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Psychiatrist Dr. Aubrey Levin Cured Gay Soldiers With Electro-Shock Therapy. And Might’ve Molested His Male Patients Too

Because this is how the world works — at least a world where a leading religious institution would rather children suffer at the hands of priests than turn those priests over to authorities — Dr. Aubrey Levin, the psychiatrist who left South Africa for Canada in the 1990s amidst charges of chemically castrating gay men as part of their “therapy,” was arrested on charges of molesting his male patients.

Having been identified by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as committing “gross human rights abuses,” he managed to escape much public criticism by “threatening lawsuits against news organisations that attempted to explore it,” reports The Guardian.

But you might know Dr. Levin by his nickname: Dr. Shock. That’s because Levin used electro-shock therapy to cure soldiers in South Africa’s military of their gayness.

So how’d he finally land in so much trouble? “[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. … Following the arrest, other male patients have contacted the authorities. One, who was not identified, told CTV in Canada that he had gone to Levin for help with a gambling addiction and alleged he had been questioned about his sex life and subject to sexual advances.”

Oh, and then there’s Levin’s whole alleged history of helping hide South Africa’s apartheid and human rights abuses. And being a general disgrace.

In the 1960s, he wrote to a parliamentary committee considering the abolition of laws criminalising homosexuality saying that they should be left in place because he could “cure” gay people. His efforts to do just that in the army began in 1969 at the infamous ward 22 at the Voortrekkerhoogte military hospital near Pretoria, which ostensibly catered for service personnel with psychological problems. Commanding officers and chaplains were encouraged to refer “deviants” for electroconvulsive aversion therapy.

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.

One gay soldier claimed to have been chemically castrated by Levin. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was told by investigators that he was not alone. It also heard that at least one patient had been driven to suicide. Levin refused to testify before the commission.

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  • Kieran

    Horrific and disgusting. But since Aubrey Levin is a Jewish “doctor” and not a Catholic priest, you can expect the US lamestream newsmedia to totally ignore this story.

  • terrwill

    Here is one case where I would without a single moments hesitation, fire up a torch, join the mob,storm the jail and personally loop the rope……………………..

  • Jason


    He is being ignored because he is Jewish?

    Can we ignore you for being stupid?

  • nikko

    Evil bastard. I hope to see this man severely prosecuted for his crimes. And hewas also gay/bisexual??! What??! Closet cases are often the worst enemies of gay rights. May justice be ever so swift.

  • thyures

    LOL @ Terrwill

  • Jack

    Levin’s criminal quirk (of raping his patients) was known to Calgary cops, who turned a blind eye to what Levin gave them: false diagnosis of targeted individuals. The corruption goes all the way to the top of Alberta Justice, in the ‘Levin Affair.’

  • William F.

    There are now unconfirmed reports coming from Toronto that Dr. Levin was able to manipulate Immigration Canada through associates and buy his way into Canada. What can be confirmed is that the University of Calgary officials did not do a background check prior to hiring Dr. Levin, and Calgary academics are making waves.

  • Jeremy Acton

    I speak from South Africa,. I have been researching the history of Cannabis and its prohibition in South Africa and came across Levin’s ‘work’ in relation to Cannabis (dagga). I have some (scant) information that substantial atrocities were also perpetrated by Levin against Cannabis smokers (and drug addicts and conscientious objectors)in the SA military. Here are some comments.

    @ Jason.
    The issue of Levin’s Jewish backround and the protection Levin received in South Africa and from Canada is VERY relevant to how he escaped subpoena to answer questions to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding his actions. This issue of connections in the Jewish community (and in Freemasonry) and how it helped him escape the justice he deserves must still be clarified but the issue is real and must be tackled.

    @ All:
    1.Google “The Aversion Project and download the PDF.

    2.There was a MAJOR coverup all around South Africa in many university libraries and other archives to eradicate evidence about Levin’s actions in South Africa. I don’t think he could have done it all himself and he must have been helped.

    3. His ‘miraculous’ avoidance of the TRC in SA makes the whole Truth process a travesty of justice because there are many signs that it was expedient to let him off the hook and keep certain secrets undercover.

    After Canada has sentenced him for his crimes, I would like to see him extradited to South Africa to face questioning by whatever method is necessary to extract the Truth (electro-convulsive shocks and sodium pentothal injections while strapped to a bed are methods whose efficacy he would appreciate) , and he must also be sentenced in South Africa for what he did here.

    Jeremy Acton
    Dagga Party of South Africa

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