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Petitioning Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Michael J. Dougher and 11 others

ABAI: Stop Supporting the Judge Rotenberg Center and the Torture of Americans with Disabilities


The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts has been a source of national and international criticism for decades for their application of contingent electric shock, food deprivation and other forms of "aversives" - pain as a means of behavior modification - against children and adults with disabilities. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture has termed these practices torture and the Department of Justice has an ongoing investigation against the Judge Rotenberg Center. The Association for Behavioral Analysis International has for years allowed the Judge Rotenberg Center to present and exhibit at their conference. This petition is aimed at sending ABAI a message that torture is unacceptable and that it is past time for them to accept their moral responsibilities and condemn aversives and the Judge Rotenberg Center.

Letter to
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Michael J. Dougher
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Megan D. Aclan
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Antonio M. Harrison
and 9 others
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Sarah M. Dunkel-Jackson
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Kathryn Saunders
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Gregory J. Madden
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Maria Martha Hübner
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Raymond C. Pitts
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Timothy R. Vollmer
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Kurt Salzinger
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dick Malott
Association for Behavioral Analysis International Dr. Maria E. Malott
The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts has been a source of national and international criticism for decades for their application of contingent electric shock, food deprivation and other forms of "aversives" - pain as a means of behavior modification - against children and adults with disabilities. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture has termed the Judge Rotenberg Center's use of contingent electric shock as torture and the Department of Justice has an ongoing investigation against the Judge Rotenberg Center.

For years, the Judge Rotenberg Center has been an exhibitor at the Association for Behavioral Analysis' conferences. ABAI has legitimized the Judge Rotenberg Center's abusive practices by giving it a platform to recruit and present themselves as within the professional mainstream. We are urging you to condemn the Judge Rotenberg Center, ban them and other abusive service-providers from your conference and support a ban on the use of pain as a means of behavior modification as a method of treatment. This issue demands meaningful action - for far too long, ABAI has given a platform to a facility that engages in the wholesale abuse of disabled children and adults. It is past time for this to end - we urge you to realize your moral responsibility in this matter and act now.

Sincerely,