About 2 years back, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in AC360º examined a shocking “experimental therapy” designed to make feminine boys more masculine. See the devastating results in a special report, “The Sissy Boy Experiment.”
A must-watch investigative report:
The systems that supported this, and in my opinion – to an extent even the parents who willingly let their young sons go through this with blind trust in their therapists – are all guilty. Now imagine an entire country’s defense force allowing far worse with electric shocks and much worse, and a sick Machiavellian “doctor” to do whatever he pleased in an opaque system, using it carte-blanche as his grounds for “medical experiments.”
Note how both the therapists in the CNN feature show no remorse, but rather a smug, condescending and self-centred attitude. Cold-blooded narcissists with god-complexes? You betcha!
Interesting too how the therapist shown in the first case covered by Anderson Cooper proved to be much like Levin at the end, except his partner was consensual, not forced upon. Why do such sociopath “therapists” project their own inner demons on others and instead of healing (or taking their own lives to make the world a better place) put others through torture, as though by forcibly controlling others, they feel they can control their own quandary, and then cause their victims to commit suicide? It is as though they really want to snuff the life out of people by projecting their own self-hatred on their victims.
And how dare they state their methods and completely unsubstantiated theories as “scientific”?? Any hard science research would show, and has shown, that homosexuality is innate – not some sin, crime or “curable” predicament. Was Levin himself – even in his 70s – able to quell his own homoerotic urges? Then, how dare he and those “therapists” like him think they can “cure” others by putting them through psychological, mental, physical torture, justify that abuse in the name of hack-science, and worse, get the blessing of systems which allowed/allow this to occur? Levin’s betrayal is even worse, as he was supposedly trained in “medical psychiatry”, not simply in “therapy” or psychology, albeit many believe his degree itself was obtained fraudulently. Are so-called “therapists” like these then any better than religious institutions that go through ridiculous rituals to condemn and “exorcise” homosexuality while their preachers secretly sodomize young boys? Hypocrisy. Untold hypocrisy.
The CNN documentary is a great glimpse on how various versions of Aversion Therapy were carried on even in the United States, and the mind-set of those who allowed this to go on. At least their national television can air the investigative reports, and get victims’ families to speak up. Once again, it is great that at least Global TV broke part of Levin’s story in Canada – but then, where is the greater outrage? Why did the CBC not think of even looking further into it? (Ah – but then again, the CBC has its reasons, eh, Mr. Consulting Shrink?) Why aren’t there more old-school 60-Minutes-type Canadian journos like Claude Adams? Are the new ones too busy covering some pop-star’s love life or some similar bromide?
In the UK, among many other victims of such “aversion” therapies, even the genius mathematician, inventor and scientist Alan Turing was one. He eventually killed himself.
Here is a link to a BBC article on how Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued a public apology on how Turing was treated: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8251033.stm Fat chance of Stephen Harper (or any former Prime Minister at the time of Levin’s arrival) ever apologising for how the Canadian Govt. coddled and rewarded a man who carried on Aversion Therapy in South Africa. And the man, the registrar, in Global News’ 16×9 documentary who smugly averts every question that Carolyn Jarvis asks – I wonder how does he sleep at night with no remorse, knowing that he allowed a predator to carry on? Or is the money of the businessman who supported Levin and the donations he gave to the institution keep him quiet?
It is difficult to know a lot and watch while those with secrets and skeletons make moves to try to shut down a website, rather than look even once into their own dark hearts. Why does the truth scare some people so much? This website is only carrying links and excerpts from already-legitimate news sources. Is the fear that some people on the board may let out too much scare the truth-fearers? (On that note – the person tracking every word and sentence on this website through changedetection in some paranoid frenzy – yes, you know who you are – just remember that sites like that have such low security, it is quite easy to find out who is monitoring this site when you sign up for those.)
In any case, an excerpt from the BBC article:
Gay injustice ‘was widespread’
By Julian Joyce
Alan Turing was forced to take drugs or be sent to prison after his conviction
Gordon Brown may have apologised for the “appalling” way gay computer pioneer Alan Turing was treated, but some believe the prime minister should go further.
Many gay men were “treated” in the same way as Alan Turing – given powerful drugs or electric shocks to “cure” them of their homosexuality.
Turing – a wartime hero who helped break the Enigma code – killed himself in 1954.
His suicide has been blamed on a combination of depression brought on by the loss of his government job, and on unpleasant physical side effects induced by the drugs he was forced to take.
But the talented scientist was not the only victim of Britain’s repressive anti-gay laws.
I would have thought a general apology to all those who suffered would be a good thingAlison Braithwaite
In 1962, Army captain Billy Clegg-Hill died during medically-supervised “aversion therapy”, prescribed by a judge following his arrest for homosexual offences.
Like Alan Turing, Mr Clegg-Hill was given the choice of prison or “therapy” conducted by doctors who believed homosexuality was a treatable disease.
Mr Clegg-Hill’s sister, Alison Braithwaite, told the BBC: “Billy’s death was covered up by the Army – at the time his death certificate said he died of natural causes.”
It was only in 1996 a BBC documentary uncovered the real reason for his death.
It emerged the treatment, at the Netley military hospital in Hampshire, consisted of showing Mr Clegg-Hill pictures of naked men and then injecting him with the vomit-inducing drug apomorphine.
“The idea was to make him associate naked men with being sick. It was crude and totally ineffective,” said Ms Braithwaite.
“Unfortunately, the doctors neglected to give him any fluids, and he died of a stroke brought on by dehydration.”
She believes Gordon Brown should extend his apology to her brother and all the other gay men forced into “treatment” for their sexuality.
“This sort of treatment was routinely done, and I would have thought a general apology to all those who suffered would be a good thing.
“It was a terrible and unwarranted crime against people who were only expressing their sexuality in a way not harmful to anyone else.”
“By apologising to everyone who suffered, Gordon Brown would acknowledge that wrong was done by the state, and it will not happen again.”
Greefswald and its atrocities were also real. Even though so many facts were hushed up. Here are pages from some books which spoke of the abuse of gays and lesbians in the SADF:
http://bit.ly/1aJj9J0 (Chapter 5, page 119 to page 123) Name of the book: Ambulances of the Wrong Colour: Health Professionals, Human Rights and Ethics in South Africa by Laurel Baldwin-Ragavan, Leslie London, Jeanelle De Gruchy. Scroll up to page 119.
http://bit.ly/18EAzaA (page 99) Name of the book: South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom by Brenna M. Munro. It also specifies how Levin sued publications and journalists to remove all traces of any electronic or web-reports of his past in South Africa.
On a last note – http://bit.ly/11gKIIl what happens when a “doctor” can silence and charm others because he/she is a sociopath underneath. Chapter 5 (“Why conscience is partially blind”) from Martha Stout’s The Sociopath Next Door. The chapter outlines how a charming woman doctor is able to manipulate and fool her employers, colleagues and patients for a long time. It outlines the characteristics of sociopaths and why ordinary, or rather, normal people develop a cognitive dissonance when confronted with this level of hypocrisy and cold-blooded manipulation. For normal people, it then becomes easier to not talk about, or dismiss off such manipulative behaviour, or think of it as sporadic unintended “craziness” rather than confront the truth that people they are supposed to trust can be this deliberately evil. The chapter also writes how the title of “Dr.” shuts up lesser-qualified people, even though their gut senses that there is something not right about that person.
Once again, speak up about atrocities committed by those in positions of authority who wear a mask in public. As well, anyone with more information about Levin and Greefswald please contact film maker Tarryn Crossman. Young courageous women like her bring back my faith in journalism, and that all is not yet lost to our reality-star and narcissism-obsessed world.
“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, — and all it wants, — is the liberty of appearing.“ – Thomas Paine ( 1737 – 1809) in The Rights of Man, 1791
P.S. To understand why Anderson Cooper calls his show 360º, see the comment on this post ;) or the SNL finale with a celebration of LGBT rights: http://www.hulu.com/watch/491721