CAPA endorses anti-shock protest in Montreal, May 10/08
May 2, 2008
CAPA Endorses Anti-Shock Protest in Montreal
“Stop Shocking Our Mothers and Grandmothers”
May 10, 2008
The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) in Toronto
Wholeheartedly and proudly endorses the protest against electroshock (“ECT”) organized by the Comite Pare-chocs in collaboration with Action Autonomic and other human rights advocacy organizations in Montreal on May 10, 2008.
We totally agree with your demand Stop Shocking Our Mothers and Grandmothers, which was also CAPA’s demand during our anti-shock protest on Mother’s Day (May 13) last year. As we know from our painful personal experiences and the public testimonies of hundreds of courageous sister shock survivors, this psychiatric atrocity is routinely inflicted without informed consent, against the person’s will. Since two to three times more women than men undergo electroshock and disproportionately large numbers of elderly women are also shocked, electroshock is sexist and ageist. Both women and men experience this so-called “safe and effective treatment” as psychiatric rape or torture. Electroshock always causes trauma, permanent memory loss, brain damage, and sometimes death; these are direct effects, not “side effects”. CAPA will continue to support the courageous resistance against electroshock in Montreal and other cities in Canada and other countries. We stand with you in our continuing struggle to ban electroshock now!
Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault