The Children’s Village located in Dobbs Ferry, New York since 1901 has a dark evil past which is now about to be revealed. It was named New York Juvenile Asylum before. Many lawsuits concerning alleged sexual abuse have emerged. Investigation into the matter is still ongoing here in 2021.
The facility has existed since 1851. More recent cases shows that there had been problems as late as in 2006.
Some acts of abuse were made by former employees, others by former children placed at the facility and the management did according to the lawsuit not address the problems.
It could not have been fun to be placed there as a child.
A group home located in Westminster, Vermont has been forced to surrender its license due to a number of issues. They failed to report sexual abuse within 24 hours as mandated by law.
April 2019 a girl was forced to have sex with male classmate. Nine boys who were residents of Kurn Hattin “had been engaging in sexualized activity with each other.” according to an article. In the past it was even worse: Documents, social media posts and interviews with victims detail how more than 60 children who came from disadvantaged homes were allegedly assaulted from the 1940s through 2019. Eerily similar patterns of sexual, physical and psychological abuse were covered up for decades, victims say.
Children as young as 7 years old have said they were molested by Kurn Hattin caregivers, administrators or peers.
It was too late to change the general approach at the facility, so it was decided that the group home should no longer operate and close down.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Under state pressure, Kurn Hattin gives up license (VT Digger)
- ‘Culture of abuse’ alleged at Kurn Hattin over 80 years (VT Digger)
- Kurn Hattin Home Students Report Sexual Abuse (Sibley Dolman Gipe)
Founded in 1893 as a reform school, it was converted into an orphanages in 1923. Up til around the early 1970’s the management used not alone corporal punishment but also beatings to an extend so it was abuse. None of the adults were charged when the facility went through a reform in the early 1970’s in order to avoid a scandal because the state had neglected its oversight and supervision of the facility.
In 2019 prime minister Mette Frederiksen apologized on behalf of the state of Denmark for failed actions to intervene in the past.
The number of children staying at the facility were reduced and the children got their own rooms. For a number of decades everything then sounded fine.
But in 2021 news came that the facility failed to reports incidents where they had restrained the children which is against the laws in Denmark as every case where children are restrained has to be reported to the state authorities in order to evaluate the use of restraints and learn how to prevent them in the future.
It functioned as inspiration for the movie “Der kommer en dag” (The day will come)
It could not be fun to be there as child in the past and not now either as there is a reason for the mandatory reports to be made.
- Magtanvendelser mod anbragte børn og unge bliver ikke indberettet (TV2 News – in Danish language)
- Rørt Mette Frederiksen til Godhavnsdrengene: På vegne af Danmark, undskyld (Danmarks Radio – in Danish language)
- Danish PM apologises for historical abuse in children’s homes (BBC)
- Der kommer en dag (Internet Movie Database)
Aaløkkegaard was a children orphanages located in Odense. It existed until 1955 when it was closed for reasons, I have not been able to obtain information about.
From 1955 to 1980 the facility now under new management was a kind of boarding school. The abuse mentioned in various articles happened when it was an orphanages (between 1920 and 1955).
Today the building house ordinary apartments.
According to an article on TV2 Fyn men from the higher circles in Odense could rent a child at the home for a short time so they could fulfill personal needs which almost every time was not in the interest of the child. Beatings, sexual abuse is among the issues mentioned in the article.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Tæsk, bank og voldtægt: Brutale børnehjemsminder bliver til teater (Danmarks Radio – in Danish language)
- Vidne fra børnehjem: Voldtægt var hverdag (TV2 Fyn)
The Woodland Hills Youth Development Center is a detention center in Tennessee. A number of articles paint a not so bright picture of the facility. Riots, improper relationships between employees and the young detainees, sexual abuse and some of the children running away.
It course it is a prison. It is supposed to be a place where the youth can be held while the society tries to make them good citizens again. But with all those things happening there, they might turn out worse compared to when they went in.
It is not supposed be a fun place to be as a teenager but it is far worse as it should be.
Spring Ridge Academy located in Mayer, Spring Valley, Arizona. The facility is targeted by a lawsuit.
A former student wrote on Google:
I was forced to attend this ‘school’ over 20 years ago now. I still feel traumatized. Parents: Do NOT send your child here just because things are difficult. Research ‘troubled teen industry’ scams and the effects of parental abandonment during your teen’s formative years before you do this. I’m grown now, and I still can’t forgive my parents for doing this to me; we haven’t spoken in almost 10 years. This was one of the most awful experiences I endured growing up. Please find another way.
Her experience seems to be very much in line with testimonies from other former students.
The founder Jeannie Courtney used to work at a WWASP facility – Cross Crook in Utah which is also mentioned in this blog.
- Lawsuit Complaint Against Spring Ridge Academy for Negligence, Fraud, and RICO Violation (SCRIBD)
- SH at Spring Creek Academy (Tales from the Black School victim testimonial blog)
- Spring Ridge Academy feedbacks from Niche (Fighting Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICANetwork.net)
In 2021 people gathered to protest against Solstice East – a residential treatment center located in Weaverville, North Carolina. Since 2020 there have been a lot of focus on the long-term consequences of having been placed in a restricted hospital setting while underaged. An article speak of extensive use of isolation rooms.
A report from 2020 made by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation was very critical of the facility. The facility was given a number of issues, they should work on.
If a facility does not comply with state standards it means that it does not sound like fun to be there as a teenager.
- Survivors Protest to Shut Down Solstice East Troubled Teen Facility Following Release of Disturbing Child Abuse Investigation Report (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- How a stay at Solstice East RTC felt – by “couchland_prevails” (When Far from Home – victim testimonial blog)
- The Truth About Solstice East / West (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- You’d hear girls screaming, crying.’ Former clients, state allege abuses at Solstice East (Citizen Times)
Children at the Eliada Children’s Home has been removed by the state authorities. Their license were suspended meaning that the children must be removed to protect their safety.
An article mentions that three children were reported injured in “serious occurrences” in the facility over just one weekend.
Furthermore in a three-month span from November 2018 through January 2019, documents say, there were 81 cases of Eliada employees using “restrictive interventions” with clients. That is a clear sign that the employees were not trained to talk to the children in a way where such actions could be prevented.
It could not be fun to have been placed at the facility as a teenager.
A group home in the Powell area is mentioned in newspaper articles. The owner has been charged child endangering because one of the residents suffered a frostbite. Whether he owner sought medical attendance at once or delayed it as the police sees it, is purely a legal question for the courts to decide.
But setting up the conditions which led to the resident getting the frostbite, is the responsibility of the group home. If the conditions are that harsh, the boys should not be allowed activities outside.
The facility was started by a employee who used to work for Mouth Carmel (which is also mentioned in this blog)
That could not be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite (Powell Tribune)
- Mount Carmel has struggled to keep staffers and strike educational balance (The Billing Gazette Wyoming Bureau)
- Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
The Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has been hit with a lot of negative press coverage as result of photos leaking from the prison showing children in shackles and forced to have their heads covered by hoods. In year 2000 a boy died there.
Plans have been made to close the detention centre down but it has not been implemented yet. Maybe the authorities believe that the entire matter would be forgotten once other media topics take the front pages over. All the inmates lately seems to be Aboriginal.
Australia have recently introduced legislation to prevent foreign NGO from taking interest in the facility because they demand that social media like Facebook that activists use as communication have to pay too much for quoting articles from Australian newspapers, so this tool can no longer be used to inform people abroad about conditions in Australia.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.