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Memorial Service - Letter Requesting an Apology- Please sign
« on: November 12, 2006, 05:38:52 PM »
Ok I posted all this earlier today and it seems to have disappeared. So here it is again.

A letter was written requesting acknowledgement and an apology from Nancy Reagan, George Bush Sr., Former Straight, Inc. Executives and other responsible parties. Last night suvivors at the VA memorial signed this letter. Now the letter is posted online as a petition so that anyone who did not attend may sign the letter as well. I will leave the letter up for at least a month. I will eventually announce it when the time comes to take the petition down and start sending the letters out to recipients. In the meantime I will be compiling a list of recipients, gathering contact information, etc.

Please sign the petition at this link:

http://www.petitiononline.com/295561me/petition.html
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The letter
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006, 05:40:16 PM »
To:  Nancy Reagan, President George Bush, Sr., Former Straight, Inc. Executives, Other Responsible Parties

Survivors of Straight Inc. gathered for a memorial service on November 11, 2006, which was held simultaneously in St. Petersburg, Florida and Springfield, Virginia. We assembled together to collectively remember those former clients of Straight. Inc. who have passed away. Some took their own lives shortly after enduring severe mistreatment and abuse while in Straight, Inc. Others committed suicide for unknown reasons or passed away due to various causes.

Feeling connected to one another by our common traumatic experience in Straight, Inc., Survivors also joined together to acknowledge our personal loss and the pain and suffering stemming from that horrifying ordeal. Many of us lost our integrity, our innocence, our sense of self worth, our youth, our ability to trust others, our family relationships, etc. In addition, many of us still suffer from diagnosed psychological disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, severe depression, social phobias, panic disorders, etc. caused by our imprisonment in Straight, Inc. Many Survivors still endure vivid Straight, Inc. nightmares, can still hear the screams of children as they were abused, and cannot forget the abuse we personally endured or witnessed as vulnerable children.

We, the undersigned, Survivor?s of Straight, Inc., respectfully request public acknowledgement from you that Straight, Inc. unjustly committed various crimes, abused children, and utilized extremely unethical practices against innocent young clients, which included, but were not limited to the following:

1) Brainwashing (aka coercive thought reform);
2) Physical abuse;
3) Usage of illegal and or unethical restraints ? children routinely restrained children at the direction of staff for minor infractions (i.e. not motivating, not paying attention, etc.);
4) Unethical forms of extreme humiliation, including but not limited to; beltlooping, no privacy/watched while urinating, defecating, or bathing, motivating;
5) Food deprivation (ie. peanut butter diets, inadequate portions of food);
6) Sleep deprivation ? caused by unwarranted, prolonged daily group hours (12), other time spent in the building (up to at least 3 additional pre and/or post group hours), lengthy commuting time, and in many cases, due to intentionally withholding sleep as punishment for not ?cooperating? to coerce compliance;
7) Verbal abuse ? unduly harsh confrontational tactics that included swearing, screaming, yelling, spitting, belittling, humiliating, etc., a child in front of a large group of child clients;
8.) Sexual abuse;
9) Psychological abuse;
10) Coerced confessions;
11) Unjustifiable and lengthy isolation in intake and/or time out rooms;
12) Denial of necessary medical care;
13) Kidnapping;
14) False Imprisonment;
15) Accepting clients with little/no drug history (the so-called ?dry druggie? theory);
16) Employing uneducated, unprofessional teenage staff.

In addition to acknowledgement that the above-mentioned abuses, crimes, and unethical practices occurred, we respectfully request your formal apology for the following; allowing the abuse, unethical practices and crimes to continue for years, lending your name to, sponsoring, recommending, and/or endorsing Straight Inc., for sending children to Straight Inc., or for failing to properly and/or adequately oversee and monitor Straight, Inc.

We, the Survivors of Straight, Inc. are the walking wounded, but we walk with our heads held high as a community, determined to overcome the injustice we were forced to endure as children while held in Straight, Inc. We are all fighters who feel empowered by the strength we draw from each other. Many Straight, Inc. Survivors are also determined to be healthy, prosperous and productive adults and are resolved to heal and move on.

The community of Straight, Inc. survivors has taken many steps toward healing. Each of us has taken a different approach: some have sought therapy, many regularly communicate and lean on each other for support, and some participate in activities geared toward educating the public about harmful ?treatment? methods, etc. On November 11, 2006, we took another step by holding a memorial service to remember all who were lost. Yet closure is elusive. Receiving acknowledgement and the apology we are owed from those who once had the power to help us, but for whatever reason failed to protect us, would be a significant step toward resolving the flagrant injustice of Straight, Inc. and would facilitate our healing process.


Sincerely,

Straight, Inc. Survivors
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Re: The letter
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006, 07:17:54 PM »
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To:  Nancy Reagan, President George Bush, Sr., Former Straight, Inc. Executives, Other Responsible Parties

Survivors of Straight Inc. gathered for a memorial service on November 11, 2006, which was held simultaneously in St. Petersburg, Florida and Springfield, Virginia. We assembled together to collectively remember those former clients of Straight. Inc. who have passed away. Some took their own lives shortly after enduring severe mistreatment and abuse while in Straight, Inc. Others committed suicide for unknown reasons or passed away due to
Feeling connected to one another by our common traumatic experience in Straight, Inc.disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, severe depression, social phobias, panic disorders, etc. caused by our imprisonment in Straight, Inc. Many Survivors still endure vivid Straight, Inc. nightmares, can still hear the screams of children as they were abused,personally endured or witnessed as vulnerable children.

We, the undersigned, Survivor?s of Straight, Inc., respectfully request public acknowledgement from you that Straight, Inc. unjustly committed various crimes, abused children, and utilized extremely unethical practices against innocent young clients, which included, but were not limited to the following:

1) Brainwashing (aka coercive thought reform);
2) Physical abuse;
3) Usage of illegal and or unethical restraints ? children routinely restrained children at the direction of staff for minor infractions (i.e. not motivating, not paying attention, etc.);
4) Unethical forms of extreme humiliation, including but not limited to; beltlooping, no privacy/watched while urinating, defecating, or bathing, motivating;
5) Food deprivation (ie. peanut butter diets, inadequate portions of food);
6) Sleep deprivation ? caused by unwarranted, prolonged daily group hours (12), other time spent in the building (up to at least 3 additional pre and/or post group hours), lengthy commuting time, and in many cases, due to intentionally withholding sleep as punishment for not ?cooperating? to coerce compliance;
7) Verbal abuse ? unduly harsh confrontational tactics that included swearing, screaming, yelling, spitting, belittling, humiliating, etc., a child in front of a large group of child clients;
8.) Sexual abuse;
9) Psychological abuse;
10) Coerced confessions;
11) Unjustifiable and lengthy isolation in intake and/or time out rooms;
12) Denial of necessary medical care;
13) Kidnapping;
14) False Imprisonment;
15) Accepting clients with little/no drug history (the so-called ?dry druggie? theory);
16) Employing uneducated, unprofessional teenage staff.

In addition to acknowledgement that the above-mentioned abuses, crimes, and unethical practices occurred, we respectfully request your formal apology for the following; allowing the abuse, unethical practices and crimes to continue for years, lending your name to, sponsoring, recommending, and/or endorsing Straight Inc., for sending children to Straight Inc., or for failing to properly and/or adequately oversee and monitor Straight, Inc.



GOOD JOB. HERE IT COMES !

-S
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Re: The letter
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006, 08:53:34 PM »
BUMP THE'LA, 'LA
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Re: The letter
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006, 08:58:38 PM »
BUMP THE'LA, 'LA
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Re: The letter
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2006, 12:12:05 PM »
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BUMP THE'LA, 'LA
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Memorial Service - Letter Requesting an Apology- Please sign
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006, 06:06:21 PM »
Sorry? Sorry we tortured 10s of thousands of teens? Sorry a lot of them are still fucked in the head with mental illness problems? Sorry over 40 of them killed themselves because we never told them nor their parents we were practicing known thought reform techniques? Sorry for lying to the press about the child abuse over and over and over and over and over and over and over again ad nauseum? Sorry for aiding and abetting the continuation of Straight? Puh- LEEZE.
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Memorial Service - Letter Requesting an Apology- Please sign
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2006, 07:46:51 PM »
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Sorry? Sorry we tortured 10s of thousands of teens? Sorry a lot of them are still fucked in the head with mental illness problems? Sorry over 40 of them killed themselves because we never told them nor their parents we were practicing known thought reform techniques? Sorry for lying to the press about the child abuse over and over and over and over and over and over and over again ad nauseum? Sorry for aiding and abetting the continuation of Straight? Puh- LEEZE.

You are more than welcome to sign the petition and voice your opinion. Additional comments that add to, disagree with, or object to the petition in any way are encouraged.
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2006, 10:44:53 PM »
Sorry seems to be the hardest word.  :rofl:
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2006, 11:10:11 PM »
Personally, I'd be happy as hell if they'd just understand and acknowledge that BM is harmful, not helpful, and quit inflicting it on helpless others in the here and now.
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Memorial Service - Letter Requesting an Apology- Please sign
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2006, 01:24:07 PM »
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Quote from: ""Guest""
Sorry? Sorry we tortured 10s of thousands of teens? Sorry a lot of them are still fucked in the head with mental illness problems? Sorry over 40 of them killed themselves because we never told them nor their parents we were practicing known thought reform techniques? Sorry for lying to the press about the child abuse over and over and over and over and over and over and over again ad nauseum? Sorry for aiding and abetting the continuation of Straight? Puh- LEEZE.
You are more than welcome to sign the petition and voice your opinion. Additional comments that add to, disagree with, or object to the petition in any way are encouraged.


Well alright, that sounds fair.
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2006, 06:17:51 PM »
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Sorry? Sorry we tortured 10s of thousands of teens? Sorry a lot of them are still fucked in the head with mental illness problems? Sorry over 40 of them killed themselves because we never told them nor their parents we were practicing known thought reform techniques? Sorry for lying to the press about the child abuse over and over and over and over and over and over and over again ad nauseum? Sorry for aiding and abetting the continuation of Straight? Puh- LEEZE.


I FEEL U HOWEVER WE GOT 2 START SOMEWHERE.
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2006, 07:17:42 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2006, 01:44:30 PM »
I signed it yesterday. Felt great!
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2006, 01:58:43 PM »
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I think this letter is probably the most important thing I have ever read...

and really well written too, again thanks NCL for taking the time to do this for us...


And thanks to Dragonfly for his vision for the letter. Without his idea the letter would not exist!
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