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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


Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq Please immediately outlaw this brutal practice and end the suffering of thousands of innocent people. Thankyou
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2018 Tanja Stanfield This practice is barbaric! I cannot believe that anyone would think that it is acceptable! It has to stop now!
Jan 3, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 1, 2018 Mark Solomon This is the worst example of child abuse I’ve ever heard of.
Dec 30, 2017 Angela Newkand Horrific. I heard about this place a while ago and it has haunted me ever since. Pure evil nothing less .
Dec 29, 2017 Ruth Arndt
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Ashley Dunn
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed) This isnt right at all this not way to treat someone with austim .
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is a SICK practice! STOP!!!
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Griselda Lomas Stop this immediately, I’m a mother off 2 boys with ASD and I would never approve of this
Dec 28, 2017 Colleen Hoffman Those who do this to these young adults must not have child on the spectrum or any child with a disability ! Would they do this to gifted children who act too ? Hmm - prob not !
Dec 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop this abuse.
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) It's barbaric, and causes many ill effects, torture must be outlawed. Electric shock causes permanent damage to the electrical function of the brain. I have met a woman who went through it. it changed her forever, short term memory loss and much more!
Dec 19, 2017 Marva Mathis
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Shock aversive therapy CAUSES MANY MORE PROBLEMS than it solves - DON'T DO IT!!!
Dec 16, 2017 André Luis Costa
Dec 16, 2017 mike nehring
Dec 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Dec 13, 2017 patty langford BARBARIC!
Dec 3, 2017 Penelope Carter
Nov 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) This isn't therapy at all, it's torture plain and simple. We say we're civilized yet we torment, torture and mutilate our children with primitive "therapies" that have been proven to Not work. Where has our christian compassion gone?
Nov 26, 2017 Matthews Johnson Talk to Veteran Medical Center Director have a meeting at least once a week for Non Combat Veterans who has PTSD
Nov 22, 2017 Beverly Brzycki WTF!? I wasn't aware that we even used this anymore! What? Are still in the 1940s??
Nov 19, 2017 Kathleen Ramsey My son had high functioning Autism. I can't imagine my son being socked. I also work with preschool children with Autism..stop this torture. I say no to shock therapy
Nov 19, 2017 Jennifer lukeniuk
Nov 19, 2017 Andrea Gisele
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) This needs stopping asd is a disability its torture wat they doing disguisting 😡
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Heartbreaking
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Joan Edney THIS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED TO READ; Dear President Trump ...................
Nov 18, 2017 Kathryn Kasper This is appalling... I have 4kids with autism ranging from very severe to high functioning..
Nov 18, 2017 Pilimilose Letuli
Nov 18, 2017 Eryn Gracie Thornton
Nov 18, 2017 Sarah Needham No child whether they have autism or not should be treated this why. Just because they are ‘different’ doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings in fact they have very strong feels and some feel more pain than others. This needs to be stopped!!
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Annie Harrelson
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Robert McHenry Call your Representative and your Senators contract the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Veteran Disabled Benefit Law passed get the G4implants for free by a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist.
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.

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