Author: Lisa Graas
•10/11/2002 10:40:00 PM
Throwing gasoline on a fire.
Imagine this. You are at a party. All of your friends and family are there. You accidentally get too close to the BBQ grill and burst into flames.
QUESTION: What sort of reaction do you expect your family and friends to have?
(A) Some will stand there shocked while others try to put out the flames.
(B) Some will stand there shocked while others throw a chemical accelerant (i.e., gasoline) on you. As the shock wears off, those who were shocked turn to go home saying, "Gee, that was a great party until he(she) caught on fire and ruined it for everybody." If you answered "B" you know what many people who have mental illness experience.
Mentally ill subjected to abuse
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