11 responses

  1. Martin
    March 27, 2010

    The link to the Calgary Herald article is broken. Here’s a working link: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Years+cases+reviewed+after+Levin+charged+with+assault/2724384/story.html

  2. Tony P
    March 27, 2010

    Another quality individual. Note the sarcasm in that last statement btw.

    When I was younger I figured out how to use a spark gap to excite a transformer. You’d get a nice buzzing bit of current out the other side of the transformer.

    The spark gap – I just wired up a relay to oscillate. Current would flow through the coil and pull the armature down and break current flow. The transformer was paralleled to the relay windings. So that really amped up the juice.

  3. Bubba C
    March 27, 2010

    My Uncle underwent this type of “therapy” in the late ’60s early 70s.
    He ended up bipolar &, toward the end of his life, suffered from dementia.

    It is my hope, that this “man” gets everything that’s coming to him!!

  4. JoeBro
    March 27, 2010

    No wonder Ann Coulter feels so at home in Calgary.

  5. Ben in Oakland
    March 28, 2010

    This story is remarkably short on detail, but it owuld seem we have another “prey away the gay” kinda guy.

    pun intentional.

  6. Coenie Kukkuk, Edito
    March 28, 2010
  7. Keppler
    March 28, 2010

    I can’t help but wonder what it was in Dr. Levin’s background that led the University of Calgary to employ him as a professor.

  8. Coenie Kukkuk, Edito
    March 28, 2010

    He had, on the face of it, a wonderful career in SA. He was head of military psychiatry, and won a honourary doctorate. People didn’t know what he – and the regime – was up to. Remember it was not just him, but the military as well.

  9. CLS
    March 28, 2010

    A few minor points. The news reports indicated this was within the military only. The above article says electroshock was employed within SA right up until the fall of apartheid. I was there during the last years, publishing and editing a gay newspaper. And while electroshock was used previously no incidents were brought to my attention, or mentioned in the publication of my competitors during those last years.

    It is hard to date the official end of apartheid. And it is wrong to say it fell—it eroded away. While apartheid was the law the apartment building I lived in, and the neighborhood, was fully integrated. Job reservation laws, previously pushed by the trade unions, were still in place in law but ignored by employers.

    Gambling was illegal but there were small casinos all over the place. Porn was illegal but adult shops were open.

    I would date the end of apartheid officially with the election of the ANC in 1994. I started my publication in 1990 and during those four years no electroshock was brought to my attention.

    However, there is a great satire on apartheid South Africa that does mention by Tom Sharpe, called Indecent Exposure. In the story the police are worried about white policemen fraternizing with black women so they use electroshock therapy to prevent them from being interested in black females. The tactic goes wrong when they only manage to turn the police force gay instead. It is quite hilarious in fiction, even if not a bit funny in real life. Sharpe left SA to avoid prosecution for sedition.

  10. John
    March 29, 2010

    I just can’t get some of these Crimes Against Humanity allegations against this doctor out of my head. Have forced (and deliberately botched) sex reassignment surgeries been done on “failures” of exgay programs anywhere else in the world, or was this a specific South African problem. I know that people have been castrated and such, but sex reassignment surgery.

    I am surprised that victims are not hunting these people down for retribution. I can’t imagine the pain, anger and rage that would probably consume me, if victimized by this monster as others apparently were in South Africa.

    Truely, truely horrible. I hope that one day he does face justice for his horrible crimes.

  11. Ross
    November 23, 2010

    Im the guy who got the camera watch and caugth this sick “doctor” on tape of what he was doing to me for years. It has been a battle during the assaults and it still is very hard dealing with the aftermath of all of this now too.
    Ive been trying everywhere to gt help and support but it has been a challenge.
    The trail is going to be vey hard to deal with as well– I do just hope and pray that he does get what he deserves and that all wasnt for nothing.

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