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Talk with Tenney: Electroshock: A Crime Against Humanity

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fom the perspectives of people who survivors of electroshock.

Sue Clark-Wittenberg wrote me:

Electroshock also known as ECT, shock, and electroconvulsive therapy is still being given.  Yearly 100,00 people in the USA get ECT.  Most people are forced to have ECT.  Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 to 2  to million ECTs are being given.

Sue Clark-Wittenberg is an electroshock survivor.  At 17 years old shewas forced to have ECT in 1973.  On her 5th ECT her heart stopped and she had to revived.  In 1998 Sue became an anti-psychiatry activist.

Sue and her husband Steven founded in 2005 The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE). The ICBE deems ECT to be torture, barbaric, inhumane, unethical and a crime against humanity.  ECT must be banned universally.  ECT always causes brain damage.

Don Weitz is a psychiatric survivor of insulin shock in the 1950s, an antipsychiatry and social justice activist. Since 1974, Don has been active in the Psychiatric Survivor Liberation Movement; in the 1980s has participated in many public protests including civil disobedience against electroshock and was arrested at least twice with several other survivor activists. Don is co-founder of Phoenix Rising (the first antipsychiatry magazine in Canada,1980-1990), co-editor of the antipsychiatry anthology Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada (1988), author of the e-book Rise Up/Fight Back (2012)and co-founder (with Dr. Bonnie Burstow) of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA). He continues to protest against the "mental health" system and psychiatry, he lives in Toronto. 

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