of the Straights
comment on the Straights
are they? FLOW CHART of the Straights
Why professionals call
Straight a cult
Straight: an introduction
A $100 million
charity for white kids
Therapeutic Communities of
America reject Straight
Joy Margolis tells how
Straight stopped the abuse
Leigh Bright's story
(a second-generation Straight)
Foundation--a shell corporation to protect Mel Sembler &
Clockwork Straight by Fager
Great Drug War by Trebach
Warriors and Their Prey by Miller
and Mirrors by Dan
a Raincoat, an Unauthorized Portrait of Joe Ricci by Maura
are they? Straight officials.
Straight really closed?
suits to silence critics?
kids for addictions they do not have
Beyerstein on Straight
Trebach on Straight
American Prospect on Straight
for a Quack Victim
on Straight's Dr. Schwartz
Fager on Straight
in Leo J. Ryan Fdn Journal
Sembler and the Clary Report
Report on Kids of Bergen Cnty
at Straight-St Pete under Newton
at Straigth-St Pete
Culture on Straight
Sub-rosa Plot by Dan Forbes
& Drug Policy by Fager
called a federally funded cult
Ind. Media Center on Sembler/Straight
Ida Camburn on Straight/Synanon
Florida is it?
Senior Staff Relapse by Don Smith
My brother's story
was Trapped in a Therapy Cult by Morgan
dot com on the Semblers and Straight
Teen Help Industry
WWASPS / CCM
of North Jersey/Bergen Cnty
Kids of El Paso
forum (DFAF allies)
chat room (DFAF allies)
Court TV forum
Ross' newspaper archives
Pete Times archives
I endorses Straight
TV on SAFE-Orlando
Ray Bradbury at SAFE-Orlando
Ma. TV9 on Straight
Bush II praising Mel Sembler
praising Newton and DuPont
Fl. hearings on Scientology®, Paulette Cooper, pt 1
Fl, hearings on Scientology®, Paulette Cooper, pt 2
Talk Tampa on Straight 2
WMNF Talk Tampa
on Straight 1
Radio Pacifica, on Straight
Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE
Always ask for Report/ID # and state you
want to be informed whether your report is confirmed or not.
The Great American Holocaust
me your deepest, darkest secret.
web page is written to document
and investigate alleged
abuses in juvenile rehabilitation
programs of all sorts, but
it specializes in alleged
abuses at Mel and Betty
Sembler's Straight, Inc.
and Straight-derived juvenile
synanons AKA juvenile therapeutic
communities. The Straight
story follows with data
on other controversial groups
Photo of Straight-Springfield,
Virginia by Michele McDonald,
Norfolk Ledger Star 7-26-87.
Used with permission of Michele
Martin granted new sentencing trial, Bradbury
/ Fager may yet get to testify
Bradley Martin was in Straight-Springfield
from 1988 - 1990. Today Mr. Martin is
on death row in Pennsylvania for the 1993
slaying of a Pennsylvania man. Ray Bradbury
(the man who closed Straight) and Wes
Fager (editor of thestraights
dot com) traveled to Pennsylvania
in 2002 in hopes of testifying in Mr.
Martin's defense at his appeal. The judge
did not allow their testimony then as
they had no firsthand knowledge of Bradley
Martin. We have just been informed by
the law firm of ReedSmith that the court
has voted to grant a re-sentencing trial.
It may be possible for Bradbury and Fager
to testify in the new trial. See related
at a glance:
AKA Father Cassian, (Straight's
former national clinical director)
and team settles with Lulu Corter
for $6.5 million.
million: Lulu Corter gets her
day in court, Newton in bankruptcy
Jersey Law Journal
covers the Lulu Corter trial.
'Cult' Out of the Case
recognized cult expert Rick Ross
carries Lulu Corter story on his
Harryet Erlich's Resurrection
and Redemption now. It is
the first full story in print
about the Straights. details
on-line, the first published book
about the Straights:
by the Straights dot com
editor Wes Fager
clients were forced to clean toilets with their bare hands.
James, at Straight-Atlanta, says he had to ask permission
for each wipe of his anus as he defecated. Samantha Monroe
described to FOX News her humble pants that she was
forced to wear for six weeks at a time. Because she was allowed
just one shower a week, the pants often filled with feces,
urine and menstrual blood. Leigh Bright declared they made
her scoop her own feces out of the toilet using a paper towel.
Marcie Sizemore declared this:
the bathroom, the girls beat me, punched me, placed their
fingers under my collar bone and twisted the bone, and
verbally abused me for 9 1/2 hours. The girls would hold
my arms out at the sides, while another girl would run
across the room and ram her head into my stomach, and
this was done continuously. Whenever I passed out, the
girls kicked me, pulled at me and made me get to my feet
and again continued to subject me to the beating. When
I asked for water, I was told I could have water, and
then they poured it on my head. The girls worked in shifts,
and always kept at least six to eight girls in the room
with me at all times.
to God, to ourselves, and
to another human being
the exact nature of our wrongs.
Anonymous, Step 5
Robertson of the ACLU had this to say about Straight, Inc.,
They run very close to really performing psychic murder.
Professor Barry L. Beyerstein is a leading Canadian researcher
on opiates and brain functioning who visited one of the Straights
in Virginia. He wrote this about Straight, According to
sworn testimony, Straight often left restrained group members
sitting in their own urine, feces or vomit until suitable concessions
were extracted. Jacqueline M. Ennis, formerly head of licensing
for Virginia's Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation
and Substance Abuse Services took the lead in running them out
of Virginia. Here's what she had to say about Straight, Inc.,
Several children attempted suicide while staying with host
families, but the attempts were not reported and the children
were not treated . . . The New Jersey Law Journal
calls the Straight method medical quackery. For
17 years Straight Incorporated operated the world's biggest
chain of juvenile behavior modification programs.
Straight Incorporated is an extremely dangerous, destructive
mind-control cult. 50,000 kids in bondage. With PTSD, shame
and guilt, depression, mental illness, body carvings, untold
suicide attempts and suicide by humiliation Straight, Incorporated
is the The Great American
Do you think it's possible
to kill a person through humiliation? Read this.
going to start a new series today. From time-to-time we receive
an email from someone who has voluntarily submitted their story
about their experience at a controversial rehabilitation program
like Straight and have agreed to let us publish it. Today's
story is from Todd who was in Straight-Sarasota from 1981 to
1982. Todd writes, "Man when I think back it seems like
only yesterday at times sitting in the "Carpet Room"
during a guys rap. The doors would be open, warm day out breeze
blowing. And I am stuck in this god forsaken smelly room with
a bunch kids just like me whose parents thought they were helping
their "Druggie Kid ". con't.
a proud American, I find Melvin Sembler, our ambassador
to Italy, and his wife, Betty, to be profound embarrassments.
It is important that their advice on the drug war and
especially on drug treatment be ignored. Indeed, it might
be best if Italians listened to what this powerful couple
had to say about drugs - and then followed policies in
precisely the opposite direction.
Trebach, Professor Emeritus of Law at American University.
biography of Ambassador Mel Sembler story
Sembler Company acknowledges Mel Sembler's responsibility
for Straight story
The ISAC Report on
Mel Sembler report
Sembler speaks at American University in Rome
Sembler gets honorary
degree from John Cabot University in Rome
Photo of the extended
Sembler family photo
News blasts Mel Sembler and his Straight gulag
Sembler: The Teflon Ambassador, a Crack in Bush's Golden
Egg? For twenty five years Straight
officers have avoided prosecution for their role in
the Straight Holocaust. Now a complaint has been lodged
with the United Nations.
Sembler to speak
at The American University of Rome on Oct 27
buys second ambassadorship
on Sembler's political largess
renowned cult expert on Mel Sembler
Wins Sour Orange
Mel Sembler interfere with a state attempt to close
Straight in 1989 and how does Judge Irene Sullivan and
her hubby former state Senator Charles Sullivan fit
Italian magazine Carta on Straight & Sembler.
ethics of naming rights for St. Pete Times Forum
may go deeper than previously reported. Was Sembler
the Tash Times been soft on Tampa's Dynamic Duo?
& Tash hide THE MOTHER of all Toga Parties
is on Florida's Council of 100--dedicated to the privatization
of Florida's government
founder plans the mother of all parties
on Tampa Channel 9, 4/03. video
at Northwestern-his alma mater
the Oakton Institute cause Jeb Bush to turn St. Pete
Junior College into a full college?
receives 1999 Florida Enterprise Medal
photos of Mel.
Sembler Day in Florida, August 8, 2000 by proclamation
of Gov. Jeb Bush
helps the Second Lady settle in
touts a favorite son
International Club of Rome holds reception for Mel Sembler
Alumni Association recognizes Mel Sembler Story2
George Bush is mooned but Betty Sembler, his benefactor,
talks international drug policy
Sembler gets nod for the Guggenheim Collection
we ever fully know the true extent of campaign contributions
by former Straight officials? story
Free America Foundation and
international drug policy
and international harm reduction
Prevention Network (GDPN) Holds The Fifth International
Drug Prevention Conference, A Forum and Training
Institute on Drug Demand Reduction Dateline,
Pomezia, Italy, 9/22 - 9/26, 2003. Ambassador
Mel Sembler, AO gave the opening remarks for this
year's conference. From the photo on the GDPN
web page one can see Mel and Betty Sembler, Calvina
Fay and a fourth woman, perhaps Stephanie Haynes
of the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas.
coverage of the conference Mel
Sembler's opening remarks
has Stephanie Haynes teamed up with this bunch?
Sembler's plans for global drug policy
2002 summit in Rome
GDPN and DFAF
Prevention Network of the Americas, Demand Reduction,
and the global reach of Straight
severs ties to its own forum
holds Drug Summit in Rome
Influence of Straight, Inc. (Drug Free America
On National and International Drug Policy
sponsors Workshops in South America
AKA Drug Free America Foundation in the news today
carries story of the Straights. FACTNet stopped
counting after 28 million hits. It is the biggest name
in cult awareness and now, thanks to work by ISAC, FACTNet
carries the Straight story. Congrats to Marti Heath
and ISAC. story
Calvina Fay blasted
for her support of phony drug war
On 2-22-04 St. Pete Times writer Robyn E. Blumner wrote
an article critical of the US government's efforts to
stifle dissenting opinions in its War on Drugs. This
prompted Straight's (now DFAF) Calvina Fay to defend
the government's position. In return two citizens blasted
about Straight in the making A
group of independent film makers are shooting a full
length documentary film about Straight called Straight
KIDS, Inc. If you have information you would
like to share with them please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Straight be culpable for any post-Straight suicides?
today's Washington Post with Meredith Vieira's
kiss could hold the key 9-6-03
of Operation PAR by Straight story
new web page
Straight, now calling itself Drug Free
America Foundation, has been funded by the federal government
to help businesses set up drug free work place environments.
America 2003 is their new page. link
Bay Auctions Dot Com carries article on Straight, Inc.
suicide of Enron executive Clifford Baxter and Straight?
Foundation grants $100,000 to DFAF Also see
Richard Mellon Scaife.
covers The Straights
gets $300,000 federal grant
the Middle of a Nightmare 3
former clients tell their stories to the Saint Petersburg
Times. The last time the Times will cover the
continuing Straight saga.
on self mutilation, sunshine deprivation and teen depression
(conditions ever present at Straight) can lead to problems
for young adults
Fay Blasts St Pete Times for Defending Constitution.
German magazine de.indymedia.org on Straight,
Indexed under "repression" the German on-line
an AlterNet article on the Semblers and Straight, Inc.
and points to the$traights dot com.
Monroe barred from DFAF
here's a picture of Calvina Fay
Fay attempts to have a doctor's license revoked
Fay, Executive Director of DFAF, wants Lester
Grinspoon's medical license revoked. Dr. Grinspoon
is a Harvard Professor and retired medical doctor who
has advocated the legal use of medical marijuana.
TO PAGE 2
The Saint Petersburg Times, "Cardenas to step aside
as leader of state GOP", 11-15-02, p. 6B.
Straight Incorporated and
The Great American Holocaust
photo, top middel is Straight-Springfield, July 1987. Photo by Michele
McDonald, Norfolk Ledger-Star.
web page is offered as a public service and as an educational resource
to those interested in learning about the potential dangers of abusive,
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