Memorial Wall : victims of institutional abuse

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This Memorial Wall is our tributes to those who have died as a result of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, religious abuse, or other types of abuse. Some of these people we knew personally, others we only heard of. Abuse is not a theoretical concept, it happens to real people, and costs lives. It's important to honor those we lost to abuse by telling their stories, so that the secret that killed them does not remain secret, and so that other lives might be saved, as a result of increased awareness.
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May 24th:
Lillian Eggen
died on May 24th, 2013

Lillian Eggen was the victim of elder abuse which included substandard clinical care and being housed in in an environment that was infected with toxic mold. Since Mrs. Eggen was a Nurse she was shocked and upset to learn the facilities charge 'nurse' was an imposter who used inadequately trained caregivers.


Posted by Jane on August 20th, 2018
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June 2nd:
Omega Leach
died on June 2nd, 2007

In May, 17-year-old Omega Leach arrived at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center outside Nashville, a mental-health facility for troubled teenagers approved by the city's Department of Human Services. His stay was brief. Omega died after a physical confrontation with staff on June 3. He tried to choke one counselor, and another staffer pushed Leach facedown to the floor and pulled his arms behind his back, police said. His mother, Paulette Dolby, cried when asked about her son. She referred reporters to a lawyer, Edith Pearce, Pearce described Leach as an ordinary teenager who loved basketball and video games and doted on his younger sister. He carried a grade point average of 2.7 at Daniel Boone disciplinary school. "My career goal is to be a lawyer," he wrote recently, in words quoted in his funeral program. "I like helping people, so I plan to be an affordable lawyer, and in that case I will have to go to college."


Posted by Jane on June 16th, 2018
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June 6th:
Kalief Browder
died on June 6th, 2015

Kalief was a 22yo man from Bronx, NY, who survived abuse but committed suicide because of its aftermath. He was arrested at 16 andheld at the Riker's Island jail for three years, not convicted of any crime. He was abused by both inmates and staff at Rikers, but refused to plead guilty and be sentenced to time served; he said he wasn't guilty and wanted to go to trial. Once released, Kalief tried to rebuild his life: got a job, went to college, but he couldn't cope with the emotional aftermath of his jail experience, the flashbacks, the anxiety, the hypervigilance, and eventually paranoia and psychosis.

Being home is way better than being in jail, but in my mind right now I feel like I'm still in jail, because I'm still feeling the side effects from what happened in there. I'm trying to break out of my shell, but I guess there is no shell. I guess this is just how I am - I'm just quiet and distant. I don't like being this way, but it's just natural to me now. (...) I might be attacked; I might be robbed, because, believe me, in jail you know there's all type of criminal stuff that goes on. Before I went to jail, I didn't know about a lot of stuff, and, now that I'm aware, I'm paranoid. (...) People tell me because I have this case against the city I'm all right. But I'm not all right. I'm messed up. I know that I might see some money from this case, but that's not going to help me mentally. I'm mentally scarred right now. That's how I feel. Because there are certain things that changed about me and they might not go back.

Kalief killed himself on June 6th, 2015. The day before, he told his mother, "Ma, I can't take it anymore."


Posted by Manya on March 7th, 2016
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June 19th:
Esmin Green
died on June 19th, 2008

49yo Esmin Green from Jamaica was living in NYC and working at a daycare, to support her 6 children in Jamaica. She was losing her job and about to lose her apartment, was struggling emotionally, seemed agitated, and her church pastor called 911. Mrs Green was waiting for treatment for nearly 24 hours in the psychiatric ER waiting room. At 5:32AM she collapsed on the floor. The hospital staff was present, but ignored Mrs Green till 6:35AM, when they nudged her with their foot. Help was summoned three minutes later, an hour after her collapse. Mrs Green was already dead; she died of blood clots caused by long period of inactivity. Security camera footage was released to the public; Mrs Green's oldest daughter, 31yo Tecia Harrison, said she couldn't watch it. "I haven't seen it, and I don't think I have the heart or mind to watch it because that's my mother there," she said. "That's the woman who gave birth to me 31 years ago. I cannot watch that."


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017
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July 1st:
Anthony Haynes
died on July 1st, 2001

Anthony Haynes died July 1 2001 while at an Arizona boot camp operated by the America's Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactors Association. The investigation into his death is ongoing, but sources close to the camp said Anthony was also deprived of food and water and forced to stand in the sun for hours without water. Former camp drill instructors have said that counselors often kicked the youths, and the boys' daily diet consisted of only an apple, a carrot and a bowl of beans. On Sunday July 1st 2001 staff reportedly beat and bruised kids in the hot desert sun. But the worst was yet to come for Anthony Haynes. The kids say that after several hours in the sun, Anthony began to hallucinate. "He said he saw Indians and water," He was also eating dirt. By sundown, they say Anthony had gotten worse. "He was passed out. His face was just pale." But when contacted Colonel said Anthony was faking his sickness. "I've seen Anthony do the very same thing before." The staff took Anthony to a motel and put him in a bathtub and turned on the shower. They then reportedly left him alone for five to ten minutes. When they returned, according to some witnesses, Anthony was face down in the water and barely responsive. An instructor called Colonel Long. Despite that call, Long was convinced Anthony was faking, and ordered his staff to bring him back to camp. That's where Colonel Long finally got concerned and tried to revive Anthony. His wife called 911. At this point, Anthony Haynes was not breathing and died soon after being airlifted to hospital.


Posted by Jane on July 3rd, 2018
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July 10th:
Isaiah Buckner
died on July 10th, 2013

10yo Isaiah from Vermont, USA, loved video games, action figures, comic books, and anything to do with Sonic. His favorite food was chicken, popcorn, popsicles, Airheads, Fruity Pebbles & Lucky Charms. He could never get enough orange juice. He loved spending time with his friends at the Austine School for the Deaf, cuddling with his mom and dad, getting tickled, taking pictures, and giving everyone around him hugs and kisses. "He was a boy filled with curiosity for everything and a love that shined brighter than the largest star that warmed whomever's heart was lucky enough for it to shine its light upon it. There was not a hateful or angry bone in his beautiful body." Isaiah was beaten to death by his caregiver.


Posted by Manya on June 16th, 2017
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July 21st:
Gina Score
died on July 21st, 1999

14yo Gina from Dacota, USA, died after a forced run at a juvenile boot camp where she was sent for petty theft (she stole food). Gina had a heart condition and was overweight, so her mom was concerned that intense exercises in summer heat might be unsafe for her, but Gina's corrections officer told her girls gradually break into the running part of the program. Gina died of hyperthermia five days after arriving at the boot camp. Her parents plan to use the settlement to pay for psychiatric treatment for children released from the state's juvenile corrections system. Gina's mom said she wanted "to help them get back to a normal way of life away from the brainwashing, to readjust to society. We want to make sure this never happens to another child or another parent again." Gina's dad is planning to publish a book of his daughter's poetry. Here's one poem by Gina:

Tell me a wish and I'll grant it,
tell me what you see and I'll tell you what I know,
show me the moon and I'll show you the stars,
tell me a lie and I'll tell you goodbye.


Posted by Manya on June 16th, 2018
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August 7th:
Myles Hill
died on August 7th, 2017

3yo Myles from Florida, USA, loved to cuddle with his grandmother and showing his great aunt how to play a race-car game on his tablet. "He was always doing something," she said. "He was a very happy little boy." Myles was left in a parked van for nearly 12 hours because his day-care worker forgot to do a headcount before dropping the kids off for the day at 9AM. According to meteorologists, the high temperature that day was 93, and it would have only taken an hour for the inside the van to reach temperatures topping 140 degrees. Myles' body was found in the van at about 8:30PM, when his grandmother couldn't reach the daycare by phone and went there in person.

"If you leave your child with someone, that person has the responsibility of taking care of them," said his great aunt. "He had to lose his life because of someone's neglect. It's not right. It's not right at all. If you have six kids get in the van, you make sure six kids get out of the van."


Posted by Manya on October 16th, 2017
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August 18th:
Roshelle Clayborne
died on August 18th, 1997

Roshelle Clayborne was put facedown in a prone hold on August 18, 1997. She complained she couldn't breathe, but staff ignored her and shot her full of Thorazine. They stood around and watched as Clayborne lost control of her bowels and grew still, blood trickling from her mouth. Later, they rolled her onto a blanket and dragged her into an 8-by-10-foot seclusion room, where she died alone. Roshelle's death, was investigated by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS), the state agency that regulates treatment centers for mentally ill youths they cited the facility for numerous rules infractions, concluding that the restraint used on Roshelle was improper and carried out by mental health care workers who were inadequately trained and supervised.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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August 24th:
Loretta Hooker
died on August 24th, 2011

89yo Mrs Hooker died of cardiovascular disease and hyperthermia at a California assisted-care facility designed for residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A week prior to that, her son came for his twice-a-week visit with her and found her outside, sitting on a concrete patio, "alone and under the hot summer sun with no shade or supervision," according to his elder abuse and wrongful death lawsuit. "She was in obvious discomfort, appeared weak and was sweating profusely." Mrs Hooker was unable to open patio doors by herself even if they were unlocked. He brought her inside and complained to supervisors, but the next week found her alone on the patio again. "This time, however, she was unresponsive, drenched with perspiration and in obvious respiratory distress," the suit said. Paramedics took Mrs Hooker to a hospital emergency room, where doctors determined she was in cardiac arrest. They tried to cool her body but she was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Posted by Manya on February 27th, 2016
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