This is going to be hard to watch.
But watch it anyway.
Watch it because this 23 year-old young man matters.
Watch it because it deserves to be seen.
Watch it because it will make you uncomfortable.
If you watch it, and it doesn’t make you uncomfortable, then we’ve got ourselves a real big problem folks.
Watch it so that you aren’t ignorant about what happens to special needs children and adults at the hands of caregivers who are anything but caring.
Watch it because this young man is like a glimpse into the future for me. I look at him and I see my Andrew. He even has the same hair, the same body type, the same moan, the same mannerisms.
I watched it all the way through, even thought I felt like throwing up.
I watched it knowing I would ask you to do the same, knowing that I needed you to see this so that you could touch the ugliness that’s out there, just waiting to prey on people like this young man, if only for a second.
We cannot continue to close our eyes and refuse to witness the atrocities happening to our fellow human beings – our most vulnerable human beings – and claim it’s not our problem.
This pain doesn’t just belong to this young man or his family.
This pain belongs to all of us.
And until we take full ownership of what’s happening in homes and hospitals and institutions across this country and demand full transparency, accountability, and responsibility from the people entrusted to care for those who cannot care for themselves – special needs children and adults will never truly be safe.
Watch it and get mad.
Watch it and wallow in discomfort.
Watch it and give a damn.
The full story on these two yahoo’s can be found here.