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Women raped at Nashville mental hospital - silenced [May. 24th, 2014|08:49 pm]
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Please share this story with everyone you know. Two different patients, both female, were sexually assaulted by a male patient at Skyline Medical Center: Madison campus. The hospital is for mental patients and is located on 500 Hospital Drive
Madison, TN 37115.

In both cases, the male patient entered the female patients' rooms and assaulted them.

In both cases, the female patient has filed a lawsuit against the hospital for the rapes. Skyline has denied any wrongdoing or attempts to cover up what happened to these women. They also refuse to apologize or offer any kind of compensation for the pain and suffering these women have gone through as a result of Skyline's negligence. Nursing staff are supposed to keep watch on all mental patients and patients are not supposed to enter the room of another patient. The doors to patient rooms are never supposed to be closed. The door was closed in both cases.

The first lawsuit is McCall Brister v HCA Health Services (The parent company of Skyline Medical Center)
Trial court 2010C86

The second lawsuit has not gone to trial yet. It is Jennifer Johnson v HCA Health Services
Civil Action No. 12C5163

In both cases, the male patients were not punished or arrested. No rape kits were performed. The female patients were not examined or tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

In the case of Jennifer Johnson, the female patient immediately reported her rape to nursing staff at Skyline Madison Campus. One nurse, Pamela Mitchell, R.N., told Ms. Johnson that they decided that it was not rape but was instead "nonconsensual sex". Her exact words. Pamela told Ms. Johnson that they had "taken cared of it" and that they "did not need to talk about it anymore." Ms. Johnson tried to discuss the rape with others but was instructed by the unit therapist, Debbie Waddell (Debbie.Waddell@ HCAHealthcare.com) to stop talking about it. Debbie would repeat "we're not talking about that right now" when Ms. Johnson tried to discuss the rape.

These are not the only cases of female patients being raped in hospitals and having it covered up. But justice is rarely served and many of these women suffer not only from their rape but from being told to forget about it, to keep silent about it. And because they are mental patients they are more vulnerable to judgment and being taken advantage of.

Please help spread awareness of what happened to these women. Families send their loved ones to the Skyline Madison Campus in Nashville expecting the hospital staff to look after them. Not only does the staff fail to properly supervise the patients in order to prevent nonconsensual sexual contact, but when something goes wrong they sweep it under the rug and the patients suffer because of it.

Thank you.
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Changes proposed to DSM 5; online feedback wanted [Feb. 10th, 2010|08:07 pm]
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Some changes to the DSM-5 have been proposed and it says on the official website for the DSM-5 that they're taking feedback online about them.

Here is the URL: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
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(no subject) [Sep. 17th, 2009|10:53 am]
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Are you a psychiatric survivor?

If so we would like to hear your stories for "Sanity is Slavery."

Whether you have been locked up against your own will, sent away to abusive facilities, forced to take medication that destroyed your life, socially stigmatized by the psychiatric industry, etc. we are interested in hearing from you.

Please send your testimonials to teh.haywire@gmail.com. The only requirement is that your story is true and that your testimonial is well written. Whether you are a musician, artist, writer, poet, philosopher, filmmaker, blogger, model, photographer, builder-of-new-realities, all-around-freak, or several of these things combined we would like to hear what you have to say.

-Rachel Haywire

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(no subject) [May. 8th, 2009|02:57 am]
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machineKUNT Records presents a new musical compilation that seeks to fight against psychiatric abuse. We are taking submissions till July 25th. Email haywire@machinekunt.com with high quality waves or aiffs. All submissions will be fully listened to and considered.

Sanity is Slavery.

We are more than the mental disorders that you diagnosis us with. We are sick of being locked up for the way we choose to express ourselves. We are sick of Ritalin being force-fed to 10 year old children. We are sick of the constant abuse that goes on in psychiatric institutions. Now is our time to fight.

All genders and genres welcome.

10% of proceeds go to MindFreedom International (mindfreedom.org) which is an organization for human rights in the mental health system.
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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2008|01:49 am]
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Hello, this community seems to be somewhat slow, but just in case there is anyone out there: I am hoping to start an Icarus Project branch/meeting going on in my area, and I am wondering if there is any sort of guidelines for doing this- basically I am looking for ideas on what other people have been doing in their communities to raise awareness on radical mental health, and how to start gathering members and support.
Thanks in advance.
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(no subject) [Apr. 22nd, 2007|11:43 am]
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is anyone else having trouble getting onto the icarus project website today?

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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2007|12:19 am]
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Hi all,

In my struggle with self injury I have been looking for resources that are trans-positive and include stories from male identified people. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any. I believe the resource should be out there and I am committed to helping to create such a resource. I see self injury as a coping mechanism and my goal is to spread awareness around the issues of self injury that are inclusive of the transmasculine community.

I'm asking for personal contributions particularly from the FTM, transmasculine and genderqueer community from people who either currently deal with or in the past have dealt with self injury. Note, stories from people of all identities will be accepted. I'm interested in how people learn to stop or the struggle to stop. What has helped (or not helped) along the way. Support or lack thereof. How one describes their self injury to others (if at all). Or anything else that you wish to share.

Please submit your stories to ftmsi@yahoo.com before June 1st.
Thank you,
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survey participants wanted: mental health in militant milieu [Feb. 7th, 2007|10:00 am]
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survey participants wanted: mental health in militant milieu

Message: ***pour une version francaise
contactez amanda@resist.ca***

I am writing an article about the ways
in which we need to develop a more
compassionate and cohesive strategy for
dealing with what is commonly termed
"mental health issues" in our
communities. The original proposal for
the article is below. Right now, I am
looking for people to respond to a
questionnaire over email about your
experiences. Please read further for
more information or write to me at
amanda@resist.ca with questions or to

There are 2 parts, the first would be
closed-ended questions about what you
experience/how you situate yourself
within a mental health discourse and the
second would be more open-ended
questions relating to what you have
needed or been able to provide for
people struggling with mental health and
in/sanity and what you think could be or
needs to be done to build a more
sustainable supportive community or network.

I am asking people to respond to either
part or both, and you could opt out of
any questions you wanted to.

Nothing on email is 100% secure but to
the best of my ability i will keep your
participation and responses completely
confidential. Any responses in French
will need to be translated but will be
done without your name or contact info
associated with it, by someone who will
also commit to absolute confidentiality.
Anonymous responses are welcome. I will
under no circumstances disclose the
names or contacts of anyone who
participated, or any identifying facts
or features, without explicit consent
from the person/people involved. I will
transfer responses to a file that
doesn’t associate directly to your
name, email or contact info. The survey
will ask permission to maintain a system for
reassociating your contact info with
your questionnaire in the event that i
want to ask permission to follow up with
you specifically. If you decline
permission, I will remove any way of
associating your contact info with your

This is not rigorous research and not
supervised by anyone else; i have no
formal training in research methods and
do not have any criteria for
participation other than self-selection.

At the moment, i want to use these
responses as indications of the
realities of people in left-libertarian
scenes in an article i am writing
for perspectives. i hope to do public
talks and more writing in the

Contact me for a copy of the article

Thanks very much for your time. I can
be contacted at amanda@resist.ca
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