CURRENTLY, many “troubled teen” facilities are just as abusive as Straight, Inc. once was. The notorious privately run WWASP programs which ARE STILL OPEN are located in and outside the United States. Survivors of all these programs are reporting similar if not more horrific stories than Straight, Inc. survivors report. And there are many other private institutions to avoid as well. Please consult the following websites and the information here about Straight Inc BEFORE considering placing your child in any program that claims to help “troubled teenagers.”
The Extensive Network Of Abusive Programs And Their Conncections to Each Other - created by HEAL-ONLINE.ORG
Info about WWASP Programs
WWASPS Program Survivor Accounts
Online Survivor Groups & Websites - ALL Programs
WWASP Survivors (facebook)
New Bethany Circle of Sisters (facebook)
New Bethany Christian Day School (facebook)
Other Information/News About the "Troubled Teen Industry"
When Tough Love is Torture - And How to Stop It - May 5, 2008
Dangerous "therapies" - no matter how miraculous the results of this approach seems to be, please dont allow your child to be subjected to attack/confrontational methods. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Run the other way.
Books about the troubled teen industry, survivor accounts, etc
"The Dead Inside" by Cyndy Etler (Straightling was the first, self-published version)
"Help At Any Cost" by Maia Szalavitz
"A Life Gone Awry: My Story Of The Elan School" by Wayne Kernochan
"Trapped In Paradise: A Memoir" by Cindy Art
"Dead, Insane Or In Jail: A CEDU Memior" - by Zack Bonnie
"Come Clean" by Terri Paddock - based on Straight Inc
"Conviction" by Robery Dugoni
Parent Resources, Articles, Websites, etc.
Fornits Current Program Database - This Wiki contains information about programs for people under 18, which have used abusive methods against the children detained in their program or are under investigation by the Fornits forum for abuse. There are presently 1,045 articles in this database.
Politics & Legislation: About the Troubled Teen Industry
Corporate Child Abuse? Mitt Romney's Deep Connections To The Troubled Teen Industry - also discusses Mel Sembler - Straight Inc. and Robert Lichfield - WWASPS, April 2012
The Poltics of The Troubled Teen Industry, Jan 22, 2012
GAO: Residential Treatment Programs - Concerns Regarding ABUSE & DEATH in Certain Programs For Troubled Youth (Testimony Before The Committee on Education and Labor, House Of Representatives, 2007)
GAO: Residential Programs - Selected Cases of DEATH, ABUSE and Deceptive Marketing (Testimony Before The Committee on Education and Labor, House Of Representatives, 2008)
Warning Signs of Potentially Abusive Facilities
Reprinted with permission from the former International Survivor's Action Committee (ISAC)
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