THE SIDE EFFECTS OF CHILD ABUSE ARE SOMETHING LIKE LIVING WITH THE ERRATIC SPLASHES OF A JACKSON POLLOCK PAINTING, HARBORED BY THE DISSIDENT CRESCENDOS OF A STRAVINSKY TEMPERAMENT... AND UNTIL YOU HEAL YOUR PAST, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BLEED, BLEED, BLEED -- Charles A. Carroll

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Charles (L) & Robert Carroll

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SPECIAL NOTE:
Ken Kesey wrote the book,
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and drew on his experiences while working at a veterans hospital in Palo Alto, California, and set his satirical story at an unnamed state hospital in Oregon, but unlike Kesey’s book, HARD CANDY is absent fiction, is about what happened to my brother and me at the hands of trusted civil servants, and spotlights a hard look into the bleak world of secretive bureaucracies that continue to maintain its operations just short of the Stone Age of insanity; hence, HARD CANDY is A TRUE AMERICAN TRAGEDY, dispels the public myth that it doesn’t happen anymore, and is the book they never wanted written .   

 

 

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                                                                    Mr. Carroll,

                                                                    It's evident that you are committed to standing up in the face of injustice--may you 

                                                                    continue with that depth of commitment in your writing and all that you do.
                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                —Elie Wiesel 1926-2016

                                                                                                                                           Auschwitz survivor and Nobel laureate

                                                                                                                                      Best known for his memoir “Night” which
                                                                                                                       was about his survival at a Nazi concentration camp

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                               Mr. Carroll,

                              I fully share your view that awareness and education are essential to child abuse 
                              prevention, and I do wish you every success with your project.

                                                                                                                                   —Henry Waxman
                                                                                                                               Member of Congress

 

                                                                

                                                                    HARD CANDY is important and brave, comprehensive, real, and ever so true. It

                                                                    opens us to the real culprits of sexual abuse—the people, the secular authorities, to
                                                                    whom we've entrusted our children. It talks about who does it, how it happens, why
                                                                    it happens, how to recognize it, and what to do. Charles A. Carroll opens the doors
                                                                    on our society's most hidden plague, the sexual abuse of boys.

                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                 —Chuck Rosenthal, PhD

                                                                                                                                                             English, Loyola Marymount
                                                                                                                                                                    Author of several books 

 

                              

                               There is one thing wrong with this book! If I were the publisher of this book, I

                               would have insisted on titling it A Terrible, Terrible Crime or some other terribly

                               dramatic title so that it would better attract the morbid curiosity of the mass

                               reading public, become a bestseller and help end a terrible crime.  This book

                               deserves to be a bestseller!

                                                                                                                                          —Art Kunkin

                                                                                                           Founder, Los Angeles Free Press

                                                                     

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                           

 



                                                                                         
                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 HARD CANDY is a human portrayal of an uncommon nature. No one thing contributes more to its value than its authenticity, but be forewarned, you will not find literary frills, polite language, soft corners of prose, soothing seams of dialogue, happy jingles or joyful songs, as it portrays the bleak world of institutional “bad   guys”—administrators, trusted civil servants, and resident monitors who deliberately committed atrocities on a helpless humanity because there was no legitimate protection for them. Also, woven into the fabric of this lean material, you’ll find a thread of love that weaves together the entire story—a special devotion shared between my brother and me; how we cared for each other when no one else would; how we understood each other when no one else did; and how we desperately clung to the needed components of love and friendship to survive, together, the horrific reality.

 

After suffering a decade of abuse, I was finally released from the state system with barely a third grade education, carrying the scars from having been denied my civil liberties, a right to an education, and any semblance of a humane existence—and because there was no habilitation, I floundered for a number of years within the broad public spectrum of human progress, but not without craving an education. Eventually I entered adult night classes and earned a high school diploma, enrolled in a community college and earned an Associate Degree in Sociology, and transferred to a State University for another two years. Satisfied with my education, I opened an electrical contracting business and subsisted on its income for the next twenty-five years. 

 

 

 


For a number of years I assumed all had changed from the time my brother and I were wrongly committed to a mental institution when we were 7 and 8 years old, but I quickly learned that the atrocities we experienced are still going on—a revelation that pumped iron in my backbone and sulfur into my blood, to be the voice for victims currently suffering under a brutal reign of trusted civil servants.   

 

 

                                                                                                    

Finally, in 1989, I closed my business and began a six-year journey investigating state mental institutions across the country, sometimes working undercover at mental health facilities to see if patients were being treated well. What I witnessed left me appalled. Armed with a good education and a pocketful of evidence, I set out to write HARD CANDY with the hope of making a profound difference.

 

Bear in mind, what happened to my brother and me stained our psychology, wreaked havoc with our spirit, and incubated an emotional worm that drilled holes in and out of our psyches until what was left of our psychology resembled the appearance of Swiss cheese. We had to fight off not only the sexual predators of the past who repeatedly raped us over and over again in our photographic memories (such is the case long after the predator is gone), but also deal with the lingering side effects of gender issues, sexuality, masculinity, bonding, trusting others, and a host of other problems mandated by having been chronically abused for years… but however challenging life’s journey, quitters we were not, fighters we were, who like wild horses, we refused to be broken—and that is the essence and strength of our remarkable story of survival.

 

 

 


 

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THE BOY THAT NEVER FORGOT THE GOOD GUY

    
c. 1953  Charles A. Carroll (11) is seated between then, state psychologist,  Dr. Stanley I. Alprin and wife, Marilyn.  Dr. Alprin tested Charles at New Lisbon, learned of the boy’s high IQ, and befriended him,  after which Dr. Alprin moved  on with his academic studies and lost touch with Charles for more than thirty-five years. In 1988, in a
Peoples  magazine article, Charles mentioned  Dr. Alprin’s kindness… and that’s when the two men found each other. From then on,  they maintained a close
                                                   

friendship  until Dr. Alprin’s death on May 18,  2014.  He was 87.  

                                                                                                        NOTE: Dr. Alprin wrote the FOREWORD  for the book

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What Is a  Brother?
 A brother is many things.
 He’s a confidant, a motivator,

and an ally. 

He’s someone you admire—

 someone you appreciate.

He’s someone you’re happy

to call family and grateful to call friend.

A brother is many things,

but most of all, 

he’s someone you feel lucky

to have in your life.

—From Bobby  2009
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Mr. Carroll’s story may read like fiction, but I can attest that the Hell he describes is no exaggeration. I represented several private psychiatric hospitals, orphanages, and child care facilities, in sex abuse and wrongful death cases. I learned what "positional asphyxia" can do  to the body of a child, and how hard it is to find a resident who has wandered away before he freezes. Much of it I'm bound by privilege, but I've seen enough  to  know that Mr. Carroll's story is true.

Mr. Carroll,
It's incredible that you are sane after what you and your brother endured, but I'm mighty glad you have held it together. Your book is one of the most important books I've ever read in my life
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                                                                                          —Steve Brown, Publisher
                                                                 Executive Producer at Sun Runner Media
                                                                                           Portland State University

                           UNADULTRATED - REVEALING - FORTHRIGHT - A PAGE TURNER - IT DELIVERS THE TRUTH!

Two publishers handled the rights of this book. When a third publisher stepped in and bought the rights, it gave the author an opportunity to write a Home & College Edition; hence, the second edition is revised, expanded, annotated, and indexed, with updated links, fresh evidence of abuses in state residential facilities across the country, more photos, and scenes returned that were removed by the first publisher for fear of lawsuits. The book is now in keeping with the way the author wanted it published in the first place:
                        
                           

If I was condemned to

live as long as God, I’d never forget it, never

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