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美国有线新闻 CNN 2012-12-02

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 Erin, let's arrange for Anderson Cooper. Welcome to the podcast. Therapists claim that they can turn gay people straight and the patients who compare the treatment a mental torture. "Keep them honest", let's get started. We begin the way Anderson does every night, "keeping them honest", not offering opinions or playing favorites. You can get that on the other Cable News Networks. We're just searching for the facts. 

Tonight, the facts on a controversial practise called "reparative therapy". Proponents1 say it can turn gay people straight. "Keeping them honest", a mountain of medical research says otherwise. And even though some people claimed it had helped them, even though practitioners2 may use it with the best of intensions, plenty of people say there is nothing reparative or therapeutic3 in what they endured.
"I was manipulating into believing that I could change my sexual orientation4. But instead I was subjected to terrible abuse that mirrored the traumatic assault that I experienced as a young person. What I can tell you is that conversion5 therapy does not work. My family and I have wasted thousands of dollars and many hours on this scam."
That's Chaim Levin, one of four gay men filing suit today against the New Jersey6 counseling center called JONAH. Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing. These four men and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is representing them, are claiming that JONAH falsely promised cures and used tactics that sound less like therapy and more like mental torture. Things like being made to undergo individual and group sessions in the nude7. Being made to cuddle other same-sex clients and counselors8. Being made to beat an effigy9 of one's mother. Going to gyms and bath houses in order to be nude, the lawsuit10 cliams, with father figures. Beingn subject, the suit is also claims, to ridicule11, and I'm quoting the complain here, as homos and other anti-gay slurs12 that start with a letter F, but it's too offence to repeat here. Sounds a lot like bullying13, doesn't it?
Experts say it amounts to quack14 science. This from the American Psychiatric Association, and I'm quoting now, "In the last four decades, reparative therapists have not produced any rigorous scientific research to substantiate15 their claims of cure. Until there is such research available, the APA recommends that ethical16 practitioners refrain from attemps to change individuals' sexual orientation, keeping in mind the medical dictum to first do no harm." 
The stories of harm caused by reparative therapy are what prompted California to recently pass a law barring it for minors17. As the APA warns, the harm can include anxiety, depression, even suicide. Randi Kaye profiled another young man, a man who went through so- called reparative therapy with traumatic results. Here is his story.


1 proponents 984ded1baa85fedd6467626f41d14aff     
n.(某事业、理论等的)支持者,拥护者( proponent的名词复数 )
  • Reviewing courts were among the most active proponents of hybrid rulemaking procedures. 复审法院是最积极的混合型规则制定程序的建议者。 来自英汉非文学 - 行政法
  • Proponents of such opinions were arrested as 'traitors. ' 提倡这种主张的人马上作为“卖国贼”逮捕起来。 来自辞典例句
2 practitioners 4f6cea6bb06753de69fd05e8adbf90a8     
n.习艺者,实习者( practitioner的名词复数 );从业者(尤指医师)
  • one of the greatest practitioners of science fiction 最了不起的科幻小说家之一
  • The technique is experimental, but the list of its practitioners is growing. 这种技术是试验性的,但是采用它的人正在增加。 来自辞典例句
3 therapeutic sI8zL     
  • Therapeutic measures were selected to fit the patient.选择治疗措施以适应病人的需要。
  • When I was sad,music had a therapeutic effect.我悲伤的时候,音乐有治疗效力。
4 orientation IJ4xo     
  • Children need some orientation when they go to school.小孩子上学时需要适应。
  • The traveller found his orientation with the aid of a good map.旅行者借助一幅好地图得知自己的方向。
5 conversion UZPyI     
  • He underwent quite a conversion.他彻底变了。
  • Waste conversion is a part of the production process.废物处理是生产过程的一个组成部分。
6 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
7 nude CHLxF     
  • It's a painting of the Duchess of Alba in the nude.这是一幅阿尔巴公爵夫人的裸体肖像画。
  • She doesn't like nude swimming.她不喜欢裸泳。
8 counselors f6ff4c2b4bd3716024922a76236b3c79     
n.顾问( counselor的名词复数 );律师;(使馆等的)参赞;(协助学生解决问题的)指导老师
  • Counselors began an inquiry into industrial needs. 顾问们开始调查工业方面的需要。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • We have experienced counselors available day and night. ) 这里有经验的法律顾问全天候值班。) 来自超越目标英语 第4册
9 effigy Vjezy     
  • There the effigy stands,and stares from age to age across the changing ocean.雕像依然耸立在那儿,千秋万载地凝视着那变幻无常的大海。
  • The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd.群众焚烧退位独裁者的模拟像。
10 lawsuit A14xy     
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
11 ridicule fCwzv     
  • You mustn't ridicule unfortunate people.你不该嘲笑不幸的人。
  • Silly mistakes and queer clothes often arouse ridicule.荒谬的错误和古怪的服装常会引起人们的讪笑。
12 slurs f714abb1a09d3da4d64196cc5701bd6e     
含糊的发音( slur的名词复数 ); 玷污; 连奏线; 连唱线
  • One should keep one's reputation free from all slurs. 人应该保持名誉不受责备。
  • Racial slurs, racial jokes, all having to do with being Asian. 种族主义辱骂,种族笑话,都是跟亚裔有关的。
13 bullying f23dd48b95ce083d3774838a76074f5f     
v.恐吓,威逼( bully的现在分词 );豪;跋扈
  • Many cases of bullying go unreported . 很多恐吓案件都没有人告发。
  • All cases of bullying will be severely dealt with. 所有以大欺小的情况都将受到严肃处理。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 quack f0JzI     
  • He describes himself as a doctor,but I feel he is a quack.他自称是医生,可是我感觉他是个江湖骗子。
  • The quack was stormed with questions.江湖骗子受到了猛烈的质问。
15 substantiate PsRwu     
  • There is little scientific evidence to substantiate the claims.这些主张几乎找不到科学依据来证实。
  • These theories are used to substantiate the relationship between the phenomenons of the universe.这些学说是用来证实宇宙现象之间的关系。
16 ethical diIz4     
  • It is necessary to get the youth to have a high ethical concept.必须使青年具有高度的道德观念。
  • It was a debate which aroused fervent ethical arguments.那是一场引发强烈的伦理道德争论的辩论。
17 minors ff2adda56919f98e679a46d5a4ad4abb     
n.未成年人( minor的名词复数 );副修科目;小公司;[逻辑学]小前提v.[主美国英语]副修,选修,兼修( minor的第三人称单数 )
  • The law forbids shops to sell alcohol to minors. 法律禁止商店向未成年者出售含酒精的饮料。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He had three minors this semester. 这学期他有三门副修科目。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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