Over at news.com.au, Rohan Smith interviews three victims of ex-gay therapy treatments. Here’s Anthony Venn-Brown’s story:
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ANTHONY Venn-Brown was a desperate man in 1971.
Then just 20 years old, he arrived on the doorstep of the Assemblies of God church in Auckland convinced he had found his salvation.
For the early part of his life, Venn-Brown fought off temptation. But he needed help. Unfortunately, he sought it in the misguided preachings of two men who convinced him he was harbouring the devil.
“I’d heard frightening stories about people screaming, contorting and frothing at the mouth when devils were cast out of them but whatever it took to get rid of these terrible thoughts I wanted to do it,” he said.
Venn-Brown told news.com.au he “genuinely believed the exorcism would work”.
“I wanted so desperately to feel normal that I was willing to try anything.”
For two hours, the pastors stood over him and shouted at the devil to show itself.