H.R. 911 Update, the petition and a trip to D.C.

Many of you have already signed the petition urging the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee to schedule a hearing on HR 911 – the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009.

At last look there were approximately 80 signatures, some accompanied by personal accounts of abuse.  Thanks to everyone.  Please keep passing the word around. And, if you haven’t signed and would like to click here to be taken to petition page.

I am planning to meet with David Johns in Washington D.C. at the end of the month to discuss this bill, the potential for a hearing and to share your stories and signatures.  Mr. Johns works for Senator Harkin (D-IA), the ranking member of the Senate HELP committee, and is the lead on the issues that HR 911 covers.  (My friend Steve Sodders is an Iowa State Senator and was kind enough to contact Senator Tom Harkin’s office to facilitate this meeting. Thank you Steve!)

In the meantime, I thought you may be interested in see what the push back to this bill looks like.  This is from Jack Patterson, founder of Reclamation Ranch, an abusive Christian “school” in Alabama:

Our legal issues are over Praise the Lord! Read our legal page for update.  Please pray about Bill 911. If it passes in the House of Representatives, Bill 911 will destroy the opportunity to help the 13 to 17 young people.


“we urge all our friends to help us defeat this wicked bill called HR911”


You will notice when you click on the Hope of Israel link you are required to enter a password.  When Teresa Frye, a survivor of an abusive Christian home, sent me this two weeks ago, that wasn’t the case.

HR 911 is not perfect.  There are a host of organizations that have analyzed and made recommended changes to the bill.  I have my own problems with some of the language and what I consider falling short on restrictions for employment and/or starting one of these schools.  But, it is a good bill overall.  It is a step forward in casting a net over abusive “Christian” homes in addition public entities.

6 thoughts on “H.R. 911 Update, the petition and a trip to D.C.

  1. Teresa says:

    Maybe I can answer that, Fonda. However, it might be a long answer.
    This will continue as long as there are those who are willing to believe that these type of “institutions” are helpful simply because they are declared “christian”, and do not use their God given ability to THINK, question and research for themselves.
    This will continue as long as these same people/churches/private organizations keep giving $$ to those who operate such places and make a very good living at it.
    This will continue as long as our elected officials choose to ignore what’s going on, or simply turn a blind-eye, for fear of losing “Christian” voters who support these places.
    This will continue as long as those who have survived these type places remain complacent because it doesn’t directly affect their lives anymore, or are too afraid to speak out about what happened to them for fear of rebuke, or just being called a liar.
    I could continue for pages and pages, but I think you get the idea.

  2. A Survivor says:

    Another big problem with these homes is that to the naked eye – they seem safe and they seem good. The internet wasn’t readily available for research the way it is now. The parents are often desperate and think they are doing the right thing. They have no idea what goes on there after they drive away.

    I remember the “act” we put on when parents came to visit. The incoming kids were allowed to wear “unauthorized” clothes and makeup, do stuff we normally weren’t allowed to do, etc. All until the moment their parents left and then it was all taken away.

    It is a shame that these places aren’t what the parents think they are. They are looking for a way to help their kids and in the end they are really just doing more damage.

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