The anti-psychiatry movement lost a brave survivor on August 7, 2015.
Friends and fellow activists have honored Sue Clark with blog and Facebook posts and YouTube videos; all expressions of gratitude and respect for her and her experiences. And what horrific experiences she’s had. Sue’s story in her own words. Sue’s story presented in a Tribute by Bonnie Burstow.
Transcripts of Sue’s story presented at the Inquiry into Psychiatry 2005 (Electroshock Hearing (day 1 tape 1)
Lauren Tenny video tribute with Sue’s Testimony.
Sue’s story is an important one; it reveals an ugly reality many children face; abuse, indifference, and torture via psychiatry’s tools; abusive, invalidating therapies, toxic in-efficacious drugs, and brain damaging, life destroying electroshock.
Today, children like Sue was at the beginning of her hellish journey, are being swallowed up by the psychiatric system.
Some are abused in their home life, only to later be abused by the soulless, tyrannical system called psychiatry.
A system that claims to know the mind best and purports to heal it.
Kids that will be tortured by psychiatric drugs.
and some day may also be subjected to electroshock on a wider scale than is legal today. All thanks to efforts by people like Edward Shorter, (My commentary on Shorter’s stance) and various other psychiatrists who are actively chipping away at the societal aversion to shocking children as well as legal barriers that protect kids’ developing minds and bodies from the shock machines.
Abuse of young people like Sue continues, which is why it’s important to take time to learn about this remarkable woman.
Please, don’t just read her story and go about life as usual; help carry her torch.
Survive. Learn. Share truth. Support and stand with and for those unable to speak for themselves like Sue did.
You fought a good fight, Sue.
Thank you for surviving.
Thank you for fearlessly speaking out for decades.
You are an inspiration.
I hope you’ve finally found peace.
More about Sue
International Campaign to Ban Electroshock, created by Sue and her Husband.
Burstow, B. (2015, August 11). BizOMadness: What Do We Owe When a Shock Survivor Dies?: On the Death of Sue Clark-Wittenberg. Retrieved from http://bizomadness.blogspot.ca/2015/08/what-do-we-owe-when-shock-survivor-dies.html
Clark, S. (2005, April 9). Electroshock Hearing (day 1 tape 1). Interview. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from https://coalitionagainstpsychiatricassault.wordpress.com/articles/personal-narratives/
Clark, S. (2009, January 9). I am Sue Clark-Wittenberg. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://psychrights.org/Stories/IAmSueClarkWittenberg.htm
Ghaziuddin, N., & Walter, G. (2013). Electroconvulsive therapy in children and adolescents (1st ed.). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE) | helping to end electroshock universally. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://intcamp.wordpress.com/
International Campaign to Ban Electroshock, & Clark-Wittenberg, S. (2007). About | International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE). Retrieved August 25, 2015, from https://intcamp.wordpress.com/about/
M. (2008, March 3). They Almost Killed Me – Part 2 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAzYo_9PMzI
M. (2008, February 29). They Almost Killed Me – Part 1 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuLVdZQwbgA
Personal Testimonies | Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault. (2005). Retrieved August 25, 2015, from https://coalitionagainstpsychiatricassault.wordpress.com/articles/personal-narratives/
Rice, J. D. (2015, August 12). Edward Shorter Enthusiastically Pimps Shock and Old Drugs for Suicidal Kids | aftershock. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from https://aftershocklifeafterect.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/edward-shorter-enthusiastically-pimps-shock-and-old-drugs-for-suicidal-kids/
Shorter, E. (2013, December 1). Electroconvulsive Therapy in Children | Psychology Today. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-everyone-became-depressed/201312/electroconvulsive-therapy-in-children
Shorter, E. (2015, July 11). Despite an Ocean of Medication Teenage Suicides Soar | Psychology Today. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-everyone-became-depressed/201507/despite-ocean-medication-teenage-suicides-soar
Tenny, L. (2015, August). In Loving Memory of Sue Clark-Wittenberg on Vimeo [Video file]. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/135985295