I am a reform school survivor who has recently written a book about my experience. I also personally know the folks from the International Survivor's Action Committee, who have made the papers once again.
I read the article about Pathways and Straight, and I understand that some are upset at ISAC for their activism work in this field. ISAC is doing a wonderful thing by posting a watch list of possible harmful schools on its Web site (www.isaccorp.org). Many of these facilities are horribly abusive, and the girls and boys who are inside are suffering self-esteem damage by the staff and owners of these places.
Read the book "Help at any Cost," which was mentioned in the article, and you'll see what I am talking about. Isolation, verbal abuse and harsh rules are not therapeutic.
As someone who knows the folks at ISAC, they are upstanding citizens just trying to provide accurate info to the public, and they are doing it without a paycheck. This is why they are attacked by owners of these homes, because the truth is sometimes ugly. ISAC has saved lives.
Michele Ulriksen, Corvallis, Ore.