December 12, 2017


Jury Selection Begins in Ben Trane’s Sex Abuse Criminal Trial

Jury selection began Tuesday in Keokuk for Ben Trane’s criminal trial. Trane faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and child endangerment, all in relation to his conduct as owner and director of Midwest Academy, a now-shuttered “therapeutic boarding school” for so-called troubled teens in this small town in […]

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Narvin Lichfield with Dead Deer

November 3, 2017


Narvin Lichfield Has Been Convicted of Poaching 5 Times

We’re digging into Narvin’s criminal records. (More on that later, stay tuned…especially you, Narv! We know you read these!) As we were digging through the not-inconsiderable number of records, we ran across this little nugget: Narvin Lichfield has been issued 5 separate tickets by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for illegal deer hunting. […]

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September 29, 2017


Narvin Lichfield Changes His Program’s Name…Again

We recently came to you with the story of one Palmetto Ranch, a program in South Carolina that seemed eerily similar to two other programs that had previously occupied the same location- Carolina Springs Academy and Seneca Ranch. There were also two other names this facility had been advertised under: Magnolia Christian and Second Chance Ranch. […]

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January 13, 2017


Palmetto Therapeutic Boarding School Now Open at Former Carolina Springs, Seneca Ranch Property

  It has recently come to our attention that a school calling itself “Palmetto Therapeutic Boarding School” has recently been opened in a South Carolina property formerly occupied by WWASP program Carolina Springs Academy. It’s natural to wonder if this is a WWASP program. We cannot answer that question, but we can offer some insights. […]

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February 5, 2016


Midwest Academy Closed by Authorities

Midwest Academy has been closed Friday after authorities raided the school in Keokuk, Iowa and a related site in nearby Montrose, while investigating into alleged sexual abuse of children at the school by staff. According to local TV station KHQA, authorities ordered the school closed and began contacting parents to come pick up their children. Parents were reportedly given […]

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January 29, 2016


Search Warrant Served on Midwest Academy

Earlier today, officials from a number of Iowa state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Iowa State Police, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Special Enforcement Operations Bureau, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Iowa DCI Crime Lab Crime Scene Team, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, descended on Midwest Academy in […]

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July 18, 2015


A Bill to Finally End the Abuse of Teens at Residential Treatment Programs and “Boot Camps”

By Rep. Adam Schiff Congressmen from California Read full article here: Op Ed – Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs for Teens Act 2015 This piece was co-authored by Jodi Hobbs, the founder and President of the Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) organization, which provides healing services to a national network of survivors At one […]

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August 19, 2014


#BreakingCodeSilence – The Challenge

WWASPSurvivors, SafeTeenSchools, the SIA Organization (Survivors of Institutional Abuse) and Shut Down Logan River have just launched the #BreakingCodeSilence Challenge, a challenge designed to bring awareness to the issues of institutional child abuse in residential treatment centers and teen behavior modification programs. As we speak, as we live and breathe and enjoy our everyday freedoms, there are thousands […]

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April 5, 2014


Robert Lichfield Is Lying

Robert Lichfield is the founder and owner of WWASP. As such, Lichfield built and then oversaw a large network  of abusive programs that literally spanned the entire world as well as  shady marketing department designed to drive fear deep into the hearts of naive and loving parents in order to bilk them out of every […]

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March 15, 2014


New Petition to End Teen Escort Services

Yours truly has started a new petition on to end the practice of using teen escorts (aka legal kidnapping) to get kids to residential treatment centers. This practice is widely considered one of the most traumatic, harmful, and damaging in the industry and stopping is not only good for children, it also stands a good […]

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