Gay Men Sue Counselors Who Promised to Make Them Straight
The conversion therapy techniques included having them strip naked in group sessions, cuddling and intimate holding of others of the same-sex, violently beating an effigy of their mothers with a tennis racket, visiting bath houses “in order to be nude with father figures,” and being “subjected to ridicule as ‘faggots’ and ‘homos’ in mock locker room scenarios,” the suit said.
“As long as you put in the effort, you’re going to change,” Goldberg told Bruck in the summer of 2009, the lawsuit said.
JONAH counselor Thaddeus Heffner blamed Bruck’s gay orientation “on Bruck for not working hard enough to change, on his father for being too distant, and on his mother for being too close to him,” the suit said.
Bruck quit after five sessions, delivered through an online video link, because he “experienced deepening depression and anxiety leading to suicidal ideation and feelings of hopelessness about his life,” the suit said.
Heffner angrily warned Bruck that he was “making a big mistake” and “throwing (his) life away” by “giving into (his) desires” and that he would “never lead a happy life,” but would “lead a life of unhappiness in that unhealthy lifestyle,” the suit said.
These counselors should be arrested and prosecuted for child abuse and fraud.