Thursday, December 19, 2002

Florida Supreme Court rules that counselor can be sued for revealing secrets disclosed to him

In the case of the Donna Gracey and Joseph Gracey vs. Donald Eaker (a marriage counselor) The Florida Supreme Court ruled today, Dec. 19, 2002, that a marriage counselor can be sued for revealing information given to him in confidence by his clients. A rule that lawsuits can seek damages for emotional distress only if there has been an underlying physical injury doesn't apply in this case, Justice R. Fred Lewis wrote for the majority. Justice Lewis wrote, "Donald Eaker is accused of 'revealing the most confidential of information disclosed to him by each individual' ". [Source: Naples Daily News]

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Pathway gets $150,000 grant

This past November (2002) Pathway Family Center - Indianapolis received a $150,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to expand its services over the next two years. In 2000 it got a $100,000 grant from Pulliam. Pathway was the second Straight legacy program to expand its services when in created a treatment center in Indianapolis in 2000. Pathway - Detroit had been created in 1993 by former Straight officer Helen Gowanny and others in Southfield, Michigan after the collapse of Straight - Detroit. Straight's former national clinical director, Reverend Doctor Miller Newton, founded the first second-generation Straight to have expansion programs. His Kids Helping Kids franchise operated in New Jersey, California, Salt Lake City and El Paso. All closed under allegations of child abuse. Last December the city-county council for Indianapolis-Marion County approved a $10,000 grant to Pathway for 2003. The Pacers Foundation granted the organization another $9,000 for 2002-2003. In November 2002, the Indianapolis Families Count Awards gave $5,000 to Pathway.

Saturday, November 02, 2002

It takes DFAF only 48 hours to abandon Open Forums

In what some analysts believe may well be the shortest lived Open discussion forum ever on the World Wide Web, Straight, Inc. (which now calls itself Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. ) [Straight's former national clinical director, Reverend Doctor2 Miller Newton, now calls himself Father Cassius; Straight's founder Ambassador Melvin Sembler, AO still calls himself Mel Sembler] attempted to establish an internet forum recently. But almost immediately they were pounced upon by hostile former students from the$traights who made postings about their stay at the$traights. Actually there were three Open forums done up in patriotic red, white and blue the same way Straight adorned their warehouses with a red, white and blue American flag. There was an Open teen forum for school kids. The religious page featured a Wall link for people to post memories about loved ones who are casualties of War on Drugs. But posters submitted reports about former clients from the$traights who have committed suicide. And there was a Gazebo link for other discussions. As far as can be ascertained by us, DFAF opened the board sometime on Thursday October 31, 2002. By Friday former clients had begun posting and someone informed us at the Institute of the developing situation at 2330 hours Friday night. We made an unpublished prediction here that the forums would be closed by noon the next day--Saturday. At some point on Saturday November 2, the School board and the Wall board both posted this alert: "The site administrators have made this forum inaccessible." The Gazebo forum claims to be still operating, apparently for registered users only. Can dissenters still post? Have posts been removed? Someone should look into this with the Guinness Book of World Records--the shortest lived Open forum.

[Oh, one more thing. When you cruise the DFAF site, notice they have cute little icons for a church, a bank, etc. When you hover on the bank there is a green background perhaps signifying cash. When you hover on the hospital you see red, perhaps symbolizing blood. But when you click on the school the background A Clockwork Orange. Straight was a thought reform school. A coincidence? A Freudian slip?]

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Florida Supreme Court upholds law making it a felony to cause "mental injury" to a child

AP Sept. 5, 2002 TALLAHASSEE — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the section of Florida's child abuse law that makes it a felony to cause "mental injury" to a child. [Source: Naples Daily News]