As a private aside, (I'm not sure if you feel up to dealing with it, or talking about it) BBC news has an article today about a guy who takes kids to youth camps for a living, and it plays him up like he's a martyr or a hero. It made me sick, I couldn't read the whole thing, so I doubt you would want to. But it's so one-sided and there is almost no talk of the damage these people and these places do to kids. As a survivor I thought you might want to take them to task on it.
yeah, jesus, i’m looking at it now, and this is disgusting.this man is complicit in hideous child abuse that will have lasting scars for every child he’s “helped.” the work he describes is essentially kidnapping, and the “horror stories” of children attempting to fight back are literally children attempting to defend themselves from a strange, huge man who has come unnamed and unmentioned into their home and is attempting to take them out of it by force (sometimes with zip-tie cuffs) and stuff them in a van. a number of the children i was imprisoned with were brought to our camp under similar circumstances, and it was traumatic to the point that one girl was catatonic for a day afterward.
these “wilderness camps” have ugly body counts. they generally lead to long term imprisonment in “boarding schools” and programs like mine (military living,) where abuse, injury, rape, and death are even more frequent. you’ll note that this man delivers children to utah programs, primarily — this is because utah has extremely lax laws and oversight of such programs, and also because the mormon church (yes, really) is heavily involved in the extremely lucrative business of “troubled teen” programs.
there have been a number of studies and investigations done into these programs. you can read some details here, as well as some survivor accounts, if you’d rather hear from someone other than me. here are accounts from parents, who universally report being lied to about the programs, their usefulness, and their children’s health and safety. a number of these parents’ children died in a facility.
as a survivor, i am extremely disgusting that the bbc has chosen to lovingly profile a man who is grinningly and proudly complicit in the rape, abuse, and death of children.
my mom told me that in high school she use to get boyfriends at the beginning of February so they had enough time to get her a valentines day gift and then break up with them the day after and just keep the gift and one day she told her parents about it and they made her keep her boyfriend at least until the end of February and so she did and that boy is now my dad
how have so many academics basically become “how do you expect to survive in the real world” internet trolls re: trigger warnings
how many op ed pieces do you need to write in order to exhaust your need to whine about being asked to say smth like “this book has ____ in it jsyk”
the fact that several radical~ academics have expressed support for internet troll level of hostility towards trigger warning just goes to show that a) making their work accessible was never one of their main concerns (since tws are an accessibility issue), b) they’re very invested in maintaining classroom dynamics in which they have all the power and students can’t make any kind of decisions about how they learn (by asking your teacher to teach you in a different, more effective way, you’re threatening their “academic freedom”) and c) they never cared about disabled students specifically and probably said no to students asking for other kinds of reasonable accommodations in the past
they just keep talking around and around the subject without acknowledging this: trigger warnings are easy and not an inconvenience. they work well in real life. case in point: i took a class to get my responsible vendors license, it allows me to legally serve alcohol. part of that training is discussing deaths from drunk driving. at the beginning of the segment the instructor said, “i know losing someone in this way is common and discussing it can be personal and painful, so i wanted to let you all know that’s what we’re doing now and if it’s too upsetting please feel free to do whatever you need for the next few minutes.” he was nice about it, made everyone comfortable, no one took advantage of the out but the vibe was that it would have been really totally okay if we had, and we went on. i was struck by how considerate of a thing that was from a guy who is just spending an hour teaching us about serving beer and how to tell if someone is drunk. he wanted us to be comfortable so we could learn. sounds like a better teacher than some of these professors.
the glorification of kurt cobain and demonization of courtney love is so discouraging but a reminder that if you’re a man and you’re an abrasive, provocative, drug-addled musician then you’re the voice of a generation but if you’re all of those things and a woman, you’re a junkie succubus
When researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of Washington observed young people’s behavior in bars, they found that the man’s aggressiveness didn’t match his level of intoxication. There was no relationship.
“This person took meticulous time destroying EVERYTHING that was important to me; everything that I have worked very hard for all my life. He destroyed the plumbing and heating system in the building. He then completely destroyed all my medical equipment, ripping apart, breaking every glass object, bending, stabbing knives into or punching hammer holes into, and then methodically cutting and sticking knife holes into the faces of my friends and family, including pictures of my baby grandson. In my opinion, this is NOT the act of someone who was ‘high’ and didn’t know what he was doing, but rather someone who knew EXACTLY what he was doing.”—
Dr. Susan Cahill’s health clinic, All Families Health Care, was destroyed last week by Zachary Klundt, son of a board member for Hope Pregnancy Ministries, an anti-abortion organization.