.


137 posted on 05/10/2005 11:00:02 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Phantom Lord

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be affraid.


138 posted on 05/10/2005 11:00:28 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: Skooz

You are going to hell and that is for sure. Don't you know that South Park taught us that only Mormons get into heaven?


139 posted on 05/10/2005 11:00:50 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Phantom Lord

What about the ceremony when the Jewish one went to camp?

That was seriously messed up. I couldn't breath I was laughing so hard.


140 posted on 05/10/2005 11:02:25 AM PDT by Skooz (Jesus Christ Set Me Free of Drug Addiction in 1985. Thank You, Lord.)
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To: OldFriend

Evidently there will be no forgiveness for the 'crime' she committed.
What a sad commentary on some here.

***

I think that's her problem -- she has been forgiven way too often without facing any real consequences for her actions.

And by the way, she hasn't really apologized yet unless you consider that lawyerfied statement an apology. If I were one of the people who spent time, money and other resources looking for her, fretting over her, worrying that she was maybe lying in a ditch somewhere with her throat cut -- I wouldn't consider that statement an apology. And I would want a real apology before I could even consider forgiveness.


141 posted on 05/10/2005 11:03:21 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: nmh

Something old, something new.

Something stolen *cough* *cough* borrowed, something blue.


142 posted on 05/10/2005 11:04:41 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: Skooz

The Death Camp of Tolerance is one of the best.


143 posted on 05/10/2005 11:05:15 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: fatnotlazy
This is about all I need to know about forgiveness:
It was in a church in Munich where I was speaking in 1947 that I saw him--a balding heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. One moment I saw the overcoat and the brown hat, the next, a blue uniform and a visored cap with its skull and crossbones.

Memories of the concentration camp came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man. I could see my sister's frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment of skin.

Betsie and I had been arrested for concealing Jews in our home during the Nazi occupation of Holland. This man had been a guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp where we were sent.

Now he was in front of me, hand thrust out: "A fine message, fraulein! How good it is to know that, as you say, all our sins are at the bottom of the sea!"

It was the first time since my release that I had been face to face with one of my captors and my blood seemed to freeze.

"You mentioned Ravensbruck in your talk," he was saying. "I was a guard there. But since that time," he went on, "I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein--" again the hand came out--"will you forgive me?"

And I stood there--and could not. Betsie had died in that place--could he erase her slow terrible death simply for the asking?

It could not have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do.

For I had to do it--I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us. "If you do not forgive men their trespasses," Jesus says, "neither will your Father in Heaven forgive your trespasses."

Still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. "Jesus, help me!" I prayed silently. "I can lift my hand. I can do that much. You supply the feeling."

And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes.

"I forgive you, brother!" I cried. "With all my heart!"

For a long moment we grasped each other's hands, the former guard and former prisoner. I had never known God's love so intensely as I did then.

---Corrie ten Boom.


144 posted on 05/10/2005 11:10:18 AM PDT by Skooz (Jesus Christ Set Me Free of Drug Addiction in 1985. Thank You, Lord.)
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To: Liberal Classic

LOL!!!


145 posted on 05/10/2005 11:10:50 AM PDT by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: Kenny Bunkport

Then Jerry Springer


146 posted on 05/10/2005 11:11:25 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: YaYa123
We got in-patient treatment centers for whatever ails ya. Very posh, very expensive, and very exclusive!

And with all the best drugs.

147 posted on 05/10/2005 11:11:48 AM PDT by SupplySider
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To: MadIvan

Is it fair to say she's off her gob?


148 posted on 05/10/2005 11:16:37 AM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: Sweet Hour of Prayer

I'm glad she's getting the professional help she needs.

I think we will all be disappointed when she never makes a public appearance, and prefers to remain unseen.


149 posted on 05/10/2005 11:20:06 AM PDT by Voir Dire
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To: Petronski

"Off her gob" is a useful description too.

Regards, Ivan


150 posted on 05/10/2005 11:21:58 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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