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A look at therapeutic boarding schools this week on 60 Minutes

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TEENAGERS IN TROUBLE

It’s no secret that teenagers are sometimes troubled, sometimes troublesome. In the United States a thriving $50 billion dollar industry of so-called therapeutic boarding schools and military-style boot camps claims “tough love” is the best medicine to cure young people’s problems. But as Tara Brown reports, these often-secretive institutions are largely unregulated, and far from assisting teenagers have actually caused them serious and lasting harm. Now though survivors, led by celebrity “It Girl” Paris Hilton and including a brave Australian woman, have had enough and are demanding that parents stop outsourcing parenting.

Reporter: Tara Brown

Producers: Sammi Taylor, Tracey Hannaford

DECEIVED, IGNORED, INSULTED

This is a medical scandal that defies belief. Over more than two decades, as many as three quarters of a million women around the world – thousands in Australia – were convinced by their doctors to use a contraceptive device called Essure. They were assured the tiny implant was safe, but it wasn’t. To add insult to injury, when large numbers of these women started complaining the contraceptive was damaging their bodies and causing excruciating pain, they were either ignored or told they were imagining it. Now several hundred of the Australian women who’ve been affected are taking legal action against the manufacturer of the device, and to help their campaign they have enlisted the expertise of high-profile consumer advocate Erin Brockovich.

Reporter: Sarah Abo

Producer: Natalie Clancy

60 MINUTES  – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, AT 8.40PM ON CHANNEL 9 & 9NOW

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