Sunday, December 26, 2004

State of California legislature tolls statutes of limitations for those sexually abused by priests

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More grounds for Straight survivors' class action

Previously we reported that exposing teens to self mutilation, sunshine deprivation and teen depression, all of which were prevalent at Straight, can lead to later problems in adulthood. We have also reported on an Air Force study that concludes that long periods in captivity can lead to post captivity suicide. Now we regret to report that we have just received an unsolicited email from The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (forum) in which it is stated that veterans who experience Postraumatic Stress Disorder as a result of combat are six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than other vets. Related site: David Baldwin's Trauma Information

Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young and Straight

In 1974 US Congresman C.W. "Bill" Young met with Robert DuPont, then director of NIDA, later a Straight consultant, today a member of DFAF's Advisory Board, to secure federal funding for The Seed in Pinellas County. Four years later Congressman Young received three out-of-state complaints about Straight, but did not stop the abuse. In February 2003 Young's Appropriation Committee approved a $100 million valentine for Pinellas County including $3 million for beach improvements to Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach and $ 4 million for a development center and therappeutic community for Operation Par. Later that year Operation Par dedicated the $4.3 million The Beverly and C.W. Bill Young Center for Research and Recovery.

DFAF's Susan Latvala has choice words for blacks

And if the blacks don't like the way our money is being spent down there, they can always complain to County Commissioner and Operation Par board member / DFAF Advisory Board member Susan Latvala who has remarked that if African-American leaders want more blacks in administrative positions in the county they, "should send to the district people who could pass the test."