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WHO WE ARE

Breaking Code Silence is a 501c3 nonprofit that represents children, youth, and adults who are/were incarcerated in the US’ troubled teen industry (TTI), a network of privately-owned, powerfully punitive, and often wilderness-based therapy programs, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, group homes, boot camps, and faith-based academies.

Breaking Code Silence intends to be a vehicle for the TTI-survivor community–ever striving to uplift, organize, and inspire present and future generations, while promoting youth rights and evidence-based alternatives to the troubled teen industry.

We are eradicating institutional child abuse and empowering survivors – Together

THE FEDERAL BILL

The passage of this Act will create a uniform Youth in Congregate Care Bill of Rights for all youth in congregate care regardless of which public or private pipeline they entered the facility. This Bill of Rights will create a standard for the ACCA Joint Commission to advise on reduction of congregate care placement and will consult with States on the closure of facilities that are unable to meet standards within the Youth in Congregate Care Bill of Rights.

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Breaking Code Silence is a force to be reckoned with. Over the past year, we have garnered support across different states, political affiliations, and professional disciplines. We are only just getting started, but we need funding to support all the levels of our volunteer organization. We have made it this far as only volunteers – imagine what we can accomplish with more resources!

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SURVIVOR STORIES

“Code Silence” is a term used to describe preventing a child from speaking. Not just for a few minutes or when socially appropriate for an event – but forced silence for weeks – for months.
Breaking Code Silence is the collective refusal to continue to hold the secrets of what we experienced.

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OUR IMPACT

Although our organization is very new, our volunteers have already become innovators and leaders in policy, advocacy, and research. We are proud of our accomplishments thus far. We’ve helped divert children from congregate care, pressured abusive programs to close, challenged dominant narratives about the industry, and passed protective state legislation—and we are only getting started!

These are exciting, potentially paradigm-shifting times! Against long odds, BCS has managed to capture the attention space, flip the narrative, and garner sympathy for the plight of institutionalized children and youth in the United States. It seems clear that the punitive tactics and abuses perpetrated in the TTI are out of step with contemporary sensibilities and practices in adolescent mental health. With policymakers, academics, clinicians, and child advocates reaching out to BCS, viewing our survivor-led organization as a source of expert knowledge and seeking to include our perspectives in reform efforts, we have been presented with an incredibly fortuitous political opening and opportunity to make substantial, durable, structural changes and potentially transform the lives of present and future generations of children and youth in the United States.

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Wilderness Therapy

by Dr. Emmanuel Monneron According to the book “Adventure Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Research” (Gass, Gillis ...

FACILITY DATABASE

Every year, thousands of children are sent against their will – often ripped out of their beds in the middle of the night by strangers – to private facilities to be treated for various mental illnesses, addiction issues and perceived behavioral problems. While trapped in these facilities, youth experience rampant abuse. This database contains the largest collection of institutional abuse related documentation.

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Be Informed:
Learn more about the troubling issues plaguing this industry. By being informed, you can help end institutional child abuse.
Volunteer:
Join the team doing groundbreaking work to end abuse of youth in congregate care. Your skills can help reform this industry.
Intern With Us:
Join professionals and experts and gain training doing groundbreaking work with experts in the field. Develop the skills to be impactful in the field you are passionate about.
Donate:
Support our volunteers and our mission by supporting us financially. We cannot do this alone and we deeply appreciate those who support us.

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