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Child Abuse in Florida - Violations of Nuremberg Code

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Today we welcome Robert Straley who will share with us his personal insights about the infamous "White House" punishment room where floggings with leather whips were administered to boys as young as eight to ten years old.  This was considered by many to be the worst case of institutional abuse in the nation.  The Florida School for Boys continued this brutal punishment on children aged 8 – 13  for 68 years.  In addition there were also medical experiments carried out on the children – a clear violation of the Nuremberg Code which prohibits the use of human subjects in clinical medical trials without out approval and supervision of a human subjects review board.  According to the Nuremberg Code, the voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, or coercion.  It is clear that these children had not been consulted and did not give consent to be research subjects.

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