You know what? I had a person close to me once who was a survivor of one of those programs. And it did nothing, X became the biggest pot.head ever and almost suicidal with eating, drinking and taking downers.
I didn't really put it.together till now....but X's parents must have known X was abused by a family member and wanted X to not act out or start talking.
After X became a mess they always coddled X and gave X whatever he wanted. X felt smothered by X's mother's codependence who also wanted to keep X down as an artist.
One day while X was very stoned I got X to talk and X revealed it was a gay family member but not someone of the immediate family.
I often wonder if this wasn't a lie and it was actually someone closer. Whatever the case X's parents would do anything to keep things as they were and blame any outsider that caused change instead of looking at themselves.
Now I have seen multiple examples of this as a way to keep victim witnesses quiet.
Multiple survivors of the teen camp version of this control method claim they were abused at home and seemed to be just acting out or gay and their parents didn't approve.
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