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Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture alleging that the Judge Rotenberg Center for the disabled, located in Massachusetts, violates the UN Convention against Torture.
after an in-depth investigation revealed use of restraint boards, isolation, food deprivation and electric shocks in efforts to control the behaviors of its disabled and emotionally troubled students.
The disabilities group not
Findings in the MDRI report include the center's practice of subjecting children to electric shocks on the legs, arms, soles of feet and torso -- in many cases for years -- as well as some for more than a decade.
The disabilities group notes that stun guns typically deliver three to four milliamps per shock. GEI packs, meanwhile, shock students with 45 milliamps -- more than ten times the amperage of a typical stun gun.
One kid, you could smell the flesh burning, he had so many shocks. These kids are under constant fear, 24/7. They sleep with them on, eat with them on.
Rotenberg center is the only known facility in the United States, "Or perhaps the world," that employs the use of electricity, long-term restraints and other punishments to deliberately inflict pain upon its children and then refer to it as "treatment."
"One girl who was blind, deaf and non-verbal was moaning and rocking,"
JRC is the only program willing to address the reality of these children’s disorders and endure the political firestorm in order to save these children and give them an education and a future.
The Van Oorsouw, et al. article (2007) (see Appendix
A, item 1) concludes that there are no negative side effects to JRC’s use of skin-shock, but there are many positive side effects, such as increased socially appropriate behaviors and responsiveness, and increases in behaviors indicating a positive affective state such as smiling
and singing or talking. It would be torture to not treat these students and allow them to be chemically restrained and warehoused for the rest of their lives.
There are currently millions of children in the United States needlessly suffering the painful and dangerous side-effects of psychotropic medications. Unlike aversive interventions, the use of
anti-psychotic and other potent sedatives with children is not regulated and is not court supervised. These are the vulnerable and tortured people that MDRI should be trying to help.
MDRI could help many people if it would focus on the truth, particularly the reality that severe behavior disorders exist that cannot be effectively treated with positive behavior supports alone and too many children are being drugged and warehoused. The question is whether MDRI has the courage to stand up for what is right and not simply for what is politically expedient.
Originally posted by marg6043
Why taking this to the international courts.
It makes no sense unless is some agenda.
Originally posted by westcoast
There are a lot of things about this that do not make sense.
First of all, in order for anyone to be able to do anything physicall to the child either the parent has given signed consent or the courts have ordered it.
It sounds as if this institute is a last-stop for some very seriously disabled individuals that nothing else has worked for, or else the parents are against using drugs and opt for this alternate 'therapy'.
I simply ask you this: If you had a dog that was prone to bite, would you strap a pack on its back and deliver a shock so horrible that it singed its hair, skin? Most normal people would say "of course not!". They would opt to put the dog down or give it away. Well, obviously as a parent we have the same reaction but not the same options so we are left with a "what do I do?" outcome. As a parent and someone who has worked with kids that have severe personality disorders, I find this to be beyond repulsive. physical torture is something very different from behavior modification and I thought this was condemed in this country long ago.
Yes, if they are so far gone into themselves or violent then I WOULD keep them sedated. It is much more humane than the physical torture. It is sadistic and I can't believe it is allowed.
As to letting an 'outside' agency try to impose what they think is right or wrong in 'our' country: Why the h@ll not? Our government has obviously failed these children so if it takes someone else to protect them than so be it.