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The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) — a special needs school in Canton, Massachusetts — systemically utilizes shock aversive therapy to restrain students who they deem are acting out. These painful treatments are nothing less than torture. Four years after the FDA's request and JRC's non-compliance, more children are speaking out and the Center is now being investigated by the Justice Department.

Video footage has been made public of a teen strapped face-down to a gurney and being shocked over 30 times. Following the "therapy" session, the teen was diagnosed with acute stress and suffered long-term physical distress.

Most recently another patient has spoken out about burns and scars and suspected seizures that have resulted from the therapy.

How is this legal? These forms of torture are grave human rights offenses that cannot be allowed to continue, and it's so serious that we need the president to step in.

Ask President Obama to take swift action against JRC and to immediately outlaw the practice of shock aversive therapy.

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Dear President Obama,

I need to call your attention to a brutal practice that's taking place at a special needs school in Massachusetts called the Judge Rotenberg Center.

JRC utilizes shock aversive therapy as a means of controlling the behavior of its special needs students. Recently a video was made public that featured a teenager being tortured by JRC teachers for hours. Following the session, the student developed acute stress and long-term physical implications.

How this type of torture could still be acceptable is beyond me. Special needs students should be nurtured and encouraged — not brutally tormented in ways that only hurt them more.

I need you to step in and bring justice to these poor families who are dealing with the aftermath of shock aversive therapy. I need you to call JRC onto the chopping block and make all who were involved answer for their actions. And I need you to create legislation that would prevent further suffering on the part of special needs children.

Please do what you can to make sure our special needs students are receiving proper care and education.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


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Nov 11, 2017 Katie Roberts
Nov 5, 2017 Phyllis Dupret
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 2, 2017 Paula Crawford How about a few shock therapy sessions for JRC.
Nov 1, 2017 Karen Douglas
Nov 1, 2017 penni Herrick
Oct 31, 2017 Sandra Owens
Oct 31, 2017 (Name not displayed) Torture and child abuse without question and the parents and school should be held responsible and accountable
Oct 30, 2017 Laura Kattreh I have niece's and nephew's with autism. I would not ever want them to go through this or any pain or abuse. OUTRAGEOUS!
Oct 30, 2017 Pauline Brechlin This is ridiculous and uncalled for!! This is abuse!!! These people have feelings and should never be treated in this manner!!This needs to stop!!
Oct 30, 2017 Misty Parr
Oct 29, 2017 Jose Fernandez Call your Representative and your Senators contract the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a Veteran Disabled Benefit Law who is collected 100 percent service connected definitely need to have G4implants get the G4implants for free Semper Fi.
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
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Oct 15, 2017 Luciane Hatadani
Oct 14, 2017 Charles McIntyre
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2017 Kamile Balciunaite
Oct 6, 2017 Adriana Ortiz
Oct 5, 2017 Rachel Friel
Oct 5, 2017 Natasha Andishi
Oct 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2017 Jasmin Perez ANGER DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE FEELING!!!!!!
Oct 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2017 Mary Lafferty Sad 😭 this is not gods way
Oct 3, 2017 Laura Kulak Inhumane... hook them up to it. Lets see how fast they change their minds.
Oct 3, 2017 Misha Niklaus
Oct 3, 2017 Patricia Uhr How this type of torture is considered a "remedy" for Autism is beyond me.
Oct 3, 2017 Robert Clatworthy What a barbaric treatment. Ive seen what it does to patients, its horrific
Oct 3, 2017 Angela Ossler Absolutely terrible! This is surely abuse! I would NEVER allow anyone to do this to my son. You can't cure autism and this is not therapy.
Sep 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) Disgraceful, Barbaric
Sep 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Barbaric
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2017 Alicja Bożek
Aug 29, 2017 Debra Keating This is horrible. It needs to stop immediately.
Aug 29, 2017 Lisa Belanger
Aug 26, 2017 Natalie williams Mother of an autistic 10 year old boy
Aug 26, 2017 Amanda Codd Stop this torture at once!
Aug 26, 2017 Kevin Miron Terrible Abuse
Aug 26, 2017 Christina Lycke You can't shock autism away. Barbaric!
Aug 26, 2017 Peter Smith This is absolutely medieval and should be banned immediately! My son has core autism highlighted this to me and I'm shocked that this tortuous treatment operates in this day and age! Absolute disgrace for a modern society! Ban it!!!
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Karen Ackman
Aug 25, 2017 Marc Castro This is not the dark ages. Should be banned.
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Judge Rotenberg Center's short cut of utilizing shock aversive theray (SAT) negates their purpose. Special needs means extra time and care in learning with a body system that doesn't work like most. Mercy, compassion and re-education, please

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