Kidnapped, Trapped, Silenced
My name is Megan Dianne Robins and my purpose for writing this is to try to give a voice to the helpless and the hopeless that have been left to do or die alone. To fight a battle that they cannot win.
My fellow American citizens, how dare we call our country "the land of the free and the home of the brave". How dare we declare that all of our citizens have rights.
We do not all have equal rights. There is a huge part of our population that is suffering through these hard times I would dare to say even worse than the average jobless American citizen. They suffer in silence because they cannot speak, not because they do not want to, but because they have been silenced.
How dare we call ourselves the land of the free. We have no right to say we are the land of the free when a huge group of people have no rights to protect their freedom at all.
I speak of the youth of the nation. Parents own a child's life until the age of 18. During those long 18 years a child has little to no rights at all. A child has no protection against what their parents and society can do for them.
Yes, we have Child Protective Services. Yes, there are laws in place to protect against abuse. But let us acknowledge the fact that CPS is useless when it comes to the youth that are in their teenage years. The laws against abuse are simply there to protect against physical abuse but mental and emotional abuse are neglected by these laws. Even worse, "physical abuse" is basically defined by the law as "leaving a mark". Abuse leaves scars that none can see but a child can feel.
What is more disturbing than the fact that children and teens can suffer abuse from the adults that they count on to love and protect them and be silenced.
Troubled teenage programs, hospitals, maybe even some rehabilitation centers silence their cries for help. Upon arrival in some of these places teenagers are told to strip either down to their undergarments or completely naked and inspected for wepons or items that could be used for self harm. If they were to ask for one phone call they are told they cannot make one to a person of their choosing. In one particular program they take you in with a group of others who are the same gender. They tell you what you are not allowed to speak about and what you are. They force religion upon you and teach you that "accountability" is to tell staff when another person has a fellow "student" did something wrong. These "students" are punished for what they can and cannot say.
How dare America claim to be the land of the free when the youth of our nation, the future of our society, are denied their right to speak. Our youth, our future, are denied a phone call where a man who has raped a girl, a woman who has murdered someone, any criminal recieves that right.
How are we the "land of the free" when our youth are denied basic human rights that are said to be equal to all under the very constitution that our counrty is built upon?
How are we the "home of the brave" when the future citizens of our nation are being locked away in some places where they lack a proper medical staff and they are told what to say how to behave and what to think?
Youths are being taken to christian boarding schools for rehabilitation from drugs with no proper medical staff available for withdrawl symptoms and for anorexia again with no proper medical care. What is more disturbing is that they are treated as if they are being punished along with the other "students" with no difference in treatment.
The goal that I aim for is not to shut troubled teenage programs down or other facilities like it.
My goal is to provide a set of Miranda Rights for minors.
These would include:
1. The right to a phone call even when taken to a facility.
2: The right to proper medical care.
3. The right to speak freely.
4. Freedom from verbal abuse due to identity, sexual orientation, or religion.
5. The right to demand a drug test if sent away to rehabilitate.
6. The right to demand a backround check if put in a facility for a crime or being reported as a runaway.
7. The right to demand to go to the proper facility for treatment or rehabilitation.
8. The right to participate in other productive activities in the place of being forced to attend a religious practices.
There are youth that are being stolen by escorts and forced to go to places where they are silenced without proper medical care and without a respect for their rights. I am speaking on their behalf so they may be heard.