Skadden Associate, Herself a Rape Victim, Dives Into Akin Fray

, The Am Law Daily


Drawing on personal experience, Shauna Prewitt—a Missouri native, victim's advocate and soon-to-be-third-year litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago—posted an open letter to Congressman Todd Akin online Tuesday in which she criticized the Republican senate candidate for his controversial statements on rape and abortion. The Am Law Daily spoke Wednesday with Prewitt about what prompted her to add her voice to the uproar.

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  • ELois P. Clayton


    Since "Joy Harper", has become the "admin." for Chester MHC(in Chester, Illinois)(we, currently been informed that Brian Thomas, was the 2012-13, HD. admin.), for that's where our complaints has been addressed ATTN. to), we have been BLESSED, to receive (2)(of over 20 years of filing written complaints to CMHC's OIG AND DHS MIchelle Saddler), 'SUBSTANTIATED' replies, from them on assaults orchestrated on our lovedone David P.

    We are extremely concerned for his HEALTH, for we have been told that his "LIVER, is being watched".

    David's COGNITIVE abilities, are DETERIOATING, as well, from being FORCED PSYCHOTROPIC drugs, all these years.

    There are MORE guards/CMHC employees, who are GUILTY of ABUSING David and we(David's family), will NOT back down OR be intimidated because (guard), Chris Roberts, THREATENED to "kill your ass if I loose my job" AND THREATENED to, "have my wife sister, beat your sister ELois up, the next time she visit you", along with THREATENING to "have you(David), transferred to Unit B3 and have you beaten with a CHAIR and have your EYE put out".

    ATTN: From YEARS of David being FORCED PSYCH drugs, (LIED on, assaulted physically, falsely put in RESTRAINTS, falsely written up and put on RED(bad) level, because he DEFENDS himself from assaults), his VISION, is NOT good anymore.

    ATTN: I and my sister, is STILL being DENIED our RIGHT, to receive POA over David, because of this "Dr." MV Reddy, who has been a HUGE culprit in ordering these PSYCH drugs to be administrered to David;false punishment!

    ATTN: Within the last 3-4 months, "SW" Travis Nottmiar, "Dr." Reddy AND the admin., Lisa, WITH Unit C director(Joe Harper), has FALSELY accused I of personally RECORDING the conversations I've had with them;in their attempt to concoct more LIES on I(which I believe they are using to try AGAIN, to stop my visits)because the employees are being found GUILTY, through our 'SUBSTANTIATED' complaints.

    Each time David has a TPR(phone conference), I question them and they gain attitudes because of my questions;asking for 'Clarification', and Travis Nottmiar HANGS UP the PHONE on I.

    PLEASE visit my comments REGULARLY, for I will keep my viewers UP-To-Date, with the events of us receiving JUSTICE for our David.

    God loves you and so do I!

    sign, Mrs. E.P.Clayton

    (sis. of David P.)

  • ELois P. Clayton


    I "befriended" a "man" on FACEBOOK(Alexander), in my still CURRENT quest, to fight for justice for my ABUSED brother(David P.), who has been RAPED by guards at Chester MHC AND an OLDER inmate/patient, who David has to see DAILY.

    When this "Alexander", had the AUDESITY to comment back to I, accusing I of being disrespecful/not understanding AKINS words, I IMMEDIATELY ORDERED him to GET THE **** OUT OF MY MAILBOX and if I EVER receive another e-mail from him I WILL have his *** PROSECUTED!

    NOTE: David has been FORCED PSYCHE drugs at CMHC ow for (18) years, has had his CINFIRMED TRANSFER OUT of CMHC, FALSELY DENIED/SET BACK, because of LIES written up on him and placed in his CHARTS, by his LIEING "SW", TRAVIS NOTTMIER and the guards who has also participated in these false writeups, whom my family has NOT/will NOT hesitate to file any other written cCOMPLAINT, when we need to!

    My sister and I, visits has FALSELY been stopped(with the assistance of DHS Secretary, MIchelle Saddler(Illinois Gov. QUINN's X Chief of Staff) and ABUISES on David(including sexual;medical records of proof/PHOTOS of injuries in my possession), along with her FALSELY being JAILED for (30) days, because of (8) individuals who got in court and LIED that she assaulted them when it was the other way around!

    NOTE: The fact that she is a muslim woman, is what REASSURED I, that they are lieing on her because she do NOT allow even "old family men friends" to touch her, less known people whom she KNOWS, has been abusing our brother!

    NOTE: TO HELL WITH AKINS, CMHC state of Ilinois employees who's COVERING UP assaults on David and other patients at CMHC and any other pervert(such as the judges listed in the Illinois JUDICUIARY REPORT BOOKS!)!

  • ELois Poole-Clayton


    The (now) Head of Admin. at Chester MHC(Joy Harper), has NOT returned my calls, since the week of the 20th of August, 2012, in regards to my brother(15 years FORCED psyche drugs/physically abused patient at CMHC).

    His SW(Travis Nottmier), has HUNG UP the phone on my sister and I and I'm concerned that CMHC, may be attempting to STOP our visits again, for they have on other occasions, because we FILE any necessary WRITTEN COMPLAINTS, on behalf of our brother(which we have a right to do)!

    A Dr. Ferguson, informed us during a Face-To-Face meeting with her, her in Chicago(DHS), that "David is doing quite well". "Perhaps you all have heard, but he has been put on the LIST to be TRANSFERED to Elgin". "I've SEEN him MYSELF". "I will see that NOTHING goes wrong with his transfer". NOTE: the guards at Chester MHC, has instigated fights between patients(also confirmed by a prior patient;, who was kept for (12) years then released in '2005', with the help of an atty.

    I have, IN my possession, many medical records/photos of injuries to PROVE the abuses orchestrated on our David.

    PLEASE contact I, for a news interview AND names of 'Human Rights' attorneys, to represent David, for we are also concerned for his health and his COGNITIVE abilities, which if CMHC have their way, David will forget the names of the individuals responsible for these assaults on him.

    FORTUNATELY, we have many names already.

    What we need, is an atty., to have these individuals prosecuted for their crimes on him!

    PS: Chester Police Department, is also involved in the COVERUP of abuses on patients at CMHC, for their reply upon asking them to file reports is, "hester takes care of their OWN problems", when BY LAW, it is their responsibility, to file any police report a person request to have filed.

    I can be contacted at (773)622-2906, at ANY time.

    Thank you.

  • ELois Poole-Clayton

    I will ALSO, be your campaign official, if you chose to run for office!...I curtsey to you, ALSO, for having the courage to speak OUT/UP, about this issue!.......I have a brother, who's been raped at Chester Mental Health Center and the admin. there, has COVERED such ABUSES on patients there, for YEARS and it MUST be STOPPED!.......A Dr. DEBRA FERGUSON(Department of Human Services(DHS)(Michelle Saddler;Secretary of DHS), BOTH, appears to be parties, to this COVER up ABUSES, for BOTH, has/is attempting to blame my brother and us(his family), for DEFENDING himself from assaults orchestrated against him, that guards and such, are responsible for!.......A Dr. Brazier Sawyer, ALSO, has attempted to BRAINWASH my brother, by asking him(in a munipulative manner), if "you want your family to control you"?, whether than explain to him(as she attempted to make I believe that she want to help), that his family IS/WAS/ALWAYS play the role of HELPING him, NOT, going against him, as CMHC, has done for YEARS;FORCING PSYCHOTRTOPIC drugs/instigating fights between patients(the guards orchestrates this in MANY cases), for the purpose of getting 'RED LEVEL:'(bad) writeups, to place in their CHARTS, to make it apear that they're(CMHC), is justified in writing/making such LIEING reports!.....FISCAL money, goes to CMHC and it's believed that this is one TACTIC used to keep the money coming;keep the capacity FULL(beds occupied).....THIS IS WHAT A drug counselor has to do;keep X amount of clients enrolled DAILY, to keep the money coming and to keep the program open!

    PS: My family(has many MEDICAL records PROOF;PHOTOS of injuries done to him, at the hands of GUARDS and a few of the inmate/patients?), is asking/PLEADING, for HELP/'Human Rights' atty., to represent David, in our QUEST, to have the responsible culprits PROSECUTED, for NOONE, is above the law;NOT even judges!...NOTE: the Illinois JUDICIARY REPORT BOOKS, proves, that NOONE, is above the law!...IMPEACHMENTS of presidents and senators(like FOLEY), proves that NOONE, is above the law and this senerio applies as well!

    PPS: I can be contacted at (773)622-2906, at ANY time, for a FULL NEWS INTERVIEW(with DOCUMENTS IN HAND), to PROVE our case, on behalf of our lovedone.....PPS: We are extremely concern for his HEALTH and his COGNITIVE abilities because of these abuses, that's caused GRAVE STRESS and is DETERIOATING his cognitive abilities...THANK God, that we have been WITTY enough, to ask the right questions, at the right time, to document any/ALL information, to preserve(until justice time), to HELP the atty., who cares enough to take us serious and DEFEND our lovedone, in a 'Human Rights' VIOLATIONS case against Chester MHC!

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you.


    Mrs. E.P.Clayton(sis. of ABUSED patient, David P.)

  • Ken

    Courageous young woman of outstanding character. As a retired police officer who has dealt with this issue on a number of occasions, I commend your strength. You have stood up where others have withered. Continued success with your career. Your efforts to educate and have the law changed are outstanding. I only wish it had never happended to you or anyone else.

  • Jackie

    Many thanks to Ms Prewitt for her courage and integrity in coming forward with her experience. A decision to abort or keep an unintended pregnancy should not be made by someone who will not bear the lasting consequences. Politicians should not irresposibly opine about issues on which they have no factual knowledge.

  • Jackie

    Many thanks to Ms Prewitt for her courage and integrity in coming forward with her experience. A decision to abort or keep an unintended pregnancy should not be made by someone who will not bear the lasting consequences. Politicians should not irresposibly opine about issues on which they have no factual knowledge.

  • Ratkellar

    Ms. Prewitt is correct; Akin was wrong on facts. From my mediccal days, when "Code R" was an ER term for a victim of rape, medical professionals deemed it extremely unlikely that a forcible rape would result in pregnancy, but all acknowledged that it *could* result in pregnancy. Akin was dumb; some Americans may need education; but move along, folks, nothing to see here..

  • kflynn

    Shauna, will you please run for public office? I will be your campaign manager. Really.

  • joe

    Nice article, except Akin being painted by the media (you included) as a Tea Party person, was not a Tea Party backed candidate. All three candidates in the Missouri primary tried to lay claim as the "Tea Party" candidate. Akin's main backing did not come from smaller government Tea Party leaning voters, but the old Christian Coalition anti-abortion voters. He had the backing of Mike Huckabee, not Sarah Palin (who endorsed Sarah Steelman). In addition to the CC backing, Akin was the Democrat Party pick, with the DNC spending $1.5 million, and McCaskill $2 million in negative ads against the other two candidates. He is a 6 term congressman that has no problem spending money like a drunk sailor (or Democrat), and loves ear-marks like a Kennedy. Not exactly Tea Party, smaller government, candidate no matter what the media writes. As someone that considers themself "Tea Party", I would love to see him drop out, since the both other candidates are more fiscally conservative that Mr. Akin. And, not as stupid!!!!

  • Jamie

  • Meindok, Esq.

    A sister in the law, and a fellow survivor salutes and supports you! Good job. It's not easy to put it all out there.

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