An Affair to Remember

Infidelity literally means unfaithfulness (from the Latin word infidelis, “not faithful”); the word can be used as unfaithfulness, disbelief or disloyalty to a moral obligation, to a religion or religious belief, or as current and relentless news stories have it, as a romantic or sexual relationship with someone other than one’s husband, wife, or partner. It’s certainly related to the hue and cry over sexual misconduct and the stories of sexual abuse dominating the current news environment.

How can we deal effectively with this topic, when it seems that daily lurid revelations are occurring about some highly-placed person’s infidelity or alleged sexual harassment.

“I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender!” — Rodney Dangerfield

While it is not our place to make judgments about this, there are some things we can say about psychiatrists’ and psychologists’ involvement in matters of sexual abuse and harassment.

In a British study of therapist-patient sexual contact among psychologists, 25% reported having treated a patient who had been sexually involved with another therapist.

Therapist sexual abuse is sexual abuse. Therapist rape is rape. They will never constitute therapy.

Psychiatrists and psychologists rarely refer to rape as rape. Instead, they downplay it as “sexual contact,” a “sexual relationship” or “crossing the boundaries” when one of its members sexually forces themselves on a patient, often with the help of drugs or electroshock. While psychiatrists account for only 6% of physicians in the country, they comprised 28% of perpetrators disciplined for sex-related offenses.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the mental disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) have greatly assisted psychiatrists and psychologists in their efforts to avoid criminal proceedings for sexual abuse. The DSM decriminalizes illegal acts by defining criminal behavior as a biologically based aberration or “mental disorder.” In this way, dangerous criminals in psychiatry’s own ranks have been excused of all personal responsibility for their actions.

How did this come to be?

The family unit, long held sacred by religion, was purposely weakened by psychiatry’s World Federation for Mental Health, which considered it “the major obstacle to improved mental health.”

In 1993, Catholic psychologist William Coulson admitted that, “The net outcome of sex education, styled as Rogerian encountering [Carl Rogers’ therapy], is more sexual experience. Humanistic psychotherapy, the kind that has virtually taken over the Church in America … dominates so many forms of aberrant education like sex education.”

Considering that, according to William Coulson, the result of sex education is “more sexual experience,” there is no doubt as to psychologists’ intention or the direction of these courses.

Freudian theory developed in the 1890’s called for radical permissiveness in sexual mores. Freud taught that sexual repression was the chief psychological problem of mankind, which has been used to whitewash behavior that society has traditionally considered inappropriate, leading to excessive sexual permissiveness.

Psychiatrists and psychologists cannot be allowed to continue to determine the standards of conduct in any society, or society risks further degradation.

For more information, download and read the CCHR booklets about psychiatry assaulting religion and psychiatric rape.

Psychiatrist forfeits license in Iowa

A former psychiatrist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) has surrendered his medical license to settle a complaint that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female patient.

An article in the November 21, 2012 Burlington Hawk Eye states that the Iowa Board of Medicine accepted the settlement with Sergio Paradiso, who was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a mental health patient and violating professional boundaries for physicians. Paradiso had practiced in Iowa since 2000, and was also an associate professor at the University before resigning in August. The patient now has a lawsuit pending against Paradiso, and the malpractice insurer, Iowa Medical Mutual Insurance, obtained a court order stating it has no obligation to defend Paradiso or to cover any damages resulting from the case.

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Psychiatry to blame for abduction and rape of 11-year-old girl

Citizens Commission on Human Rights’ (CCHR) mission has always been to investigation and expose psychiatric violations of human rights, and crime and fraud in the mental health industry. One aspect of this has been to educate the public about the erosion of the justice system that started when psychiatric “expert witnesses” and mental health evaluators were allowed into our courts.

Courts, ignorant of psychiatry’s complete lack of medical and scientific substance, have put entirely too much value on the psychiatrists’ evaluations and recommendations.

A recent report issued by the El Dorado County (California) District Attorney solidifies this reality by systematically showing how law enforcement reliance on psychiatrists and other mental health evaluators in the legal system put the public in danger and enabled one of the most heinous federal crimes in recent memory.

On June 10, 1991, Phillip and Nancy Garrido abducted 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in South Lake Tahoe, California and held her as a sex slave for the next 18 years, during which Dugard gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido.

In his August 2, 2011 report, the El Dorado County District Attorney (DA) points out that in March 1977, Garrido was given a 50-year federal prison sentence for kidnapping a young woman and was concurrently given a Nevada state prison sentence of five years to life for forcibly raping her (he’d handcuffed and sexually assaulted her for hours). Garrido’s “reliable documented criminal history” includes:

  • A May 1970 conviction and probation for possession of marijuana and LSD
  • A March 1972 conviction and jail sentence for possession of marijuana
  • An April 1972 arrest for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Possible Rape and Adult Providing Dangerous Drugs to a Minor (case was dismissed)
  • The kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl in 1972
  • The kidnapping and rape of a 19-year-old young woman in June 1976
  • The attempted kidnapping and rape of a 25-year-old woman in November 1976, just hours before the kidnap-rape that got him put in prison
  • “Garrido alluded to many additional crimes that may never be solved.”

Further, Garrido later admitted to abducting two other women and to having a deviant sexual interest in young children. Yet, rather than consider his past conduct as grounds for his continued incarceration, the courts relied instead on psychiatrists’ evaluations of Garrido, based largely on Garrido’s own statements about his “rehabilitation.”

One psychologist was willing to recommend parole for the convicted rapist after he’d been in prison a little over a year, finding him to be “a likeable young man whose bearing excites the positive regard of others.”

This, the DA points out, was because Garrido knew how to use psychiatry to his advantage: act in the right manner and say the right things and the psych would write a glowing report of the criminal’s rehabilitation and value to society. Psychiatry’s utter lack of medical substance, coupled with the court’s reliance on psychiatric opinion, allowed a sexual psychopath to get out of jail after only eleven years and go mostly unnoticed before, during and after the abduction of Dugard.

The DA does not merely make passing mention of psychiatry in the matter but repeatedly raises the point throughout:

  • “When looking at the Garrido case…it is hard to ignore the role that the psychiatric profession played…Garrido manipulated the system with the assistance of the psychiatric profession…”
  • “Far too often, the psychiatrist focuses on what the criminal says (rather than their past actions and conduct) to evaluate their risk for future dangerousness. This runs counter to common sense.”
  • “…the ultimate failure of the system and its dealing with Garrido was the result of a complete over-reliance of criminal justice system upon the opinions of psychiatric professionals…and a parole system that gives too much weight to a prisoner’s institutional adjustment and psychiatric evaluations…”
  • “Far too often, these psychiatric reports are taken as gospel, and overly relied upon by parole boards (and many others in the criminal justice system).”
  • “Should these psychiatric evaluation continue to be conducted, however, they should be given less weight in determining parole suitability…”

We urge you to download and read the DA’s entire report, as it contains valuable professional insight into the actual workings (and repeated failings) of psychiatry in the justice system and contains as well the seeds of the reforms that will prevent future tragedies like the abduction of Jaycee Dugard.

For more information about psychiatry’s infiltration of the justice system, download and read the CCHR report, “Eroding Justice—Psychiatry’s Corruption of Law — Report and recommendations on psychiatry subverting the courts and corrective services.”