Kudos to journalist Claude Adams for writing an impeccable, well-researched and concise yet comprehensive article on Levin’s present and past . The article is featured in Global News Canada.
For the full article please click here: http://globalnews.ca/news/541532/timeline-dr-aubrey-levin/
The Calgary judge who sentenced Dr. Aubrey Levin to five years in prison for sexual assault used blunt language in her summation. Justice Donna Shelley said Levin was guilty of “horrible violations of trust” and that he had acted in a “predatory” manner.
Which leaves an important question unanswered: how did Levin manage to operate under the radar in Alberta for 12 years —trusted by justice officials, the academic community and the body that licenses doctors? As crown prosecutor William Wister said in an interview after the trial: “it’s a question of, does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?”
Calgary lawyer Richard Edwards, who represents one of Levin’s accusers, says authorities should have taken a closer look at Levin’s track record, both in Canada and in his native south Africa—a background that raises a number of “red flags” about his medical ethics and practices.
A timeline of the Aubrey Levin story highlights some of those red flags.
June 10, 1964: Aubrey Levin registers as a medical practitioner with the South African Medical and Dental Council.
Feb, 28, 1968: A 29-year-old Dr. Aubrey Levin submits a handwritten letter to the Secretary of the South African Parliament in Cape Town, asking to appear before the Select Committee on the Immorality Amendment Act, to offer his proposals on how to “treat” homosexuals and lesbians. “The problem of sexual deviation,” he writes, “requires re-evaluation; without encouraging an unnatural extention (sic) of this problem, it would be better contained and treated by the doctor (rather than by imprisonment).”
1969: Levin registers with the South African Medical and Dental Council as a “specialist psychiatrist.”
1969—1974: Dr. Levin joins the South African Defence Force as a psychiatrist, principal grade, with the rank of Colonel. In 1971, he is named Team Leader in the SADF’s Drug Rehabilitation Program at One Military Hospital, in Pretoria. It is here that Levin develops his aversion therapy techniques for so-called “deviant” conscripts—recruits who are identified as homosexual or who smoked marijuana. The therapy includes exposure to electro-shock, and drug treatment. Dr. Levin also sporadically visits a military detention camp in northern South Africa, called Greefswald, a camp with a notorious reputation for the harsh treatment of conscripts.
1975—1995: Dr. Levin holds various hospital positions, along with consultancies, and for seven years, is Director of Mental Health in the Department of Health Services and Welfare.
For the rest of the detailed article go here: http://globalnews.ca/news/541532/timeline-dr-aubrey-levin/
Once again, when systems we are supposed to trust, instead shield or ignore criminal individuals, it is up to independent objective investigative journalism to bring out the facts, if only for the sake of truth, and perhaps, in the hope of some elusive justice for the victims.
Thanks to Claude and Global News for writing this – something which the Canadian government, judicial system and academia should have looked into a long time back.
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