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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."

Letter to
CEO A&E Network Ms. Abbe Raven
EVP A&E Network Robert Debitetto
Director of Non-Fiction Programming COLLEEN CONWAY
and 5 others
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
Thank you for reading this letter.

We are your audience. We are members of the legal, education and treatment professions. We are the recovery community. We are families touched by the disease of addiction. We are supporters and advocates of this cause.

We as for your help to right a wrong committed by interventionist, Donna Chavous, of Intervention911 and your own executive producers at 'Intervention'. Both must be held accountable for recent abuses against show participant - Courtney and her family by this Interventionist. Furthermore, your executive producers must additionally be held accountable for condoning the abuse by: (1) systematically censoring viewer outrage over the incident; (2) and covering up the credible legal source, who first brought the abuse to their attention - at their request.

Our demands are reasonable and achievable:

(1) Honor the 90 days of inpatient treatment and protocols promised to Courtney and her family; including any and all avenues of getting Courtney into treatment via the Florida Marchman Act statute as a represented to her family as a resource;

(2) Public acknowledgement of interventionist, Donna Chavous, abuse AND the Executive Producers knowledge and deliberate decision not to act on credible allegations of abuse; including the willful censorship of audience outrage and professional legal analysis detailing the abuse;

(3) Immediately halt all existing avenues whereby A&E exploits and profits from digital content and transmission or sale of Courtney's abuse; including, any and all Episodes showcasing Donna Chavous.

(4) Instituting Independent 3rd party professional oversight by a committee of our selection for any future A&E content produced for public viewing and/or sale, which involves the portrayal of any professional/clinical service or aspect in the diagnosis, treatment and/or recovery from mental or physical infirmity; including portrayals of the infirmed or those associated with them.

(5) Public rehabilitation of Florida's Marchman Act statute that A&E Intervention and Donna Chavous fraudulently misrepresented to Courtney's family and the nation to the detriment of Courtney.

You may read for yourself and discover the culpability of your Executive Producers at A&E Intervention at:

http://www.marchmanactblog.com/2012/03/intervention-addiction-recovery-legal.html

You may also examine the impact of this incident upon the treatment and recovery community and the families touched by the disease of addiction at

http://www.marchmanactblog.com/2012/04/open-letter-to-addiction-professionals.html

You need to know: (1) these allegations are credible; and (2) the decision makers at A&E Intervention continue to compound the damage of what simply began as a rouge interventionists grandstanding for your cameras. Unfortunately, your Executive Producers have dragged the credibility of the entire network into the dialogue. Believe me when I say we know more about this than your producers think and they are telling you less than you know.

Attorney Ferrero attempted to right this wrong with your network and remains willing. He will continue to advocate for this cause until satisfied the abuse will stop.

He can be reached at: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=13503376&trk=tab_pro

Respectfully,