Jurors at a trial in a lawsuit against the controversial Boston-area Judge Rotenberg Center were exposed to a disturbing video April 11 of a child being submitted to its controversial “skin shock treatment.”
The video shows a child, a teenager with autism, being tied face down and shocked 31 times over seven hours.
The Judge Rotenberg Center is the only facility nationwide that uses “skin shock therapy,” a controversial method of behavior control for children and adults with developmental disabilities. As part of the therapy, residents at the facility are strapped with backpacks equipped with a GED, a remote control device that allows school authorities to regularly zap the students’ skin on their legs, arms or stomach to discourage bad behavior.
The center is currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Massachusetts legislature has tried unsuccessfully multiple times to ban the therapy, which the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture has called torture.
The video is from 2002, when the boy, now 26, lived at the center full time. His mother filed a negligence lawsuit against the center and three of its psychologists, according to an article in the Patriot-Ledger, of Quincy, Mass.
The video, courtesy of myfoxboston.com can be seen here.