J-Schwab, today, finally retracts his earlier commentary on his pedo-therapist, and essentially responds in the comments section: "Hey! Don't look over here! This is about California and New Joisey!"
Jeremy Schwab (Facebook reply to Bilerico article above)I have not heard from Chris Austin since 2007 and have not thought much about this case since then. It looks like the old blog post from “TWO” is no longer accepting comments. If anyone has any doubt though, I’d like to re-emphasize that I do NOT condone the behavior that Chris Austin was accused of.
In my experience visiting his groups, etc. I never saw evidence to suggest that he was guilty. I do want to apologize though for any comments I may have made in 2007 that could be interpreted as insensitive to anyone who has ever been a victim of a sexual assault or an inappropriate sexual advance by a therapist, physician, minister, teacher, or anyone else in authority. Such behavior is never acceptable.
I do not see how this case is in any way relevant to the discussion of the right to self-determination for clients of all ages or the rights of free speech and conscience for therapists who help them. Chris Austin is ONE person. The behavior he was accused of has nothing to do with Reparative Therapy. IF he is guilty, that is a tragedy for everyone involved, but there is nothing about this that is relevant to the platform. The deplorable laws that have been passed in California and New Jersey would limit the rights of victims of sexual abuse to get real help.
Does J-Schwab know what a plea deal means? Serious question.