A leading Canadian psychiatrist who kept accusations of gross human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa hidden has been charged in Calgary with sexually abusing a male patient and is being investigated over dozens of other allegations. Dr Aubrey Levin, who in South Africa was known as Dr Shock for his use of electricity to “cure” gay military conscripts, was arrested after a patient secretly filmed the psychiatrist allegedly making sexual advances. Levin, who worked at the University of Calgary’s medical school, has been suspended from practising and is free on bail of C$50,000 (£32,000) on charges of repeatedly indecently assaulting a 36-year-old man.

The police say they are investigating similar claims by nearly 30 other patients. The Alberta justice department is reviewing scores of criminal convictions in which Levin was a prosecution witness.

Levin has worked in Canada for 15 years since leaving South Africa, where he was chief psychiatrist in the apartheid-era military and became notorious for using electric shocks to “cure” gay white conscripts. Levin, who made no secret of his hard rightwing views and was a member of the ruling National party during apartheid, has a long history of homophobia. The treatment consisted of strapping electrodes to the upper arm. Homosexual soldiers were shown pictures of a naked man and encouraged to fantasise, and then the power was ratcheted up. Trudie Grobler, an intern psychologist on ward 22, saw a lesbian subjected to severe shocks. “It was traumatic. I could not believe her body could handle it,” she said later.

Look on the bright side, at least the patients weren’t charged for the “treatments”.

  1. Angel H. Wong says:

    Another proof that the biggest homophobes are the biggest homos.

  2. ArianeB says:

    #1 That seems to be so true. Here’s a nice list.

  3. Zybch says:

    Its NOT electroshock therapy when all thats being ‘practiced’ is aversion therapy using shocks as the aversion component.
    Anyone not understanding what this is and why it doesn’t work to produce ‘normal’ people should go watch A Clockwork Orange, Kubrick’s best film.

    And as #1 has said, its ALWAYS the biggest gay bashers that are the biggest queers themselves, and disturbingly self hating and destructive ones at that.

  4. LDA says:

    A human rights abusing, racist, homophobic (pretend or self hating), sadist makes sexual advances towards patients and that is the first time he gets in trouble.

    #1 & #2

    How can you be more or less of a homosexual? Surely you either are or are not.

  5. LDA says:

    & #3

  6. Father says:

    At least 1/3 of males and femals have homosexual tendencies.

    Until the larger society accepts this, the pain will continue.

  7. Me says:

    @LDA – Where do you get racist from? Are do you apply it to everyone?

    @Father – At least 1/3 of people are somewhat bisexual? Are you trying to confess something here?

  8. BIlly Bob says:

    Typical Canadian healthcare.

  9. Dean Franz says:

    another homophobe revealed to be a homo himself

    that’s awesome

  10. Greg Allen says:


    Thanks for the link — it was well done.

    I used to think is was mostly just a funny taunt to suggest that anti-homosexual advocates where closeted gays. But now I’m convinced of it.

    The same goes for rabid “anti” anything.

    We now know that those who where so self-righteous in their attacks on Bill Clinton where mostly all having affairs themselves.

    It makes sense: you can’t get all lathered-up about abstract things. But issues that affect you personally can really get you hot and bothered.

  11. bobbo, int'l pastry chef and harsh Master of Rhetoric says:

    I used to believe if you were against x then you were not x. Now I believe that if you are against x you are in fact x.

    Nice simple rules for simple people. Easy to bait, lead, catch, and secure your vote or their tithe.

    Everybody is a bit of just about everything else. Degrees of everything that vary with time and circumstances.

    Everybody wanting simple, cast in concrete, no exception rules. It all leads to religion and politics.

    Silly hoomans.

  12. RBG says:

    Then there’s those who believe if you’re xx, you’re not xy. As in chromosomes. Unless you’re a chromophobe.

    “Look on the bright side, at least the patients weren’t charged for the “treatments”.”

    As I read it, they were charged.


  13. bobbo, int'l pastry chef and harsh Master of Rhetoric says:

    RBG–thats an excellent response. WRONG–but still excellent, you illustrate my point so well. “Everything is a bit of everything else.” xx being code for “women” and xy code for male. But xx and xy is not the whole story of sexuality==lots more coding involved than just the main carrier. Beyond that, there is xxy and xyy genomes. What to make of them? That and “most” of what we call our sexual orientation is highly dependent on hormones–how much and when and on and on.

    Too bad electroshock couldn’t make us smarter. We could all just plug in each night and each morning be better ready for the day.

  14. LDA says:

    #7 Me

    “A leading Canadian psychiatrist who kept accusations of gross human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa hidden…”

    Supporting and protecting the racist South African apartheid regime counts as actions of a racist in my book.

    No, I do not generally apply it to everyone, racism/tribalism is an evolutionary trait that people share, however most people seem to be able to rise above it.

  15. Zybch says:

    #4 – The Kinsey Scale of human sexuality tells us that a person may not be completely homosexual or heterosexual based on a 7-continuum scale.

    How are gay are you?

    0- Exclusively heterosexual

    1- Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
    2- Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
    3- Equally heterosexual and homosexual
    4- Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
    5- Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
    6- Exclusively homosexual


  16. bobbo, int'l pastry chef and Darwin proponent says:

    #14–LDA==just to rephrase to highlight Darwin==I think the evolution goes back much farther than racism and tribalism. Its an initial reaction against *anything* that is different. Such a trait across most species may cause all kinds of problems, but it keeps you reproducing. aka–the continuing mindless reiteration of the search for meaning.

    #15–Zybeck==where does “Exclusively Heterosexual but get drunk and will screw anything” go? Had to smile remembering my top sarge. He said we couldn’t march in the rain because too many of us would wind up “f*cking the mud puddles.” I laughed out loud then, and still do.

  17. Benjamin says:

    “Look on the bright side, at least the patients weren’t charged for the “treatments”.”

    From the article they certainly got a “charge” out of the treatments. Haaa!

  18. srgothard says:

    Homosexuality cannot be medicated away any more than pedophilia or sexual addiction. Only God can change a heart.

  19. A lot of feak-a-zoids pay prostitutes for this kind of abuse.

  20. W.T.Effyall says:

    No Captain Renault quotes?

  21. spsffan says:

    Uh, Bobbo, if you get drunk and will fuck anything, you are not “exclusively heterosexual”, regardless of what you may consider yourself. You should note that nearly everybody falls somewhere between a Kinsey 0 and a Kinsey 7. When did they change it from 0 -10?

  22. bobbo, words mean what they are defined to mean says:

    #21–spsffan==never argue with a drunk. I say if when drunk one will f*ck anything then ones “sexuality” is not at issue. Note the current definition is all about “containing” or directing the “urge” to a subset of what is available–a limitation of a sort. I’m talking about screwing everything including mud puddles. I’m not limiting or selecting, not being “sexual” at all. I’m talking really about that poly/pan oceanic oneness with the universe–reaching out and touching the face of God–filling the void with my life force.

    Demeaning that by placing it on a continuum of sexuality is really demeaning and missing the point. Once you evolve beyond being a homo sapien, you will then see what you are blind to now.

    Damn, my last Heineken and its only 1PM.

  23. Dallas says:

    This is further evidence that these quack ‘medical procedures’ advocated by the Christian taliban is not only barbaric teachings but torture for personal pleasure.

    Time to close Christian Taliban outlets like NARTH.com and I call on Janet Reno to come back and finish the job.

  24. Zybch says:

    Wasn’t she a gay dude though? Sure as hell didn’t look like a chick, even a lesbian-plumber one.

  25. RBG says:

    13 bobbo.

    Could be me but I think the response loses something with “Then there’s those who believe if you’re xx, you’re not xy, xxy, yxx, or xxx. And if you’re xy, you’re not xx, xxy, yxx or xxx. And if you are xxx, you’re not xy, xxy, yxx, or xx. And if you are xxy…

    The whole idea behind evolution is that nature makes rare genetic mistakes and improbable combinations and re-combinations that mostly don’t work out, which allows for the even rarer but better-suited individual to better survive to breed. End of lesson.


  26. BIlly Bob says:

    Nowhere do they say if the treatment worked or not. Were the patients cured?

  27. NYC says:

    This is hilarious the guy trying to treat them is gay. You can’t cure someone who is gay get over it.

  28. bobbo, making the world better one criticism at a time says:

    #25–RBG==ok, I give up. What does your general truism got to do with this thread? Extra credit if you explain the curious gene linking mechanism that by chance allows seemingly ineffective genes to continue in the population because of the beneficial effects of the genes they are attached to?

    In this case, it may be that the genetic complex associated with homosexuality may also provide greater female fertility.

    Unlike yourself, very little in the field of genetics is simple and straightforward.

  29. bobbo, making the world better one criticism at a time says:

    RBG–What in the world makes you think Anne is cured???? The whole thing about a switch hitter is both sides get a chance at bat.

    You are a silly person.

  30. RBG says:

    bobbo. It’s a direct answer to your #19 “What to make of them?” Then I see you have a thing for scientific non sequiturs.

    Except your “MAY” and 3 bucks should get you a pretty good cup of coffee. But I see where you’re going with this. Soon we’ll be able to determine who is faking being gay.

    So now there is a gene for “switch-hitting,” is there? Maybe for the times when abortion laws are repealed to help even out the results of female fertility.

    It must be fun to seize half-baked ideas about nature to fit your wishful liberal philosophy. But then you are obviously the product of two recessive liberal genes.



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