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  • Juvenile Sexual Assaults Victims of Dr. William Ayres: The Forgotten Victims

    For forty years, hundreds of juveniles in San Mateo County, California were sexually assaulted in court-ordered sessions by prominent child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres. But when the victims spoke out, they were either ignored or punished by authorities. It wasn’t until 2002, when journalist Victoria Balfour contacted police on behalf of one of Ayres’ victims, a private patient, that a criminal case against Ayres began to get traction. In 2013, Ayres, a former President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, pleaded no contest to molesting boys who had been his private patients. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. However, Balfour had a fierce belief that the voices of his juvenile victims urgently needed to be heard in this case as well. When agencies in San Mateo County whose job it was to protect juveniles rebuffed her request to find the juvenile victims, Balfour embarked on a 3 and-a-half year project to find them herself. Working on a detective's theory that most of Ayres' juvenile victims were now in prison, she wrote to more than 300 inmates from San Mateo County and asked if they had been evaluated by Ayres. Balfour’s article recounts the horrifying and heartbreaking responses she received from inmates about their abuse by Dr. Ayres, one of the most prolific child molesters in recent California history.
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

    This book documents how the per-capita disability rate due to mental illness has increased six-fold since 1955, when Thorazine was introduced into asylum medicine. The number of adults on government disability has tripled since 1987, the year Prozac was introduced. Finally, the number of children receiving disability due to a serious mental illness has risen 35-fold since 1987.
  • Scientology: A Question of Faith

    "The report is an hour-long investigation into the Church of Scientology's vehement opposition to the practice of psychiatry, and how that many have contributed to the brutal murder of Elli Perkings..." Perkings was a Scientologist whose son, Jeremey, suffered acute schizophrenia. He went without any formal psychiatric treatment. He stabbed his mother to death because he believed she was evil.
  • Head Games

    Alan Pendergast, staffwriter for Denver's Westword reports that in 2004, 20% of Colorado's jail population was diagnosed with severe mental illness, and "the true number may be much higher, since some inmates' illnesses are never properly diagnosed." The story compares cost of psychiatric lock-up versus community mental health care. Pendergast advises other journalists doing similar stories should "insist that someone in the accontable chain of command review and comment on the records, even if the actual treatment providers are refusing to be interviewed."
  • Prescription for Profit: Two failed hospitals and one very rich doctor; Requiem for a Psych Ward

    From the questionnaire, "Our stories look at two nonprofit Detroit hospitals that closed because of bankruptcy. We revealed that, in both cases, for-profit companies controlled by one doctor - who also established both of the nonprofit entities - reaped millions of dollars in profits from those hospitals before they closed. We also discovered that, while companies controlled by this doctor were receiving millions of dollars, patient care suffered drastically and short-handed staff struggled to provide service."
  • The Yates Odyssey

    When Andrea Yeates drowned her five children in the bathtub, the country was shocked at what she had done. Time uncovered how this could happen and who is responsible for missing the warning signs.
  • Fatal Failures

    Gibeaut tells the story of a 15-year old girl murdered by a 21-year old severely depressed college dropout. Scott C. Strothers shot Penny Chang because she wanted nothing to do with him. "The story leads our report on why the legal and mental health systems can't always protect us from violent and unstable individuals," Gibeaut writes. Although both systems did their best, they still failed.
  • American Terrorist: In His Own Words

    The ABC News reports on the confessions of Timothy McVeigh, the bomber of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. The investigative team checks "McVeigh's account with dozens of others involved in the case - many of whom have never spoken publicly before." Among the interviewees are the psychiatrist who evaluated McVeigh, a child survivor, and a neighbor who trusted the bomber to baby-sit her children. The segment tells the story of McVeigh's childhood traumas and failures in personal and professional life.
  • The Other Victims of Homicide

    The Birmingham News reports on "the effect of homicide on children and family members in Jefferson County, Alabama's largest county." Birmingham is known for having one of the highest homicide-per-capita rates in the country. The reporters find that many families have seen family members die by murder generation by generation in a "cycle of violence", and that the state has failed to provide any counselling or financial aid to the survivors of homicide.
  • Sexual Assault Prosecutions

    The Augusta Chronicle three-day series covers "almost every aspect of the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the local community." The stories reveals that in Richmond County police and prosecutors give a "dismal effort" to the prosecution of the sexual assault crimes, but few victims find justice in court. Most suspects are released on bond and then rape again and again. Few cases lead to prison sentences, the Chronicle reports. The investigation reveals that the vast majority of rapes are committed by acquaintances of the victims, and that victims often do not report the sexual assault crimes, because they do not believe in the effectiveness of the legal system. The series includes statistics of how judges have handled sex crimes cases in Richmond county and nationwide.