LOS ANGELES, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The tragic death of a 10-year-old
Colorado girl, Candace Newmaker, who begged for air while fighting her way out
of a sheet used for a psychotherapy procedure called "rebirthing," should
sound alarm bells among parents, according to the Citizens Commission on Human
Rights (CCHR) International, a psychiatric watchdog.
Last Monday, a Colorado judge sentenced therapists, Connell Watkins and
Julie Ponder to 16 years in prison for the death of Candace Newmaker. A video
of their "rebirthing" procedure chillingly revealed how the therapists
responded with sarcasm to the girl's cries that she was dying.
"The case is representative of the disproportionate number of mental
health practitioners being convicted of criminal acts against their patients.
Then there are the scores of children who have died from psychiatric restraint
for which there were no criminal charges," CCHR warns. CCHR's website,
PSYCHCRIME.ORG, details more than 800 convictions in the last decade,
involving crimes of murder, assault, sexual abuse, rape and fraud.
Flanking this site is CCHR's newly released Permanent Exhibition on
Psychiatry: A Human Rights Abuse and Global Failure, featured at its
international headquarters in Hollywood.
"Every individual, parent, teacher or medical doctor has the right to be
armed with the information on our website and in the exhibit before placing
their trust, and the well-being of their child or themselves, in the hands of
today's mental health practitioners," CCHR says.
Established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology, CCHR investigates and
exposes psychiatric violations of human rights.
For more information visit http://www.psychcrime.org, or tour CCHR's free
exhibit at 6616 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights