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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


Jun 26, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop the abuse!!
Jun 24, 2017 Jan Churchill Shocking !!!!
Jun 23, 2017 Michelle Sizemore I do not condone this kind of therapy in any way.
Jun 23, 2017 Jessica Ault
Jun 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2017 Danielle Hensley I work with the ASD community. No one should ever be shocked, no matter what the reason.
Jun 22, 2017 Keely Gililland This isn't therapy!I can't believe they can get away with treating kids like me this way
Jun 22, 2017 Catherine Matthews
Jun 22, 2017 Maranda Lane This is wrong on so many levels and it breaks my heart. My step son is autistic and it would be a cold day in hell before this ever happened to him
Jun 22, 2017 Hayley Matthews
Jun 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Jennifer Laliberty
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Stacey DAMKOHLER This is abusive and inhumane!!!!
Jun 21, 2017 Kerry Walters
Jun 21, 2017 Connie Morgret
Jun 21, 2017 Billiejo Cruz This is horrible, close this institution down.
Jun 21, 2017 Alonna Hubbard
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Barbaric practice. This should not be used PERIOD, much less on anyone with ASD!!! This school is run by people who have no idea what they are doing. CLOSE IT DOWN NOW.
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Zack Blades What heartless man would shock a kid like me
Jun 21, 2017 Tiffany Salyers
Jun 21, 2017 Donna McDonagh
Jun 21, 2017 Marisol Castellanos
Jun 21, 2017 Mariluz Lopez This is extremely abusive to our kids. They can't said NO so the school abuse their power over them. STOP STOP STOP
Jun 21, 2017 Kaytlyn Rackley PLEASE STOP THIS NOW!
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Karen Cordova For the love of God STOP this. These poor children and adults.
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is torture not therapy.
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Jennifer Futral Electroshock therapy should be outlawed! It's cruel and it's considered torture!
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Jennifer Priestley This needs to stop now!!
Jun 21, 2017 Kathy nash This needs to be stopped
Jun 21, 2017 Brandy Bridges
Jun 21, 2017 Maria Healy This is treating them like animals! Not necessary with all the other progress with programming. Shame on those therapists.
Jun 21, 2017 Angela Birley This isn't right and needs to be stopped please don't allow people to show such cruelty to our younger generations please put the place down and shock the teachers with same treatment they give their students
Jun 21, 2017 Paul Thorburn Absolute disgracefully practice to be using on our loved ones 😡😡😡😡
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 nina martin PURE EVlL
Jun 21, 2017 Louise Ross This is barbaric and should be banned straight away!!!! There are other ways to help these children and young adults without using pain and fear. How this is allowed in the 21st century is beyond me. I'm so angry and upset!
Jun 21, 2017 Michelle Hayes This is distressing I could never put my autistic daughter in a place like this no matter how desperate I get it's cruel. It needs to stop
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Sue Barned
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Shonda Encalada How could any person think this type of torture is ok? I hope they close down. No one deserves this treatment.
Jun 20, 2017 Jenna Lowe Disgusting archaic treatment!
Jun 20, 2017 Tonya Morgan I have a child with autism, and I would never ever do this to him. This is just sick. Autism is an on going never ending disorder that people live with for a lifetime. More focus should be spent on teaching them life skills to get through life.
Jun 20, 2017 Araxi Tamazyan

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