Another patient who sexually assaulted me by sneaking into my room in front of the staff and attacking me in my bed. I narrowly escaped, but he raped another patient a few years later and last I heard, that dude was in Atascadero. He wasn’t sz, I think he was just a sociopath who was there to avoid prison. I still have ptsd related to that incident, and another.
Then, at a second facility, a second guy tried the same thing before I realized the door had a lock (at the first one, we did not get door locks and anyone could come into our room).
And staff staff staff (never really had a problem with doctors or nurses, just the mental health techs who pretend like they don’t hear all the chaos and just hide in their room rather than try to smooth things out among the patients). I’d like to say they had nothing to do with it, but they are legally our carers and neglect is neglect.
I think we need to speak up about the dehumanizing aspects of institutionalization so that people know what we go through. Commenting on what we experienced in the hospitals is necessary so that society understands how we are treated in silence and secrecy.