I received this in my email and I'm FURIOUS! I'm in tears. I signed the petition weeks if not months ago to STOP THIS TORTURE of children and disabled children at that. I mean the defenseless of the defenseless. Look at Rachel, just SEEING the device that activates the shock treatment was enough to make her whine and try to get away. POOR BABIES.
This is hard for me to say, but on Wednesday, the leadership of the Massachusetts House of Representatives chose not to support a bill that would ban the use of electric shocks on disabled people in the state. Massachusetts is the only state in the country where this still takes place.I started my petition after I saw this abuse firsthand as a teacher's aide at the Judge Rotenberg Center. I had no idea that you and more than 250,000 others would join me, and together demand Massachusetts lawmakers stop the abuse of my former students -- thank you.Even though this bill didn't pass, I'm incredibly proud of the attention we've brought to the abuse taking place at the JRC. Here are some of the things that we've accomplished:
- The United Nations has announced that they are now investigating the JRC's use of electric shocks to see if they meet the international guidelines for torture.
- Anderson Cooper exposed that the JRC has been misleading the public about having FDA approval for its electric shock machines, and the campaign has been covered by media from CNN to Fox News.
- More than 30 human rights and disability organizations came out in support of our efforts.It was always going to be a hard fight -- the JRC spent millions of dollars on lawyers, lobbyists and public relations professionals to influence these lawmakers. But thanks to your support, the world knows what goes on in Canton, Massachusetts, and the JRC won’t be able to escape scrutiny like before.