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Gays abused, raped in Ecuador clinics to cure them of homosexuality

Monday, July 29, 2013

QUITO, Ecuador — More than 80 unlicensed clinics throughout Ecuador are using rape, electric shock and beatings as “treatment” to convert gay people into heterosexuals, according to the country’s openly lesbian Health Minister, Carina Vance.

Two people who had been admitted the clinics have died last year, Vance said in a news conference over the weekend, adding that authorities have begun to crack down on the facilities.

“We have reports of physical attacks, the use of ice water on inmates,” said Vance. “We have lesbians who have reported what the clinics called ‘sex therapy,’ but which consists of being raped by men.”

“We are talking here about a mafia, a network that operates nationally in each of the provinces, which are violating human rights,” she said.

One of the victims, Denisse Freire, now 25, was sent to a “Christian camp” run by an Evangelical group after her mother discovered her in a room with another girl when she was 15 years-old.

In order to cure her of homosexuality, Freire said was raped and tortured “with electric shocks, didn’t let me bathe for three days, gave me almost nothing to eat, hit me a lot, hung me by my feet. They told me it was for my own good.”

The center was supposed to be a rehabilitation clinic for drug and alcohol addiction, but Freire reported she was held with four other young gays.

After two months of “treatments,” Freire escaped.

In June, Zulema Constante, a 22-year-old psychology student, escaped a similar clinic in the eastern city of Tena, after being interned by her family in order to “cure” her of being a lesbian.

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She said was handcuffed and locked in a straightjacket. “I had to pray, they gave me food poisoning, forced me to clean toilets with my hands, and told me I was wrong to be a lesbian,” she told reporters.

The clinic is owned by a health official in the region.

Vance said that as of March of last year, 18 of these clinics have been closed for health and/or human rights violations.

Many of these clinics, such as the one attended by Constante, are owned by elected officials.

Vance also stated that Ecuador’s law allows permits forced treatment of an “addict” following an order by a judge.

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  1. I´m horrified and ashamed.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:13am
  2. …it´s not rocket science, people of the world.

    It´s human nature. Some are born gay. That does not make them immoral.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:46am
  3. … WTF!?! NO-American-AID to ECUADOR ever!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:51am
  4. That is human. Right abuse too! What abt using rape, electric shock & beatings to cure the abusers from inhumanity & heterosexuality!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 3:46am
  5. What the fuck!!! how will that possible help you stupid mother fuckers!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 3:47am
  6. yes that´s riGht! gay is born. but how to cure it? is it posSible to cure?to change soul and sexual orientatioN?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 5:23am
  7. How absolutely horrible!!! How cruel and intolerant can people get??

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:42pm
  8. Are they Ecuadorian? Or are the from the U.S.A.?

    You can´t cure homosexuality. You can only prevent it by killing off all the child molesters/child rapists, & people who commit satanic rituals.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:42pm
  9. Such sick ppl

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:46pm
  10. And homosexuality isn´t a disease but hating and doing sick acts to hurt people sure is

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:48pm
  11. this is ignorance

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:48pm
  12. cruel animals! ignorant beyond hell!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:49pm
  13. Homosexuality CANNOT be cured. Are you serious?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:50pm
  14. WTF?!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:53pm
  15. Those quacks are doing things that could potentially be grounds for a life sentence in America!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:53pm
  16. How cruel is the world and how horrible is humanity that this is what they do in order to “cure” homosexuality. Loving a person of the same gender isn´t a disease so it need not a cure. Heartless people…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:54pm
  17. Horrendous. Remind us not to Ecuador ever on our list of places to visit

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:55pm
  18. Bigotry and Violence are the Real Abominations.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:57pm
  19. oh my

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:07pm
  20. I live in Ecuador. People are quite conservative and a bit uninformed about LGBTQ research. I talk with people about this frequently. Most churches here support a very unfriendly view (and fear) of these wonderful people.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:07pm
  21. just speechless….. Len Peterson looks like we need to send a plane here too

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:13pm
  22. …….okay you cant prevent it at all…. its something that happens….and killing people off to “cure” anything is impossible and the thought of doing something like that is wrong….

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:16pm
  23. i would say they are animals for what they are doing but animals arent capable of such hateful, cruel and dispicable things, this kind of behaviour is born of fear and ignorance, things like this are the reason that many peole never ´come out´ to their froend and family through fear of neglect, abuse and abandonment. This make me sick.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:18pm
  24. *friends

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:18pm
  25. Sick. They don´t want a cure. They just want sex. Sick Bastards!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:28pm
  26. i have a friend from there damn that messed up

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:41pm
  27. Sounds a bit like giving a fat boy ice cream to help him lose weight. ;-)

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:46pm
  28. So you think that raping a woman is going to suddenly make her not interested in women???

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:48pm
  29. DISLIKE

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:50pm
  30. DISLIKE BIG TIME!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:54pm
  31. america tried in 60s but clinics closed down. studies showed made homos ill to make them be heteros. went against body type. this is true story.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:15pm
  32. Because, once again, nothing makes you want to have sex than being forcibly raped. WTH.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:21pm
  33. it´s a catholic country, where´s the pope on this one?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:46pm
  34. : (

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:56pm
  35. probably endorses it…after all look how many years they kept quiet on ex-gay therapy in the States before someone realized it doesn´t work and fought it to get it shut down

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:59am
  36. THIS IS SHIT. OMG

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:21am
  37. Unbelievable! I just don´t understand!! Makes me very sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:22am
  38. WTF? :´(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 2:21am
  39. Typical.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 2:32am
  40. Yeah like rape is going to cure them. The rapists ought to have the same thing done to them.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 3:11am
  41. These people are SICK.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 3:35am
  42. vomit

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 5:14am
  43. aversion therapy!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:16am
  44. I´m not surprised, the hotel I stayed in in Guayaquil had a sign stating homosexuals were not allowed.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 7:13am
  45. This is absurd.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:48pm
  46. Evil

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:10pm