Petition Tag - institutional child abuse

1. Straight, Inc. Survivor's Letter Requesting Acknowledgement and an Apology

Related links with more information, documents, survivor accounts, media coverage, etc. about Straight Inc.

http://survivingstraightinc.com/home

"Straight, Inc. (1976-1993) publicly claimed to rehabilitate teenage drug users by using tough love and Alcoholics Anonymous principles. Straight, Inc. provided NO professional counseling: Straight, Inc.'s "treatment model" relied exclusively on "positive peer pressure" from unprofessional staff (program graduates) and from the teenage clients. Straight, Inc. claimed to have an astronomically high success rate and was supported by both the Reagan and Bush administrations."

"However, Straight, Inc. did not publicly reveal what many survivors will tell you. The REAL Straight, Inc. was a facility that used coercive thought reform (aka mind control, brainwashing), public humiliation, sleep & food deprivation, extremely harsh confrontational tactics, kidnapping, isolation and emotional, mental, psychological, verbal and physical abuse to forcibly break us down then remold us in the Straight, Inc. image. Straight, Inc. also operated in secrecy, just like a cult (Straight, Inc. has been listed on at least 2 cult expert websites). No outsiders were ever permitted to know what really went on. Straight's rules and our fear of harsh punishment prevented us from talking to outsiders or from reporting abuses."

More links:

http://survivingstraightinc.com/newspaper__magazine_articles_covering_straight_inc_1976-1993

http://survivingstraightinc.com/document_library

http://survivingstraightinc.com/straight_articles_and_information - lots of articles, books, radio shows, etc. here written by journalists, cult and drug war experts, addictions experts, etc.

Also, here is a link to the petition that was posted on another site - the old version has technical difficulties that cannot be repaired - 583 signatures collected there.

http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/295561me/signatures