Have you ever watched a movie that changed your life? The message so profound that it sticks with you and marked you in a way. Or read a book that literaly changed your thinking on something? I read a blog today and this day will be forever etched in my memory; the story NEVER forgotten. I happened about it, a blog on the sidebar. The About on the home page had me intrigued to say the least:
**The names and ages of some have been changed to protect the families of the individuals involved.** In the 80’s, "boot camps" for troubled teens became the new treatment dejour for parents at their wits end. However, after numerous allegations of severe abuse, untrained staff and several deaths, these camps came under much scrutiny. Steve Cartisano ran the most notorious of these camps, called Challenger Foundation. I was 15 when I was kidnapped from my bed and taken to Challenger. 63 Days is the story-in-progress about my brutal experiences there, my subsequent escape and the aftermath. This is my story, this is my life.
I began at post #1. I then read all the way through to current. 3 1/2 hours. Her story is amazing. It is sad. It is heartbreaking. It is an eye-opener. Forever changind my thoughts on Boot Camp.
Warning: Her experiences are real and she relates them as she experienced them. Those who have experience abuse; physical, emotional or sexual may have a hard time reading this blog. This blog is still a writing in progress.
How it marked me? It made me realize as a parent how critical our choices are for our kids. That even when things are tough we should never hand over our kids to another to have full authority over. Abuse happens! To a degree my mind can scarcely fathom. I will relive moments in my sleep, I want to go to sleep to escape the thoughts of abuse going on in our world. Yet, I did not live it. My heart goes out to Allison and all those who have survived. As well as to the families of whose kids did not.
So for those who choose to embark on her adventure start with the following link. At the top of each post it has the next post linked to it..making it easy to follow. There are a few breaks, when that happens the links that follow will keep you on the story line.
I have googled Steve Cartisano...this story IS TRUE!