Mitt Romney’s Special Interest

What do Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and the notorious Troubled Teen Industry have in common?… Sadly, quite a lot.

I wouldn’t consider myself a “Troubled Teen”… Well I guess you could call it that, but really I was just a head strong teenager diagnosed with ADD, and had more interest in socializing than doing homework. Sure, I drank alcohol on a few occasions and tried marijuana, but by age 15 I could still barely count all my uses on one hand. I wasn’t lost, and I certainly wasn’t hopeless, I was just growing up too fast and my single mother didn’t really know how to handle that. We fought all the time, over the silliest of things, so I ran away to live with my grandparents.

Casa By The Sea Ensenada, Mexico

At her “witt’s end” my mother, googled “Help my Teen” and what she found was a Teen Behavior Modification Program, or Therapeutic Boarding School as they are often referred to as today.  Through an educational consultant (EdCon), she was recommended to a program called Casa By The Sea in Ensenada Mexico owned by WWASP,  World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools or Teen Revitalization as it has become today. To this day I don’t blame her for her initial decision to reach out for help, but help isn’t what she found from WWASP… What she got was conned… and I was tortured.

The problem is Casa By the Sea wasn’t the only abusive school out there and WWASP, now Teen Revitalization, is only one of the Multi-Million dollar corporations that make up a The Troubled Teen Industry. The Troubled Teen Industry is a global term for any privately owned teen detention facility, (some that accept government grants), that operate a “Tough Love” system and utilize the infliction of stress, humiliation, pain, isolation and over exercising as punishment for punitive rule violations. These “residential treatment facilities” commonly utilize pseudo-scientific methods, hire unqualified staff and operate under no clinical standards or child protective regulations.

I know what your thinking… “That just sounds like a Military School/ Bootcamp” But what you don’t know is how far these people take the punishments, and to what length they will go to humiliate you, brainwash you, and break you down in order to send you back home, just grateful to still be alive. I was locked in dog cages for days, made to lay out on my face in the middle of the scorching desert sun, beaten unconscious and nearly drowned by a staff member who found a letter I wrote home describing the daily abuse. These people are child abusers, they are sick, they are perverted… and they are still operating programs today. Despite the multitude of allegations of abuse against the owners and current employees of the troubled teen industry, thousands of families are still getting sucked into these programs, controlled by fear, lies and the cult-like practices of a company who’s only real interest is to make an un-godly amount of money.

For over a decade now we have been monitoring and reporting on new abuses in the Troubled Teen Industry, so it’s no secret that abuse, both physical and sexual, as well as psychologically damaging practices are still being used in these facilities today. What you don’t know is why?… and how are these people STILL getting away with essentially torturing american children? To answer that, you need look no further than our front running Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney. To explain, why don’t I first give you a few facts…

Republican front runner, Mitt Romney profits from teen bootcamps that torture, brainwash and defraud.

In 2008, Mitt Romney ran for President, boasting a massive campaign budget he looked like a sure bet to stomp his way through to the top. However, this dream came to a swift end once the public found out that his financial co-chair Robert Lichfield, owner of WWASP is the primary defendant in a pending civil suit on behalf of over 350 plaintiffs suing for a long list of maltreatment including Assault, Willful Negligence, Sexual Abuse and Fraud. Around the same time a counselor from WWASP was found guilty of Assault and false imprisonment.

In light of this, Mitt Romney asked Lichfield to step down from his position and a statement was released by Ken Kay, President of then WWASP:

“Governor Romney has asked Mr. Lichfield to step down and not be involved in any more fundraising until the lawsuit is resolved in the positive, which we are confident will happen,” Kay said via e-mail to the Radar Magazine

Robert Lichfield owner of WWASP, Teen Revitalization and Cross Creek Programs

Mel Sembler, Mitt Romney’s current financial co-chair and one of Romney’s biggest contributors, is responsible for the starting of Straight Inc. one of the MOST notorious networks of involuntary drug rehabilitation centers which even in it’s closure in the early 90′s spawned the re-opening of multiple spin-off programs, (most closed, some still in operation today) all with the same “straight” model of brainwashing and all with the same systematic abuse. Today Straight has a new name, and a seemingly new direction, in it’s guise as the Drug Free America Foundation, as a republican Anti-Drug think tank.

In 2006, Romney’s own Bain Capitol, bought Aspen Education, The Parent company to another long list of notorious tough love schools, and “wilderness programs” who have countless reports of abuse and even death. At least one of which, Mount Bachelor Academy, has recently been subject to a lawsuit alleging emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Ann Romney Endorses Child Abuse

In 2011, at a campaign stop in Iowa, Mitt’s wife Ann Romney said working with “at risk” kids would be the cause she devotes herself to if she becomes first lady.

“At risk youth has been a concern of mine and love of mine for a lot of years,”

Even though she has acknowledged that abuse has and still does exist in the Troubled Teen Industry, she still intends to heard your kids on into these teen torture camps… and make some pretty decent money off it as well. All the while, her husband will be vetoing any legislations to reform and advocate for kids currently detained in these facilities. Giving these corporations all the power they need to silence their victims, continue draining the bank accounts of desperate parents and abusing their children.

Paul Babeu Director of DeSisto School

Another interesting connection to Romney and the Troubled Teen Industry is through another one of his former campaign co-chairs, Paul Babeu, who stepped down amidst a scandal involving a threat to deport his gay lover. However his truly scandalous past lies in his days as headmaster of the troubled teen program, DeSisto School. While Babeu escaped any charges for the multiple accounts of abuse by former students, he was found to be involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17 year old male student.

These people are running the scam of the century and our government is allowing them to do so with no accountability whatsoever. Not to mention, it’s all in the name of God… As Robert Lichfield, as a Mormon sees himself doing “God’s Work” and the survivors who oppose him as “evil” and fueled by Satan. ::eyeroll:: Which leads me to question where they are coming up with these assumptions that the programs have actually been successful at rehabilitating teens when no clinical studies or surveys have been done. I find it very hard to believe, especially when every survivor I have ever spoke to has said these places caused them harm and caused the relationships with their families to suffer. False advertising isn’t anything new for the troubled teen industry. These corporations have the money to buy themselves the best online marketing and provide you with some pretty convincing testimonials. Sometimes it’s even hard to tell the good programs from the bad ones but the facts remain, these places are still violating human rights and torturing american citizens. They need to be stopped, not given a pass by our government just because they have financial ties to Mitt Romney.

The question I now ask you is this… Can you vote for Mitt Romney knowing he profits from the torture of children and shows preference to special interests who have children’s blood on their hands?…

Please take a moment to follow the links within this post, and these following related links.

Romney, Torture and Teens

The Mitt Romney Troubled Teen Connection

Mitt Romney and the Company He Keeps

Brainwashing is Real and is Really NOT Therapy

List of Deaths in The Troubled Teen Industry

Authentic cruelty of a synthetic man. 


The Troubled Teen Industry

Prisoners for Profit of the Troubled Teen Industry

The “Troubled Teen Industry” is a secretly connected industry, that consists of a network of similarly structured Behavior Modification Programs that all claim to cure the modern teenager of their adolescent behavior. They use deceptive marketing tactics to con desperate parents into thinking that for the price of an Ivy League education they can send their kids away and they will return obedient and grateful for the experience. This is rarely true, and there have been numerous studies concluding that aversive behavioral control is  rarely effective and can very well cause more harm than good. None of these facilities are regulated by the government and are commonly unlicensed and unaccredited by any state or federal organization. This lack of over site has proven to encourage violence by staff and the inhumane treatment that has been embedded in the very core of the behavior modification system since its conception.

Many former students have spoken out about their experience at one of the many schools associated with various umbrella corporations or separately owned facilities and no matter what state or country these schools are built in they have always shared a common ground of abuse and maltreatment. The staff are hired off the streets, completely unqualified to be working with teens. The “treatment” is not medically approved and employs many psychologically damaging processes including attack therapy, dehumanizing rules, fear, intimidation and physical abuse. Both parents and teens are subjected to brainwashing tactics that greatly parallel the tactics of a full fledged cult. Commonly, the out come is exactly that, in many cases the  parents develop a blind loyalty to the program in belief that if their child does not complete the program they will end up “dead, insane or in jail”. This misplaced trust has served time and again to excuse these facility owners of responsibility for the many crimes committed against these children. Almost as if the program were designed specifically to escape legal liability.

Today there is absolutely no excuse for parents to be swindled into these teen torture cults, the evidence of wrong doing has been made all too clear. In the last few years alone there have been many schools shut down and criminal charges brought against their owners. There are hundreds of websites out there warning parents of the dangers, there are dozens of advocacy organizations dedicating their lives to this cause and there are countless program survivors all living with the haunting experiences of a stolen youth.

Children laying in dog cages in High Impact, Mexico

What kind of a free country do we live in if we can’t put a stop to this? If there is anything I have learned it is that if we don’t fight for them no one else will, it is up to us, the survivors, the parents, the teachers and the friends to speak up, to take action and to do everything it takes to help anyone involved with a behavior modification program (or residential treatment program) to understand the reality of the “tough love” system and the risks of placing a child in an unregulated program.

Don’t be fooled, these programs have excellent marketing strategies, they have cornered the online market, they go by different names, and describe themselves as different kinds of programs, but the “Tough Love” system remains at its core shroud in abuse, deception and incompetence. Until the abusive practices of the Tough Love Programs have been legally abolished, and the government has stepped in to provide comprehensive regulation, Parents must be very wary of this industry as a whole. When the very people who have repeatably abused children in the past are free to open up their own programs under different names and deny affiliation with the companies they helped make notorious for abuse the question is how do you know who you can trust? How do you see through the deceptive marketing, see past the brand new buildings and get a glimpse of the torture going on behind the walls? How do you see through the facade of the children who say they are fine despite the fact that they are dying to tell you the truth, but know they will be severely punished if they do. The problem is that it is very difficult and all you can do is arm yourself with the knowledge of the past, ask the right questions and never allow yourself to fall for false promises that are near impossible for any institution to keep.

Children forced to lay in stress positions in Tranquility Bay

In the following blogs I will elaborate on the MANY MANY issues of the Troubled Teen Industry, including where these programs came from and their notorious techniques of abuse and mind control. For anyone looking to do their own research please feel free to follow any of these links, many of these sites have a wealth of information including articles, books, published research and survivor testimony. You can also get involved in the cause by supporting organizations that are working to influence our government concerning the issues of the Troubled Teen Industry. For anyone who has had an experience at a troubled teen program there are many outlets for survivors to find support and stay up to date with the progress of this cause. My heart goes out to anyone effected by the Troubled Teen Industry, I know how hard it can be to cope, and would be happy to offer support to anyone in need. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions, or leave a comment to suggest subjects you may like to see me blog about next.

For more information please visit these great sites:

Secret Prisons For Teens Blog

Secret Prisons For Teens / Fornits Wiki (currently down but hopefully coming back up)


Myspace and Facebook Groups

Myspace WWASP Survivors

Stop WWASP Facebook

CAFETY Myspace


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