Oxbow Academy is a so-called Porn School where teenage boys who have been caught by their parents can send their children if the watching of porn is so against the parents strict religious viewpoint that they feel that they cannot get their family life to work again.
The teenagers are restricted from normal Internet use and communication with peers are also restricted.
It cannot be fun to be there as a male teenager with normal physical needs.
- Lie detector tests, a ban on phones and hours of therapy… Inside the boot camp that treats boys as young as 13 addicted to online porn
- ‘Porn School’: Desert boot camp helps teens beat internet porn addiction with chores, horse riding, lie detectors (w/pics) (FARK Message board)
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is a so-called wilderness program operating in Utah. It was founded under anohter name and changed name some years later. The teenagers are forced there. Often they prevent one parent from seeing the children if the other parent has paid for the stay. A father wrote on a meassage board:
My wife had my son kidnapped and sent to Outback Therapeutic Expedition even though I have joint custody. I went to Utah to try to get him back but Outback made it clear that they would require me to file a lawsuit in Utah to get him back. I couldn’t afford to do that. They had cooperated with my wife in hiding him from me in the wilderness and I had no way of finding him.
Outback Therapeutic Expedition knew they were helping to use him as a weapon. There had been no psych eval before he was sent out there, and even when they had one done by their pet Psychologist, the only diagnosis they came up with to keep him was Depression Not Otherwise Specified.
In my opinion, the people at Outback Therapeutic Expedition should be put in Jail.
It cannot be forced to be there and being denied access to a parent.
The number of runaways from the Realations Group Home in Tulsa seems to send a message that there is too many children for the numbers of employees to handle. Many runaway attempts and two death are the result of understaffing.
There are ideas about relocating the facility to the countryside but what should that change? If there is not enough employees at hand the children will still wander off and be killed in the nature instead of the traffic.
It cannot be fun to be there as a child.
Lincoln Hills in Irma is a youth prison. However the conditions in the prison makes any punishment worse than the courts decided. The question is whether it is the courts or the prison employees who decide on how severe a punishment should be. In Wisconsin it is the prison employees. In the rest of the civilized world it is the courts.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager being the victim of punishments decided by a random prison ward.
The Christian Children’s Ranch in Eagle was mentioned in the news in 2015. The authorities arrested the owners and charged them with sexual battery on a minor and sexual abuse of a child.
The organization which ran the ranch was very quick to distance themselves from the couple. However such a small place shouldn’t require very much oversight to the question everybody ask themselves is whether the management did their duties they are required to perform when dealing the teenagers.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Idaho couple who ran church youth home played sexual truth or dare, molested teen residents: prosecutor (New York Daily News)
- Child abuse case casts shadow over Eagle nonprofit (Idaho Statesman)
Kendall house in Gravesend, United Kingdom was closed in 1986. Unfortunately after it made the lives misserable for a lot of girls.
One of the former “students” wrote:
Kendall house Gravesend Kent. This happened to us too in the uk. A home office psychotherapist was doing it to us. All our children were born with birth defects and all the kh girls who lived got ill with a serious unknown autoimmune illness in our 40s. I have all our records of the abuse, severe overdosing drug logs, cover Ups documented in files. It was first exposed in 1979 and the uk government mps refused to help the abused children in the care institutions and said it was a medical problem not a government problem. It wad exposed again on a tv documentary in 1980 and the government still refused to stop it. I was sent to kendall house in 1980 by Wandsworth social services. I was there 3 years. I was locked in a small room for over 160 days isolated, massively overdosed with 11 psychotropic drugs for 3 years every day and sexually abused in that room. The psychotherapist sent me to stone house mental hospital with dangerous severely disturbed patients as punishment if i alerted anyone. Kent police have not investigated the abuse at kendall house and lied publicly. My mp Eric pickles has refused to talk to me for 18 years and recently told his secretary to call me and tell me to drop it. I wont drop it. A social worker who witnessed the barbaric abuse and brain training called it ratamorphism. I have all the evidence fortunately. The gov are lying publicly and are making sure this abuse is totally ignored. Its still hapenning to kids in care today and I can prove it. The uk government are lying publicly and saying they dont do it but they are doing it. The children are locked behind closed doors and can not get help. They are screaming in silence here in the uk. My website is no2abuse and my book trust no one that I wrote because all those in authority ignored the abuse.
A television station later investigated and found 10 ex-residents at Kendall House had gone on to have children with birth defects after being forcibly given cocktails of drugs, including tranquilisers, during the 1970s and 80s.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
Various sources state that is now closed. They were in the media during 2015 because two of the teenagers who were held there managed to run away despite the fact that it is located in the middle of a desert environment.
A testimony was found on Yelp:
i found this review on another site and who ever wrote it said it perfectly. I will tell the truth. i was a resident there and they couldn’t help me and kept all my moms money, no refund. be smart. My mom got me real help after being lied to about just about everything, they are about money! we had on jail scrubs and sometimes slept on the floor, when they can’t control us they put zip ties on us until we chill out. any of my people that were there with me please look me up. We may have a case. make sure your parents walk the facility and ask tons of questions.
Review for OLYMPUS ACADEMY
Do your own homework. Reading the Website is not a way to verify if facility is good or not. Research residential treatment facilities and see what you find. Dont be misled by a third party recruiter. Ask to view contracts made with employees and note job titles each employee was hired as. Verify employee licenses and credentials. Do background checks to make sure each person should be around children, no matter what rank the person is. Ask to view all state inspections, as you have a right to see. Ask to view academic curriculum, books, materials, schedule, lesson plans, assessment guides. Verify therapy sessions. If you still admit child verify weekly work. Verify nutrition and meals being served, including portion size. Verify nutritionists is licensed. The only reason to have only staff supervised conversations with your child, whether over phone or in person, would be if academy were worried something would get out, right? Trust your child. If something doesn’t sound right, it’s probably not. Be involved. Ask lots of questions. Stay on top of insurance billing. Verify who, when, and what medication has been provided, ordered at pharmacy, and if orders refilled are necessary at each time. Verify alone with child the meals they are getting, medication distribution, if letters were written or received, and Stay in constant contact. If you are not from utah, why would you ever enroll in utah? If all the residential treatment facilities sound similar, think about why you needed to look at more than one facility. Trust your instinct. Don’t be so desperate, you avoid what your gut tells you.
I don’t feel I need to say whether or not olympus is a good choice. If you do all your research, which is a lot of work (nothing is too much to make sure your child is safe), you will be able to make your own determination on whether it’s a good fit for your child.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- FOUND: 2 teenage girls run away from group home; public assistance requested (St. George News)x
- Link to testimony above (Yelp)
Now an independent residential program no longer operating under the WWASP umbrella the program has tried to market itself under a new name. How about the children? Are they better off now?
It would take a lot to change that. Especially considering that that management is very much the same.
Here are some statements from both a former employee and one of the children who was sent there:
former staff member wrote:
I used to work at majestic ranch from 2003-2004 in my opinion it is a nightmare for any kid to be there. The youngest kid there was 7 years old. I dont understand why a child that young was sent there still to this day. as you all know there was an investigation into alleged abuse with a staff member there. I was actually with this staff member that was accused at the time of the alleged abuse and never witnessed him abuse or torment the individual. There are upsides to the program but from my stand point there was room for a lot of improvement. if you have a child there get them out its not worth the money and there are other ways to get a child to listen.
I was that little seven year old girl in 2004. I still have nightmares about that place. I have scars both physically and emotionally from that place. I never had a proper childhood because my parents sent me there when they got a divorce and my dad got custody. His new wife didn’t like me and we fought a lot so they shipped me off. I can’t even put into words the kind of psychological damage I have experienced.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a child.
News information from 2002: When the facility was operating under the name “Majestic Ranch” there was a case against Wayne E. Winder, who was the facility director at the time. The charges were misdemeanor child abuse (Source: Youth Facility Director Still Faces Abuse Counts – Charges allege boys were roughed up in Rich County -Salt Lake Tribune re-print)
News information from 2005: A lawsuit named an employee as Sean E. Coombs. He had previously pleaded guilty in an assault charge where a boy was hurt (Source: Mother Files Lawsuit, Claims Boarding School Abused Son – KSL news)