Support statement of anti-shock demo by Leonard Frank
San Francisco, 12 May 2007
Greetings to all my friends participating in the anti-electroshock demonstrations (“STOP SHOCKING OUR MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS”) on Mother’s Day in Toronto, Montreal, Cork (Ireland), and Eugene (Oregon).
My congratulations to each of you for protesting the use of the barbaric psychiatric procedure known as electroshock, or ECT.
These demonstrations are needed now more than ever before.
According to a leading ECT proponent, one to two million people worldwide are being electroshocked every year. And the numbers are growing.
Electroshock is psychiatry’s shock-and-awe “treatment.”
Electroshock is psychiatry’s weapon of mass brain destruction.
Electroshock is a brainwashing method disguised as a medical treatment. One electroshock psychiatrist described the effect of intensive ECT in this way: “Their minds are like clean slates upon which we can write.”
Electroshock is a brutal, dehumanizing, memory-destroying, intelligence-lowering, brain-damaging, life-threatening technique.
Electroshock robs people of their memories, their beliefs, their hopes, their personality and their humanity.
Electroshock reduces the capacity of people to lead full, meaningful lives, and crushes their spirit.
Electroshock is a method for gutting the brain in order to control and punish people who fall or step out of line, and intimidate others who are on the verge of doing so.
Electroshock is an atrocity. Even though sanctioned by the state, it is still an atrocity. What is legal is not necessarily right. It is well to remember that the Inquisition, slavery and the Holocaust were all, in their time, legal.
Electroshock has no place in a free society, and no society in which it is used is truly free.
We need to stop electroshock and we need to stop it now.
My thoughts and good wishes are with each of you on this occasion. May it be for those struggling against electroshock one of our finest hours.
Leonard Roy Frank