Sex abuse doctor blames SA technique

2012-10-17 09:34

Johannesburg - A psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting 10 patients in Canada claimed in court that he was merely using a treatment technique learned in South Africa, the Calgary Herald reported this week.

Aubrey Levin, 73, said in a Calgary court on Monday that he used bulbocavernosus reflex (BVR) testing, normally a urology procedure, while trying to cure the patients of erectile problems.

The Calgary Herald quoted an extract from Levin's police interrogation.

"When I worked in South Africa we did just about everything," Levin said. "Some would say it was... the land of medical cowboys. Because we used to learn to do everything."

He claimed he did not refer the patients to urologists for the treatment because in Calgary there was often up to a nine-month waiting period.

A Toronto-based expert medical witness testified that Levin was not performing BVR in footage one of the complainants took of the alleged assault using a spy camera.

"This was not a simple elicitation of reflex but a long repeated fondling or massage of the penis," Dr Ethan Grober said.

Grober said BVR treatment does not involve long massaging or fondling of the penis but was actually a brief physical check.

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-10-17 09:48

    What was this method, using your penis to take temperature rectally?

      althea.meintjies - 2012-10-17 09:55


      richy.rex.77 - 2012-10-17 10:21

      Not only taking temperature even for injecting

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-18 07:04

      If he was here he could blame on wait for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERWOERD@@@@@

  • erica.pienaar.7 - 2012-10-17 09:52

    thats nice doc. blame it on south africa, we can take the punch. moron.

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 15:46

      LOL ya, hows that :-)!

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 09:54

    again blame it on something else, you will be judged

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-17 10:05

    Huh...............learned from SA?

      bond.ndalo - 2012-10-17 11:55

      @Richy>>>r u sure?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-17 10:06

    Nonsense - don't blame South Africa for it.

      jenny.smithvos - 2012-10-17 14:29

      At least he is not blaming Apartheid for this!!:)

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-17 16:16

      He headed up a project at 1 Military Hospital dring apartheid years, designed to "cure" gay soldiers. He left and went to Canada in 1994 when the old government was voted out. He is an apartheid doctor, which will delight and enthrol some readers...

  • nicky.tyrrell - 2012-10-17 10:10

    What a freak! Pleeeeeeeeeeeease stay in Canada. Next he will be blaming it on apartheid!

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-17 10:11

    Has this guy lost his mind, what must the Canadians think of us stupid South Africans.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-17 10:14

    All kinds of BAD THINGS learned in SOUTH AFRICA but even bad practice by highly literate proffessionals as Doctors? Can't agree with that because I thought we have the best MEDICAL TECHNIQUES here with some doctors becoming pioneers

      hugh.olphart - 2012-10-17 10:53

      We do, Wits I think is still rated as in the top 5? medical fraternities in the world.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-10-17 12:10

      Dude, he is trying to dredge an excuse from legitimate medical procedures. Sadly he may get a lighter sentence as a result.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-18 14:51

      @hugh: sadly the only one near a top list is UCT at #101. Wits might be #5in SA. Way back they all made it onto the list.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-17 10:17

    Seems like the SADF gave him his dream job. Sick SOB

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-17 10:20

      I have this image of the Korporal in 1 Mil asking for volunteers to develop and trail the "queer" test and this clown jumping up shouting "pick me, pick me"

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-18 06:47

      lol, gordon, your spelling is wrong - you left out the 'r' :D

  • chris.flack.750 - 2012-10-17 10:26

    Lokking at the photo, I wouldn't allow this guy within a mile of my d!ck.

  • nicky.m.wagner.7 - 2012-10-17 13:50

    pervert - 'medical cowboys' -

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 14:14

    What an idiot.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-17 14:22

    Don't forget about the sangomas, they work in mysterious ways. Have cures even to prevent being shot by police, therefore he could easily have been taught this "medical technic" in ZA

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-10-17 14:36

    Auwa banna!! is our country in sach a bad state tht ever1 jst blames us for everthing????hahahahahahahaha!! Made my day

  • Medocxes - 2012-10-17 14:49

    this guy has no shame, look what he has been busy with,

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-10-17 15:16

    Medical "Cowboys"? I think you shouldv'e blamed Texas then, broke back mountain!

  • kitty.vanjaarsveld - 2012-10-17 15:52

    Wonder why he left SA in the first place. Anybody here experienced his procedure? Shame blame SA, no one from here to testify I suppose.

  • rupert.magande - 2012-10-17 16:20

    i remember reading a story in one of the local tabloids , a sangoma was in court for rape and in his defence he said he was just administering medicine directly into the woman's womb , he claimed that he had dipped his penis in some muti that he had prescribed for the lady and during cross examination the lady was asked if she had agreed to let the sangoma do this , to which she replied yes . needless to say the sangoma was acquited of the rape charges . South african healers

  • rupert.magande - 2012-10-17 16:22

    i remember reading a story some time ago that opticians use SUPER GLUE when they perform eye operations in some hospitals . Welcome to Mzansi

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-18 08:10

      Super glue was used in Vietnam to seal wounds until they could reach proper medical treatment.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-17 16:30

    Smart rape

  • motho.batho.98 - 2012-10-17 16:40


  • mzseatla - 2012-10-17 17:00

    LMFAO!!! The Things people come up with

  • lex.holmes2 - 2012-10-17 18:13

    Holy crap, what more are we going to be blamed for?

  • bert.einswine - 2012-10-17 19:17

    Yup... you're right Doc... in good old RSA....anything goes

  • bongile.langa - 2012-10-17 19:51


  • megan.perrow - 2012-10-17 21:09

    Omg LMAO sure doc, massage and fondle penises and blame YOUR pervertedness on SA, dirty old man

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-18 06:33

    I'm sure the doctors in South Africa are rolling on the floor with laughter. Don't blame South Africa it was your filth

  • Michael - 2012-10-18 07:43

    Any female doctors willing to test my bulbocavernosus reflex, please contact me..

      joanita.hilton - 2012-10-18 08:12

      LOLOL Mike. I cant even pronounce that bulbocaver whatever reflex.

  • joanita.hilton - 2012-10-18 08:10


      Michael - 2012-10-18 11:49

      You don't have to be a real doctor. A cute little nurses outfit works just as well.

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-18 09:56

    I would have blamed it on Bantu education but unfortunately he doesn't qualify.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 13:42

    This is a treatment Malema might have to get exposed to in prison. This the prisoners also learnt in SA.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-18 17:01

    Have you heard that? '...the land of medical cowboys'. \r\nNot very much different from our taxi drivers.

  • vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-10-18 20:12

    Sorry to burst his bubble, but South African doctors are top notch. Which is why all of them are in Canada ;)

  • mcmwax.chinsolo - 2012-10-18 20:47

    Atta boy Doctor! Pinpoint the blame to the ANC, Zuma and Juju!

  • jacqui.millin - 2012-10-19 09:01

    Ha ha ha what's this guy smoking?

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-19 11:48

    I suspect that the good doctor is suffering from penile dementia - he needs to be medicated and institutionalised. He was a psychiatrist in SA and presumably specialised in sexual problems esp. if he was involved in the program to "cure" gay conscripted men in the army. Reading this makes me suspect that Canada's health system is no better than SA's if one has to wait 6 months to see a urologist to check you out and that the article is somewhat out of context. He offered as his defense that psychiatry did not mean you had no experience in other areas of medicine and that he was simple trying to help these patients rule out a urological condition before he treated their head problem. To say that he learned this in SA is grossly unfair to the many hardworking and excellent doctors we do have here. We certainly don't want him back in SA.

  • Desiree Rowe - 2014-02-26 11:19

    For those of you who haven't bothered to check what he is talking about he is talking about a test that is used to test for spinal shock and spinal injuries. Yes it does sound strange but there it is although a what a Psychiatrist would need use the procedure for is beyond me. He is there to check the insanity level of a person not the bodily functions of a person that's why the medical field has other specialities. He would not have learned that procedure unless he was studying to be a medical doctor not a head doctor!! Nice of him to blame everyone else for his sick mind.

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