Did you know so-called “Conversion Camps” are still operating in the U.S.
Right off the bat I want to say that if you are easily offended then this will not be the article for you. What I will attempt to do here is give an open look into the practice of “reparative therapy”, specifically in regards to camps based in the US. The article will have as many straight facts as possible, but I have the feeling that in the day and age of “alternate truths”, some people might get very offended with this article. If you have an open mind, regardless of your personal beliefs on the matter, then please enjoy.
Conversion / Reparative therapy: The Facts
In summary it is the act of attempting to change someones sexual orientation through spiritual/psychological intervention. Most of developed world has expressed extreme concern over the practice, going so far as to outlaw it due to its possible negative outcomes in some regions. The way I see it is the main issues seem to lie in two areas: When the patient is considered a minor, and whether or not the institutions report all the ways they attempt to “change” a patients sexual orientation. Lets address the first one.
The way of thinking for the opponents of the practice goes something like this. If you are a minor who has been told all your life that what you feel on the inside is wrong, then the fact that you are seeking help for that issue is not genuine. At the very least it is extremely unethical to treat someone for an issue that they have been talked into believing exist. Its one thing to take advantage of an adults feelings and emotions while they give legal consent to do so, but a child shouldn’t endure something they don’t even understand. On the other hand the proponents of the “counseling” will say its like treating any other disease. If you have a teenager who has a drug habit, yet they feel what they are doing is ok. They can still be treated for that. If a child has a mental disability that they are not aware of, that doesn’t lessen the fact that they have it.
The second issue surrounds the types of things that occur at the “conversion camps“. One side of the fence says that the patients receive treatments such as counseling, visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytical therapy, and spiritual interventions. The other side has made accusations of counseling that involved beating a person down emotionally until the hate everything about themselves, shock therapy, or even physical abuse.
This is an issue that deserves a in-depth look no matter how you feel about the situation. Down below I will link multiple articles, from first hand accounts of abuse inside these “camps”, to proponents of the practice sending them praise. Also please if you have a personal story and wish to share it publicly please put it in the comments below, or shoot me a message in private.
One last thing I would like to ask of you, my fine readers. Do you like the format of this post. That is to say, would you rather I go more in-depth here and cover the conclusions of the various websites. Or are you happy with me giving you enough information to be interested enough to read exactly what these people/places have to say, straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Please let me know down in the comments below.