Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Witchcraft, coercion alleged in lawsuit

Here is a story from suburban Chicago:
A second woman has filed a lawsuit against Delnor-Community Hospital claiming a former psychologist there subjected her to witchcraft under the guise of therapy. ...

Deanna Whetstine, formerly of St. Charles, filed a lawsuit in Kane County Monday asking for more than $50,000 because she was exposed to witchcraft, threats and sexual advances at the St. Charles campus of the hospital from July 2002 to December 2004, according to the suit.

According to the lawsuit, Whetstine went to Libman for treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, a neurological syndrome characterized by disabling pain.

During the treatment, Whetstine claims she was taught spells, told her current religion of Buddhism was bad and falsely told her medical condition was terminal.

Whetstine divorced her husband at Libman’s behest and moved in with the doctor at her home on Elm Street in St. Charles, where she was forced to take care of the house and take nude photos of Libman, the lawsuit contends. ...

Stavins said Whetstine felt threatened into continuing to see Libman. According to the lawsuit, Libman threatened Whetstine with a gun, told her she was an expert in poison, and said the hospital relied upon her to decide which patients should live or die.

The lawsuit comes a little more than a week after a similar lawsuit was filed in federal court by Shelley Standau, a North Carolina resident formerly from Woodstock. Standau claimed she was coerced during therapy into acts of nudity and self-mutilation and into joining a Wiccan coven while receiving treatment from September 2001 to June 2004. Standau’s lawsuit seeks more than $1 million from the hospital, claiming the therapy increased her depression and sparked three suicide attempts.
The whole field of psychologists is overrun with wackos like this. I am trying to comply with the expectations of the family court, but it is difficult. The court supplied the names of five psychotherapists that I could consult. I tried contacting them, but two of them have already called me back and told me that they do not take parents who are engaged in custody disputes. Sigh. Why are they even on the court list? The remaining ones could very well be Wiccans for all I know.

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