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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / AARC
« on: June 01, 2001, 03:25:41 PM »
Hi everyone, W. Fagar told me about this list and suggested I introduce myself. I'm a "graduate" of AARC (Alberta Adolecent Recovery Center located in Calgary) and am told that some others have come here from it. I'm pretty scared about talking about it, but I'm sure it's something you've all been through. AARCville's a small world where everyone has their eyes on you all the time and they're ears open, so I feel as if they're reading this post in Open Meeting right now. Which come to think of it, they probably would do!

I've stumbled upon these pages and can't tell you how relieved I am to find them. I'd love to make it to the conference, but because of money I'm sure I won't be able too. I am however good at letter writing, and if any speaker would be willing to be a muse and read a letter about AARC at the conference, I would be glad to contribute.

Nice to meet every one of you.


Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Numbers
« on: August 01, 2001, 09:45:30 PM »
I'm curious about exactly how many kids have been through Straight, Kids, and the more recent versions of the program. Actually I'd really like to know all the way back to Synanon. Does anybody have an approximate figure for how many graduates or clients there have been in any of the branches? Or any clue how I could find out?


Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / stats
« on: September 01, 2001, 10:26:06 AM »
in the foreward for Captive Hearts and captive Minds, Michael D. Langone says about cults "There is about 5000 such groups in the united states - some large, some very small. Noted cult researcher and clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret thaler Singer estimates that about 10 to 20 million people have at some point in recent years have been in one or more of such groups.The national office of the cult awareness network reports that it recieves about 18,000 inquiries a year."

I beleive this was written in 93. Does anyone have any suggestions as to wear I could go for a recent estimate on cult victoms or suspicious groups? I will contact CAN...But ever since the scientologists bought it I find it a little odd....


Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / the 72 hour law
« on: August 02, 2001, 02:31:24 AM »
the 72 hour law
In ALberta there is a fairly new law called the 72 hour law. British Columbia has fiddled around with it, but I'm not positive if they are using it now.

The law allows any youth (I beleive they are using under 19) to be taken and improsned anywhere for 72 hours, and then they are given the right to leave. AARC has gained many youth this way and *surprise* none of them have left! This is supposed to be a sign that they like it there. lol.

The funny thing is that the attourney generals office wanted to meet with youth to vote on the law. I was invited, and due to a mix up and lack of caring to orginizing properly, I was the only youth. I was absolutley against it, and any treatment center taking away the rights of yoputh who are already suffering. They printed a small book about the study saying how I approved of it, it works, and the law should go through. Hmmmm.

On top of the risk of kids being sent to harmful treatment centers, there is the risk of youth who do not be in any facility, and who will then loose any trust in the system from then on. Also, for those who are heavily addicted or working for pimps, they will be sent out onto the streets in the worst part of their withdrawls, and they will probably be punished for their dissapearance. I'm absolutely sick right now with the way our government is working. I am not the only yoputh who has spoken against the 72 hour law, before and after. The majority was obviously against it, but 5 people on a pannel wanted it to go their own way.



Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Sugar and Flower
« on: July 01, 2001, 12:05:06 PM »
Sugar and Flower
Why were sugar and white flower not allowed at synanon/straight/Kids? Is it a cocaine thing?


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