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14 July 2009: Bastille Day Protest Against Use of ECT on Children

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A protest against the use of electroshock on children in Albany, New York.

14 July 2009: Bastille Day Protest Against Use of ECT on Children

Protesters in Albany, New York

WHAT: Protest against the use of ECT on children

WHEN: 14 July 2009

WHERE: Albany, New York, USA

On Bastille Day, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, protesters spoke out on the East Lawn of the Capitol Building (at State and Eagle Streets) for most of a 24-hour period, from 9 AM - 2 PM and 5 PM - 9 AM. (Bastille Day has been a traditional day of protest by psychiatric survivors for decades, at the suggestion of MindFreedom member Myra Kovary, thus leading to the designation of July as Mad Pride month!)
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Dorothy Dundas

While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960's, MindFreedom member Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a "schizophrenic" and forced to undergo 40 combined insulin coma-electroshock "treatments." Dorothy says, "I experienced and witnessed many atrocities. I believe that luck, determination, and my own anger and one compassionate advocate were my best friends on the road to my ultimate survival and freedom." Through a number of op-ed pieces, she has voiced her opposition to abusive psychiatric practices. Her poster, "Behind Locked Doors," which she created from her hospital records, is used in training programs. Dorothy lives in the Boston area where she has raised her four wonderful children. She founded and is the sole driver in her "safe, friendly and reliable" car service called The Crystal Lake Express.
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