“This aide come took me down the stairs and ripped my dress and they treat me like a wild animal. If you don’t get up at roll call they put you in the other bed until you get up. They treat you like a crazy person.”
Vanessa Munsey was born in 1930, in Wiscasset, Maine. As a child she was placed in a foster home. At nineteen, she was sent to Pineland – there, she was subjected to chemical restraints and had her teeth removed without novocaine.
Listen to her tell her story below, part of our podcast series, “Life On My Own”.