Shadowkid and the Guys , I work with kids who go to and from BootCamps and I do hear and deal with the kinds of stories you've experienced. I agree there are terrible people that make those experiences terrible and horrible. There are some good people as well.
I am angry at those jurisdictions that misuse bootcamps and others just as horrible places because "it's convenient for" the system. I deplore those jurisdictions that allow these places to operate without accountability and a 'checks and balances' system. That the child advocates aren't able to step in and correct these problems.
I'm sorry for you guys that were terrorized, beaten, assaulted and a host of other horrendous experiences that should never have happened. My anger moves into 'homicidal' mode against such exploitative people in the system. I do not ever want to minimize the trauma and tragedy these places can inflict. Some of you are products of these "cesspools" of S&M guards.
But not all boot camps ruin kids lives.
PS: Mell, Shadow and others - your stories are awful - but don't let those evil parts of a system steal from what you have accomplished in recovery today.
If you think you can or you can't - you're right!.......anon
It's never too late to have a happy childhood!.....anon
You're very normal for the abnormal situation you've been through..............S. Todd