938. Huronia Regional Center
Huronia Regional Center was also known as Ontario Hospital School and Orillia Asylum for Idiots was opened in 1876. It closed in 2009.
It has its own cemetery consisting of 1440 unmarked graves and 571 numbered graves. Some have since been removed.
After the closure the authorities apologizes and compensated some of the victims for the abuse they suffered at the facility.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Huronia Regional Centre (Wikipedia)
- The history (Remember every name)
- A Mohawk Huronia Regional Centre survivor speaks out about the abuse he says he endured (Global News)
- Her brothers suffered abuse and neglect at Huronia care centre. Now she’s telling their story (CBC)
937. MacLaren Children’s Center
MacLaren Children’s Center was opened sometime in the 1940’s. Due to overcrowding and change of the categories of children who was placed there it transformed from a traditional group home to a kind of youth prison. Many children tried to run away and criticism arose against the conditions offered to the children.
MacLaren was closed in 2003 after a pair of lawsuits alleged that staff had physically abused dozens of residents and that the facility routinely failed to properly care for children with emotional and behavioral problems.
Since the closure claims of abuse have been made.
It could not be fun to be there as a child.
- MacLaren Hall Sex Abuse in Los Angeles (Herman Law – Voice for victims)
- Decades later, former foster children allege abuse at MacLaren Children’s Center (LA Times)
- ‘House of Horrors’: Twelve Former Residents of MacLaren Hall Sue Los Angeles County for Failing to Protect Them From Sexual Predators at Children’s Emergency Shelter (Cision PR Newswire)
- MacLaren Children’s Center in El Monte, Two Decades Since Closure (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY IN TIME)
936. Shirley Oaks Children’s Home / Lambeth children’s home
Lambeth children’s home also known as Shirley Oaks Children’s Home was in operation from 1903 to 1982. The responsible owner was London Borough of Lambeth. So far 1887 victims have been identified having been suffering various forms of abuse.
The investigation has been subjected to attempts of having it covered up, properly due to the ownership which could affect the careers of politicians, who basically have neglected their duties to supervise the facility.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child and have been subjected to abuse.
- Culture of cover-up saw hundreds of children abused in Lambeth, report finds (BBC)
- Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme (Lambeth Counsil Service)
- ‘Like hell’: what former Lambeth children’s home residents told abuse inquiry (The Guardian)
- Hundreds of children abused while in care of Lambeth council, inquiry finds (The Guardian)
934. WinGate Wilderness Therapy
WinGate Wilderness Therapy is located in Kanab, Utah. The operate on public land in parts of Utah. The teenagers detained at the wilderness program are sent to the program by their parents. Some reportedly transported by the programs in handcuffs and shackles.
During their detention in the program the teenagers are evaluated and if they fit the need random so-called treatment facilities claim to be able to fix, they are referred to those facilities when their stay at the wilderness program come to an end. Sometime referral fees are exchanged with these facilities as reward for a good profitable diagnosis.
The safety of the teenagers while partipating in the program can be at risk. One student got injuries when he was forced to participate in rock climbing which he had no training in. Over the years teenagers have died partipating in such programs. However, we have not found cases of death among the teenagers who have been detained at Wingate – yet.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Wingate Wilderness Therapy (Anti-Troubled Teen Industry Activism & Survivor Support)
- Wiki entry (Anti-Troubled Teen Industry Activism & Survivor Support)
- Datasheet (HEAL-online)
- A 25-foot fall off rocks is considered medical malpractice (Texas for Lawsuit reform)
933. Hope Haven
Hope Haven located near New Orleans in Louisiana was founded in 1911 as St. Vincent’s Hotel. The targetgroup was homeless men and boys. Over time it grew. Maybe the facility became too big to monitor as information now surface that a priest abused boys. The organization in charge at the time of the alleged abuse is the religious orders of Salesians of Don Bosco and School Sisters of Notre Dame as they are named in a lawsuit.
It would not be the first time lack of supervision results in abuse.
It sounds like it was not a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Priest, nun sexually abused boy living at home for troubled kids in the ’70s, suit says (The Sun Herald)
- Nostalgia: Hope Haven (NewOrleans.com)
- Priest, nun named in new Hope Haven sexual abuse lawsuit (Bishop Accountability)
- New lawsuit alleges members of Hope Haven children’s home sexually abused man when he stayed at home in 1970s (MSN)
932. Participant on the Dr. Phil show
Quiet a few teenagers found themselves being used as entertainment on the DR. Phil show. It is a show that criminalize the entire transition process from child to adulthood.
In Denmark where most of the authors come from, we have managed to provide the teenagers a safe environment where they can socialize over beer and wine. In fact teenagers in Denmark can buy alcohol on their own once they have turned 16 years of age as long as the alcohol percentage is below the safe level of 16.5. Providing the access to alcohol enables their ability to socialize and empathize the needs of the youth they drink with. Not but not least: Friday bars in school lowers the amount of students that drop out.
Do we have troubled youth in Denmark? Yes. Some neighborhoods seems to create crime. It is not bad upbringing but simply the truth in the old wording: “It takes a village to raise a child”.
That is why Denmark have the ghetto-plan. It a neighborhood creates troubled youth, it is labeled a ghetto. The local authorities have two years to fix the issue or they are ordered to tear the buildings down. It means that some people who did not commit crimes, will have to move which might sound a bit unfair but in the general interest of the society it must be so.
Most young Danes grow up questioning authority and in that way we as society ensure that we bring up innovative generations that can move boundaries.
The Dr. Phil show do the oppesite. The children are sent to boot camp styled ranches or even the dangerous wilderness therapy programs that have claimed the lives of more than 100 teenagers during the last couple of decades. They learn not to question authority which let them become victims of whatever person who is in charge. They never move boundaries and invent new things that benefit manhood.
Many see non-issues published nationwide and in a time where social media allows you to track only the youth but also friends and family, their participation defines their life. Regardless of the outcome of whatever prison-styled so-called treatment program they are sent to, they are labeled as they were before the program decades after the program they participated in, was broadcasted.
It cannot be fun to be on this show as a teenager. The only good thing is that Dr. Phil has decided that his time as pre-doctor on Television has come to an end.
- Studerende, der ikke drikker, falder fra (Uni-avisen – In Danish language )
- Woman sues ‘Dr. Phil’ show, claiming abuse at Utah treatment center he recommended (KSL News)
- Bhad Bhabie and Dr. Phil: The Abuse Allegations At Turn-About Ranch, Explained (Complex Magazine)
- It’s Time To Cancel “Dr. Phil” (The Buzz Feed News)
- Dr. Phil to cease playing pretend TV doctor this spring (Yahoo Entertainment News)
931 Jersey Home for Girl aka Grouville Girls Home
The Jersey Home for Girl aka Grouville Girls Home is one of the facilities mentioned in the investigations that followed the scandal surrounding Haut de la Garenne. The facility opened in 1854 and closed in 1959.
Accusations of abuse from survivors stepping forward revealed horrible living conditions at the facility.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Jersey Care Inquiry hears girls ‘sedated and raped’ (BBC)
- How ‘house of horror’ investigation brought Jersey abuse to light (BBC)
- Grouville (The Islands Wiki)
930. Sacre Coeur orphanage
The Sacre Coeur orphanage was founded around year 1901. It continued to house children until the 1980’s. The last part closed down in 1996. As result of the media coverage of Haut de la Garenne, investigation was broadened to other facilities on the Jersey Islands which then brought the Sacre Coeur orphanage into focus. Allegations include sexual abuse
Jimmy Savile which since his death had been recognized as an abuser has been mentioned in relationship with this facility.
It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Sacré Coeur Orphanage (The Island Wiki)
- Jersey care inquiry: ‘Brutality and abuse at orphanage’ claims (BBC)
- How ‘house of horror’ investigation brought Jersey abuse to light (The Guardian)
- voiceforchildren (Blog covering the Jersey children homes)
- Jersey care inquiry: surge in Sacre-Coeur witnesses (BBC)
929. Roost Services
Roost Services is a group home located in American Fork in Utah.
The target group is people with developmental disabilities. In 2021 it attracted attention from the media when it lost an 11-year-old boy 9 days before the boy was found dead in a hot car.
The facility was placed under extra supervision but it safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a child.