Please take some time to read through these links, there is a lot of great information about WWASP(S) / Teen Revitalization and the Troubled Teen Industry every parent should know before they choose a school for their child.

For information on how to identify a WWASP program please read more here:

What is a WWASP Program?

For a comprehensive list of abusive policies practiced by WWASP Programs and other abusive “tough love” programs please view our Red Flags List

WWASP Survivors


Survivor/ Youth Rights Organizations:

Other Resources for news and information:

Fornits Wiki – WWASP – A database of known abusive programs


Links to Related articles, Studies and Government Information:

ASTART – Recommended Reading and LinksThe Stop Child Abuse In Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2015

GAO Report on Seclusion and Restraints – May 2009

GAO Report: Residential Programs Selected Cases of Death, Abuse and Deceptive Marketing Apr 2008 (PDF)


Publications about the Troubled Teen Industry:

Institutionalized Persuasion – By Marcus Chatfield

An American Gulag: Secret P.O.W. Camps for Teens – By Alexia Parks

Gone to the Crazies: A Memoir – By Alison Weaver

Jesus Land: A Memoir – Julia Scheeres

Straightling – A Memoir – By Cyndy Drew Etler


Films and Documentaries on the Troubled Teen Industry

Documentary – Locked in Paradise


Over the GW – Based on actual events in the life of the filmmaker, writer/director Nick Gaglia’s Over the GW tells the story of a cult-like, drug-rehabilitation center that abuses, brainwashes, and imprisons vulnerable teens.

Aaron Bacon – Inspired by the book Help at Any Cost by Maia Szalavitz, Aaron Bacon is based on the true story of a troubled, 16-year old boy who dies as a result of physical abuse and starvation in a tough-love, wilderness, drug-treatment facility.

Boot Camp – A group of troubled teens are sent to a rehabilitation program housed in a remote camp on the island of Fiji. What their parents believe is a state-of-the-art deluxe institution in a beautiful natural environment turns out to be a prison-like boot camp where they are abused and brainwashed.

Coldwater – A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, counselors, and the retired war colonel in charge.

One Response to “Research”

  1. Kaine Says:

    All this proof…all these years. And there are STILL these suspect places popping up. I can appreciate the person who felt the pain, actual survivors. Not some chumps that walk by you in OP and snicker as they WORKED THEIR PROGRAM. Then, all of the sudden lil Timmy has nightmares and he sees my face. These writings and posts should all be validated some how. True survivors, faced death. Now, how many of you little shits, really can own up to facing death?…not many, cause y’all were scared and sat there, watching the torture, not experiencing the actual torture. I question this website for being so broad and blatant. You should only permit actual survivors on here Billy. I know, make another website, so you can profit while this cancer proliferates.


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