Dr. Aubrey Levin’s license was originally suspended in 2010 after a male prisoner who had be sent to him for treatment presented hidden-video footage of the doctor making unwanted sexual advances.
Earlier complaints of similar behavior had been ignored by authorities but in all, some 30 men came forward to claim he had sexually abused them or made unwanted advances.
On Tuesday, Levin, who earned the nickname “Dr. Shock” because he used electric-shock treatments on gay soldiers and conscientious objectors back in Apartheid-era South Africa, was deemed fit to stand trial. The defense claimed the 72-year-old was suffering from the early stages of dementia.
While Levin’s behavior toward his Canadian patients is deplorable enough, it’s what he got up to in South Africa that really turns our stomach.
During his work in the [South African Defense Force] he was the attending psychiatrist at Greefswald, an isolated detention barracks where harsh treatments, including powerful drugs and electric shocks, were used to ‘cure’ conscripts of supposed ‘homosexual vices’ and conscientious objections.
… A reliable journalistic source from South Africa has told GSN that in addition to the above, ‘Levin and his team also performed chemical castration as well as forced or rather coerced (as they were not literally forced) gender reassignment surgery on gay men as a “cure” for being gay.
“One such patient is currently living in New York reticent to speak to the press as he (although physically now a she) has been living a life of horror as he never wanted to be a woman as he was never transgender but just an effeminate gay man.”
As part of Levin’s discredited aversion therapy, gay soldiers were shown pictures of naked men and encouraged to fantasize, then subjected to increasingly potent electric shocks. Levin used the same method to curb protests in black townships, where he would classify masses of people as “disturbed.”
Despite being charged with “gross human-rights abuses” by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Levin somehow not only garnered Canadian citizenship, but a job with the University of Calgary’s Medical School.
Suddenly we’re not so jealous of Canada’s health care system.