Saturday, December 16, 2006

OCAP Appeals to Supporters!


A rather strange case has come my way and I hope that perhaps I can find some help with this appeal.

A mother and her daughter live together in downtown Toronto. This family comes from Iran where the daughter was frequently harassed by the police for her art-work. After arriving in Toronto it was found out that the daughter was also being sexually abused by a family member. The young woman had mental health problems to begin with and these two facts have only made the situation much worse.

While this young woman is on anti-psychotic medicines, she is much better off without these medicines. One of the things we are attempting to do is find a doctor who can help her safely off these drugs.

One of the ways her mental health problem manifests it self is by yelling and loud crying, usually in the middle of the night. This upsets the neighbours which usually results in building security being called, this results in the police being called which results in the young woman being taken away in handcuffs to CAMH on Queen Street. This of course gives doctors the go-ahead to pump her full of the drugs which seem to make the whole situation much worse.

What we are hoping to find with this appeal is housing for this mother and daughter, perhaps a situation where someone has an apartment to rent that is a good distance from other tenants, definitely a situation where the police will not be called and the young woman will be given a chance to get off this horrible medication.

If you can help, please call Mike Coward or Don Weitz at OCAP. Thank you.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6

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