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Petitioning CEO A&E Network Ms. Abbe Raven and 7 others

Justice 4 Courtney - Treat Addiction as a Disease - Not Entertainment

This Petition is being generated to save the life of 20 year old heroin addict, Courtney, who was abused at the hands of A&E Intervention; specifically, interventionist, Donna Chavous of Intervention911.

Join us to hold Donna Chavous accountable for her unethical and dangerous conduct.  Join us to hold A&E Intervention Executive Producers accountable for subsequently covering up credible allegations of this abuse from the public.

Most Importantly! Tell A&E Intervention to give Courtney and her family the treatment promised to them for appearing on the show!

On March 05, 2012, Episode 10 - Courtney aired for the first time on national television. On March 08, 2012, Attorney Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq. of Fort Lauderdale, FL informed A&E Executive Producers of specific abuses by Donna Chavous of Inervention911. Specifically, in the “Pre-Intervention” segment of the episode, interventionist, Donna Chavous, was filmed lying to Courtney's family. She claimed she had power under Florida law [The Florida Marchman Act] to have Courtney arrested on the day of the intervention, if she refused to enter treatment. Believing Ms. Chavous, the family was then subjected to a chaotic intervention, where members of the film crew and a family friend were literally thrown and dragged from a truck Courtney flees in immediately following Donna Chavous' fraudulent threat to have her arrested. As a lawyer handling Marchman Act cases for over a decade and an addiction advocate and educator, I stand by my assertion that (1) she lied to that family; and (2) doing so was wantonly reckless and dangerous.

A&E Executive Producers requested and the accepted a legal analysis of the film content and allegations of abuse by Donna Chavous. Following this they proceeded to systematically cover up the abuse of Courtney and her family. 

Courtney's family came to A&E Intervention desperate for professional help. To this day, Courtney has not received treatment despite pleas to A&E. A&E Intervention has failed to make good on their promise to Courtney's family to provide the very best intervention, treatment and recovery support for filming rights to their story.

By helping us reach our 100K signature goal you will help right this wrong and also prevent future abuse by any A&E Network employee, agent and/or independent contractor against any show participant(s). To learn the entire back-story:

Please read:

Attorney correspondence with A&E Executive Producers over abuse by interventionist Donna Chavous

Please read:

The 'Open Letter' to the treatment and recovery community against A&E abuse and cover-up

Together we can stop the exploitation of people struggling with the disease of addiction. We can hold A&E accountable for the content of this reality television program produce and sold to an estimated 100,000,000 households weekly on the backs of the infirmed and under the guise of documentary film-making.

Sign today and be heard like "Annie" (an addiction counselor from the UK), who wrote to tell us:

"We don't get that programme, or any even approaching it in the exploitation ranks, in the UK, but it seems that the addicts get a chance to go through rehab if they get filmed? i assume that they are all consenting adults, but here in the UK it does not count as consent if the person is under the influence of drugs, sex would be rape, marriage would be invalid, and to film a person for entertainment would be exploitation. the places i have worked have had a blanket policy of no contact between the media and our clients, and as workers we are only allowed to be interviewed or filmed under very specific circumstances, it's hard to believe that in the modern world that anyone would think that programme is ok."

This petition was delivered to:
  • CEO A&E Network
    Ms. Abbe Raven
  • EVP A&E Network
    Robert Debitetto
  • Director of Non-Fiction Programming
    COLLEEN CONWAY
  • Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II
    Jeff VanVonderen
  • Interventionist/Sober Coach
    Seth Jaffe
  • Interventionist
    Rod Espudo
  • Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II
    John Southworth
  • Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II
    Candy Finnigan


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