Help save the children from abusive homes and schooling, bring the people who control this before the courts to face the punishment they so much deserve.

 

Wow, just wow...

In September 2009, after admitting to my parents that I was atheist, I was abruptly woken in the middle of the night by two strange men who subsequently threw me in a van and drove me 200 mi. to a facility that I would later find out serves the sole purpose of eliminating free thinking adolescents.

These places exist IN AMERICA, they’re completely legal, and they’re only growing. It’s the new solution for parents who have kids that don’t conform blindly to their religious and political views, let me explain: After the initial shock of what I thought was a kidnapping, it was explained to me that my parents had arranged for me to attend Horizon Academy (http://www.horizonacademy.us/) because I admitted to them that I was atheist and didn’t agree with a lot of their hateful views. Let me give you a detailed run-down of my experience here: To start off it’s a boarding school where there is literally no communication with the outside world, the people who work here can do anything they want, and the students can do absolutely nothing about it. The basic idea is that you’re not allowed to leave until you believably adopt their viewpoints and push them off on others. The minimum stay at these places is a year, an ENTIRE YEAR, that means no birthday, no christmas, no thanksgiving etc.; my stay lasted 2 years. The day to day functioning of this facility is based on a very strict set of rules and regulations: you eat what they give you, do what they tell you (often just pointless things just to brand mindless submission in your brain), and believe what they tell you to believe. Consequences for not adhering to these regulations include not eating for that day, being locked in small rooms for extended periods of time and the long term consequence of an extended stay. There’s a lot more detail and intricacies I could get into, but my main purpose was to spread awareness to the only group of people I feel like could do something about this. Feel free to ask me anything about my stay, I could go on for days about some of the ridiculous things I went through.

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Tonight’s coast-to-coast radio show about the ‘troubled teen’ industry has been rescheduled to Jan 13

From Mark Levine (the original post with info on how to listen online is here: http://opliberation.tumblr.com/post/14477763353/radio-show-exposing-the-horrors-of-the-troubled-teen):

To the entire “survivor of abuse at teen-residential-centers” community:

I have decided to postpone my show, originally scheduled for December 29, two more weeks to Friday January 13, 2012, 7-10 pm ET.

I apologize for any inconvenience caused and I realize folks will have to send corrections to their lists. The reason is simple: the week between Xmas and New Year’s is a bad time to try to get guests to speak on air (particularly those I want to get — current teens who are in, or just out of, these programs). I think I will get a better cross-section of participants and listeners if I put off the show for two months. I will do it then. Thank you everyone for understanding.

For those that are superstitious, Friday the 13th will be a day to remember all the lives that have been forever marred (or even lost!) by these abusive centers. For those that believe that good fortune can stem from adversity, Friday the 13th will be an easy day to remember and pass on the word so that we have a big audience for the show.

Radio show exposing the horrors of the ‘troubled teen’ industry, Thurs 12/29, 7 -10pm ET

Mark Levine of Inside Scoop is hosting another coast-to-coast radio show to give survivors of abusive teen residential facilities the opportunity to speak out! You can listen live on www.MarkLevineTalk.com, and it will be permanently housed here: http://marklevine.tv/torture-in-america-kids-abused-in-treatment-centers-speak-out.www.MarkLevineTalk.com, and it will be permanently housed here: http://marklevine.tv/torture-in-america-kids-abused-in-treatment-centers-speak-out.

Call in #’s:
888-488-MARK (6275)
or
888-6LESLIE (653-7543)
They will also be posted on his website at the time of the show.

Please spread the word!

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The world of Joachim Knudtson: Just the latest case of abuse

joachimkrudtson:

A staff member at the former residential treatment center known as Gøge-reden (Cuckoo’s Nest) forced a 15 year old girl to engage in some kind of sexual act.

For this crime he received 60 days in prison! 60 days.

Of course he also can no longer work as caretaker for minors and he got a fine of…

Pro-Love: Sometimes I post my poems on tumblr [A.K.A don't read this?]

foryoublue94:

[Trigger Warning for abuse/violence, gay slurs, suicide, death]

So… a long time ago I read a book in which a girl’s mom sends her off to a “behavior modification school.” Not too long ago, I also watched the movie “Boot Camp” in which a similar thing happened. I didn’t really give it a lot of…

TWO shows covering the troubled teen industry this week!

The first is TONIGHT, 12/1, at 8pm: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/harm-reduction/2011/12/02/surviving-straight



The second is Saturday night, 12/3, at 8pm EST on http://freedomslips.com. Kevin Allan, who has hosted two fantastic shows about the troubled teen industry, is dedicating another show to survivors and the cause. Guests include an all-star line up: Ginger McNulty, Bill Boyles, Jodi Helm-Hobbs, Marcus Morton Chatfield V, Susan Hawthorne Lawrence, Lee Goldman and many survivors who will call in to share their stories.

When you see a facility claiming to help ‘troubled teens’ you should read that as saying ‘we sell snake oil.’ Here’s why…

Honest therapists would not use the term ‘troubled teen.’ They understand that the situation is far more complex.

Honest therapists acknowledge that it is not the teen that is troubled, but the family system that has difficulty. The parents are as big a part of the problem as the teen, if not bigger. It is more accurately a ‘troubled parent’ problem, not a ‘troubled teen.’ You cannot fix the teen without fixing the parent. In most cases, if you fix the parent, you find that the teen was never broken.

Honest therapists will also acknowledge that most behavioral problems will resolve on their own as the child grows up. The family learns how to alter its relationships as children go through the difficult phase of becoming adults. That transition is often tumultuous.

The ‘troubled teen’ industry knows that the ‘therapy’ they claim to provide is snake oil. The real medicine is time. Most kids will get better without them. But, they also realize that they can make $30,000 to $120,000 or more from warehousing a child while they grow up. And, after time has worked its magic, can take credit for the child’s change in behavior.

Honest therapists recognize that warehousing teens with behavioral problems removes them from the population of kids going through their maturation phase in a normal manner and concentrates them in a cohort of kids who exhibit significant behavioral problems. And, for almost all of those kids, they are confined in very close proximity to kids who have more severe behavioral problems for long periods of time.

The kids are around each other and interact with each other far more than they are with therapists or even staff. The kids learn more from each other than they do from therapists. Unfortunately, when you put kids in a ‘troubled teen’ environment, the things they are learning often are not positive.

When you see a facility claiming to help ‘troubled teens’ you should read that as saying ‘we sell snake oil.’

[from: http://www.reddit.com/r/troubledteens/comments/gc8z0/welcome_to_rtroubledteens_now_what/c1mio0n]