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. 


About Stand4Them

I am a survivor of a WWASP "Tough Love" program called Casa By the Sea and a boot camp called High Impact located in Ensenada, Mexico. Because of my experience I feel compelled to advocate for the kids currently held in these programs and demand change in the troubled teen industry. Parents who are desperate and looking for help for their kids shouldn't have to fear being conned and their children being abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them in their time of need. With so many marketing sites, lies and fraudulent claims of qualifications it's hard for anyone to tell the difference between the bad programs and those who might actually help. For more information and assistance in pinpointing the red flags of an abusive program please refer to the WWASP Survivors Red Flags List View all posts by Stand4Them

9 responses to “Mitt Romney’s Special Interest

  • James Z

    I’m a Casa by The Sea abuse survivor as well, and my experience is like summer school when compared to what some children were subjected to. High Impact, Tranquility Bay, Paradise Cove… Straight inc… all of these places where children were and are literally tortured, forced to sleep in dog cages, eat their own vomit, restricted from bathroom use and basic sanitation facilities, and almost universally deprived of basic civil and human rights…. All of the places I just mentioned are directly linked to Mitt Romney. He has not only accepted money from the owners of these places, but actually given them important positions on his campaigns!

  • Kristin

    I ran away from Mount Bachelor Academy in 1995…I wouldn’t allow myself to be brainwashed.

  • Anonymous

    Bet thouse troubled teens don’t mess up no more. What are we supposed to do when these little bastards go crazy? Let it happen? No that’s right, “find a better way…” Which is???? I’m waiting….no answer huh. That’s why this world is in the shitty condition its in. Nobody is being held accountable for their actions. You mess up, you get in trouble. Thanks for your success stories girls…….way to be.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I know plenty of people who have relapsed after the program. There are better ways of dealing with troubled teens other than sending them off. It’s all up to the parents on how they deal with their kids. They can spend more time with their kids, actually listen to what they have to say, put them in after school programs, put them in karate, dance, something… I believe teens act out because they don’t get enough attention from
      their parents. Teens aren’t the reason why this world is so messed up. It’s EVERYONE.

  • Freya Sanders

    Dear Anonymous,

    It is extremely challenging to take you’re ridiculous statements seriously when your grasp on the English language is so mediocre. I think you are just trying to jump into a subject you don’t understand, and clearly aren’t capable of understanding, and act like you know all. You don’t. If you aren’t willing to put your name behind what you’re saying, then you have no business saying it. Empty words and blank nonexistent face…that’s all you are.

  • Gloria Wolfe

    Dear anonymous,
    I went to Casa and it was awfull. My mother gave me plenty of attention and so did my Dad. I bet you are not a percent and if you are it sounds like your idea of good discipline for a child might fall in line with things like water boarding and spanking with an iron rod not the palm of you hand. These places deny medical treatment until the last minute and there were pandemics there of illnesses and food poisoning! If the place was so pleasant why were kids leaping of the roof tops? Why did a girl,I witnessed this, leap of the ten foot tall wall surrounding the place only to plumit about fifteen on the other side and break both hips? That girl was put immediately into the position pictured above for two days before she was allowed to go to the hospital…this place sounds like fun huh? If you can’t control you kid alone and have funds for a place like that why not get counseling or send the kid to a military school like Admeral Fargot?! They are not only structured but hard on the kids with out true torture. I am now a mom and wife, after Casa it took a few years to un shock my emotions. My husband says I am not normal in social situations still….seven years after marriage…but that I have improved. He says that I lack basic social skills and I have noticed a few Casa kids the Sam way. I lost der friends to suicide because of Casas ever lasting traumatic effect and grip on them. This type of place isn’t for children and I bet if we treated dogs like they treated us,handing out unmarked meds,emotionally an psychologically abusing them,treating them at an unregistered “doctors” office, feeding them food that wasn’t cooked all the way,denying simple medical treatment,and molesting them and/or sexually assaulting them, it would’ve been shut down sooner and all over he news. Do ourselves a favor before criticizing us, go take a moment to watch a documentary by PBS called “Who’s Watching Your Kids?” it has video of a WWASP kid being beaten to death by staff for no reason,a news story about a boy who died in AZ due to beig denied food an water while forced to spend his days outside standing in the AZ sun n the middle of summer and talks about a Gil who lept from the second story o building to kill herself,which she succeeded, and they say she tripped on hoe laces but I’m sorry h lower levels only wore flip flos so how oes that work? So o on get educated huny so u don’t look lie such and ignorant and insensitive person.

    Yours Truely,
    Gloria Wolfe (or in your words a Casa bastard)
    Have a nice day 🙂

  • Kimberly Williams Fernandez

    It’s ALL true… I am a survivor of Stright, Inc. I was tortured, sleep deprived, restrained and ultimately brainwashed. I’m now a 39 year old woman with PTSD thanks to THEM. Please everyone just follow the links! This has to somehow STOP! Children are still being abused and Romney is all over this. Watch out for Mel Sembler!

  • Wayne Kernochan

    Dear Anonymous,

    Kiss my ass

  • JP

    I went to Mount Bachelor Academy and have lost several friends who went there to overdose or suicide. The lasting affects of the torture that I endured there will haunt me forever.

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