WWASP Survivors is run by a dedicated group of concerned alumni of WWASP-affiliated programs. Our mission is threefold: to advocate for those still being held and abused in WWASP programs, to support those who have previously been held in a WWASP program, and to raise awareness of the true nature of WWASP to save children and their families from being abused and scammed.
WWASP Survivors Advocacy Positions
- No child deserves to be abused. Especially in the name of treatment. As advocates we strive to designate the difference between “Tough Love” and clinically approved mental health treatment. We encourage parents to seek ethical and professional help for their children and avoid at all costs, coercive and abusive behavior modification programs.
- Parents should be educated about the dangers of illegitimate residential treatment programs and be equipped with the tools to see through the clever marketing techniques. Parents should utilize the Red Flags List to determine what constitutes an abusive program.
- Each and every abusive policy employed by the Troubled Teen Industry should be eradicated. Many laws already exist prohibiting the polices of which are commonplace in “Tough Love” programs and should these laws be broken, victims should seek to press charges immediately.
- Minor citizens deserve all the same human rights as any other citizen. Parental rights DO NOT trump the child’s right to consent, safety, and decency in treatment.
- Should a minor be held against their will, sans due process and without having given informed consent without coercion, they are being unlawfully detained. In most states age of consent to treatment is 13 years of age and false imprisonment is illegal at ANY age. Any person who may be concerned for the welfare of a child in a lock down facility is encouraged to call the authorities and hire a lawyer to petition for a writ of habeas corpus as soon as possible.
- Denial of a minor’s rights to an attorney, access to the local authorities and advocates is unlawful. Every citizen regardless of age should be allowed to call for help if they feel they are being abused or are fearful of being abused. Denying this right only proves the existence of abuse in “Tough Love” programs. If the program you are considering does not allow your child full access to advocates, DO NOT enroll them. If the program your child is currently attending does not allow this right, PULL THEM immediately.
- Hiring of unqualified staff is dangerous. When staff members are not properly trained to handle situations in a safe and ethical manner more than often abuse and maltreatment becomes commonplace. If the Director and “Case Managers” do not have adequate degrees, certifications and experience to be mental health practitioners, you should avoid placing your child into their care.