Attachment with an Accent

Adelaide Eleanor Dupont 10 April 2010

By the time you read Attachment with an Accent, it will have been 10 years since Candace Tiara Elmore, a 10-year-old girl, died on 18th April 2000. Ten years on, survivors of coercive therapies such as, or similar to, the ones she experienced, are speaking and writing more widely about their experiences. The proverb You can’t go home again is a very true saying, for most people in most situations. It means, generally, that you can’t go back to the circumstances of your birth. And, yet, I read just now on the Internet about a Russian-born boy returning to Russia from America. He has been deported. This is during the time that the US and Russia are making an agreement that neither side will use nuclear weapons against the other. Because of this young man, Russia is again saying that they will not allow their children to be adopted to the US. But it is not only because of him. As you will see and read, you will find out about young children like David Polreis. He died in 1997.

I would like to say thank you and acknowledge the survivors who have spoken out about their experiences, and the professionals who have stood out and stuck their necks, often in the face of legal threats and threats to their security and safety, in various fora from the Internet to face-to-face. Two years ago, at Easter time (26th March 2008), I began to read Darkness Visible. Roughly contemporaneous [within two years] of the treatment of Candace Elmore (Newmaker), a survivor told her story. Over the past two years, I have seen many comments and opinions in regard to this and experiences like it. Over time, other survivors began to tell their stories. Until that time, many had been isolated. The mission widened too. It became about exposing the doctors and therapists in whose authority these practices had been done. It also became about finding allies. And it became about educating the public. It also became about celebrating the survivors’ creativity with art and reading. They could now enjoy these things in the context of their whole lives.

Please do the right thing and look beyond the headlines. We have examined a lot of aspects in the United States and internationally: including the things we are traditionally not supposed to talk about – religion, politics and sex.

Chronological Table of Contents History Before 2008 2008February 2008-March 2008-April 2008-May 2008-June 2008-July 2009-January 2009-February 2009-March 2009-April 2009-May 2009-June 2009-July 2009-August 2009September 2009-October 2009November 2009December 2010-January 2010-February 2010-March 2010-April Current Events After 2010

Geographical Regions Table of Contents

United Kingdom France Netherlands Germany Austria Romania Czech Republic Slovakia

Victoria New South Wales South Australia Queensland Northern Territory Western Australia Australian Capital Territory

China Vietnam Thailand


Survivor Accounts Table of Contents Wayward Radish Katrina (part 1) (part 2) Mia (part 1) (part 2) Renee Gravelle Ginger

Please note, that unless noted, these are the pen names of the above survivors. Please note, also, that some of the accounts are interviews. All accounts linked to here come from A Search for Survivors (2008 – present). If you are a survivor and are reading Attachment with an Accent, I would love to hear from you!