A Toronto psychiatrist who claims homosexuality is a “sexual disorder” that can be cured, was just found guilty of sexually abusing at least two of his patients… both of whom are male.
In a ruling by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee, Dr. Melvyn Iscove is described as having a “special interest in the treatment of patients with problems related to homosexuality.”
During its investigation, the five-member disciplinary panel found that 72-year-old Iscove engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex with at least two of his male patients on multiple occasions.
He also had anal intercourse with one of the men in his office, the committee learned.
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The records read:
Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr. Iscove, and both said that at some point, they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them.
The first patient, who began seeing Iscove for depression and anxiety “associated with fears he was gay,” testified that one day Iscove embraced him and said, “You may touch me if you like,” before encouraging the patient to touch his erect penis through his pants.
The sexual activity subsequently progressed to Dr. Iscove removing his penis from his trousers, then Patient A doing the same. This progressed on later occasions to mutual masturbation and oral sex. Patient A estimated that such activity occurred on between 10 and 20 occasions with oral sex occurring on one-third of the episodes.
The second patient also began seeing Iscove for depression and anxiety.
(Patient B) considered beginning a homosexual affair with an unspecified male. After discussing this with Dr. Iscove, who persuaded him that a random partner was undesirable, Dr. Iscove made it known that he, himself, would be available.
A lengthy sexual relationship ensued that eventually led to anal sex, with Iscove penetrating the patient in his office.
But, believe it or not, Iscove’s troubles don’t stop there.
He’s also facing a separate discipline hearing over allegations involving “improper conduct in a public men’s washroom.”
Of course, Iscove denies everything, but that didn’t stop officials from suspended his license until a penalty hearing can be scheduled.
“We’re both very disappointed with the result, obviously,” Iscove’s lawyer, Alfred Kwinter, said. “Dr. Iscove has always denied the allegations, he continues to do so, and he’s seriously considering an appeal.”
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h/t: The Star
This is EXACTLY what the right wing anti-lgbt bigots, the Mormon Church, Evangellicals etc… want. A workd of closet cases feeling ashamed who go to places like this where church leaders or other lgbt bigots can molest them, and then they will never report it and go off to marry some poor woman who wonders why her husband never wants to sleep with her.
Not much different than what the Catholic church did to girls in Ireland who got pregnant. The Priests and nuns were free to abuse, rape, and enslave them, because they kept pushing the idea that since the girls had kids out of wedlock they were shamed and not worth listening to.
DCguy is so right. It can’t be said enough: Gay, bi and trans people are not the problem, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are. This entire scenario is the direct result of homophobia and anti-LGBTQ attitudes that are still strong today. Instead of getting counseling supported their same-sexual feelings and their wholeness as human beings, they encountered this creepy, sleazy, self-loathing, closeted therapist, who clearly could not deal with his own sexual issues and condemned same-sexual behavior as a “sexual disorder,” using language not unlike that of former Pope Benedict/Cardinal Ratzinger in his extreme anti-gay pastoral document years ago. And what did he do? He preyed upon them. This still happens far too often; anti-gay conversion therapy and “cures” for same- and trans-sexual orientation and desire are a sham that should be completely shut down.
I agree with Kangol and DCguy 110%; this so-called therapist used his position of power to not only physically prey upon but also psychologically damage his patients knowing full well he wasn’t curing them of anything but using them as easy bait to fulfill his own sexual desires that are suppressed.
The patients themselves im sure also knew that what was happening isn’t therapy but away for them to also relieve their own sexual frustration and supreesion under the guise of being treated.
This is why gay people, of all flavors, need to be out, need to show other gay men and women who are in the closet, who are struggling, that they are not alone. That even if they don’t want to be gay, that there are healthy ways to talk about it, to discuss it and ultimately accept it.
The answer isn’t with some preachers, Imams, priests, Rabbis, or gurus. Most of them are not gay and they don’t understand us, that’s why we have to be there for one another, no matter what our political, religious, or cultural background happens to be. If we don’t do that then we are lost.
^Yep, ya’ll are right…but damn it, I got a hard on when reading.
Ha! I couldn’t help but visualize that myself, and suddenly I thought, “Man! What a perfect setup. The so-called therapist doesn’t have to wonder if they are gay or have gay tendencies, they come to him . . he doesn’t have to go out searching for a hookup, they get a good hand job or a BJ, and this ‘doc’ also gets paid for his service.” That’s what I call a great setup! :))
^Mick406….we’re bad, Mick. I would put my vote against it, and I do think it’s wrong and harmful, but…the damn fantasy of it is kind of hot…uggh! Just being honest.
This story reads like an incredibly badly-written porn-plot.
This so-called psychiatrist is evil not only for promoting something that doesn’t work but also for taking advantage of his patients. May he rot in jail.
I wish I could kick him in the nard
Where the hell were all these frisky doctors when I was growing up?
“(Patient B) considered beginning a homosexual affair with an unspecified male. After discussing this with Dr. Iscove, who persuaded him that a random partner was undesirable, Dr. Iscove made it known that he, himself, would be available.”
I literally laughed out loud when i read that! Listen depression is very real in our community. Gay men are three times more likely to suffer from depression than straight men that’s according to this article https://packedman.com/gay-depression/ . We don’t have to live with depression and we don’t need to turn to big pharma either!
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