Rally For Children’s Rights Held In St. Petersburg…Russia

Apparently foster children in the USA are not the only throw away children in the world suffering from the abuse of psychiatric over diagnosis of disease, and the over prescribing of dangerous brain injuring drugs. Orphans in Russia are also targeted by psychiatrists, according to a story from Radio Free Europe, St. Petersburg Activists Rally For Children’s Rights.

Dozens of human rights activists in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have held a public gathering in defense of children’s rights, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

A local St. Petersburg non-governmental organization, the Civil Committee for Human Rights, organized the recent action that took place on International Children’s Day, June 1st of this year.

The organization’s leader, Roman Chorny, told RFE/RL that the major issue raised today was safeguarding children from what he called “improper and baseless psychiatric diagnoses.”

According to Chorny, the underage patients most vulnerable to such misdiagnosis are orphans. “Very often children in orphanages are ‘punished’ for their misbehavior by injections of psychotropic drugs with side effects,” he said.

Sound familiar? It should. Even if the US reports of abuse of foster children and other children in poverty are not so forthright as to call their mistreatment punishment, the same sort of measures are being applied to children in this country, probably to a much greater extent than they are being used on orphans in Russia.

The problem we have, and one that was alluded to in the Radio Free Europe story, is that a career of permanent disability in the respective mental health/illness systems is all too often a common likely result of such early ’interventions’.

Ironic, isn’t it? Radio Free Europe can manage to report on something taking place in Russia that the mainstream media wouldn’t touch in this country, not in a substantial way, even though it is taking place here to a greater degree than it is taking place there.

Maybe it’s high time a few more of us took to the streets to protest the dwindling rights of children (and parents) in the USA and Western Europe as well.

4 Responses

  1. Here in Australia we have nannies and other various do-gooders campaigning for the right of people to be drugged. As long as it’s done by the state of course.

    • We have do-gooders and not-so-do-gooders campaigning on behalf of forced drugging here in the USA, too. We have more than our share of the Namby Pamby Nannie Nami types, too. One big threat is the Treatment Advocacy Center. The Treatment Advocacy Center is an organization that actively lobbies for forced outpatient treatment (i.e. forced drugging). They call this forced outpatient treatment “Assisted Outpatient Treatment”, I guess because the ‘assistance’ is often unwanted, and you can confuse people by calling it something it isn’t. Many of the positions taken by the Treatment Advocacy Center have been too extreme for the states involved, but they have been successful at some campaigns, and they are a force to be reckoned with. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center 44 states now have forced outpatient commitment laws. This leaves just 6 free states that don’t have any such laws. A number of the 44 states who do have such laws either don’t have the resources to enforced them, or don’t enforce them. For anybody who can truly rough it, as there is no federal mandate, it’s just a matter of slipping into another state to get out of these forced treatment conditions.

      • Thanks. I’d be very interested to hear more, maybe some blogs, about the states that don’t have or enforce compulsory OP mistreatment.

  2. Most states that have forced outpatient treatment laws aren’t that different from states that do have them because these laws tend to be either unenforced, or unevenly enforced. That said, there are exceptions, such as that of New York State. New York legislators just passed an extension of the notorious Kendra’s Law for another 5 years. There are people in New York who want to make Kendra’s Law permanent. New York, unlike many states, has the money and resources to enforce it’s out patient commitment laws.

    In Florida, where I live, we have mental health courts. These courts are often used, when the offenses are relatively minor, for jail diversion. Kofi Adu-Brempong, the UF grad student shot by campus police, made a plea deal in which charges against him were dropped in exchange for a ‘conditional release’. This ‘conditional release’, for him, means undergoing a treatment plan over the next 3 years that includes taking psychiatric drugs. I imagine if he received one, these ‘conditional releases’ must be fairly common here.

    The 6 free states, states that don’t have involuntary outpatient commitment laws, at this point in time are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada and Tennessee. This according to information provided on the Treatment Advocacy Center website. Let’s heave a big hurrah for those 6 states! Our boos and hisses reserve for the TAC.

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