Penis Measuring Lie Detectors For Kids? Not in Canada….Anymore

August 18, 2010

Canada (ChattahBox) – It was a common enough practice in British Columbia over the years, though the results have often been criticized as questionable, and the testing itself barbaric and inappropriate. But for twenty-five years it has been allowed, until recently when a charge of sexual abuse put it on hold: penile plethysmography (PPG), or the “fruit machine”.

This is done by strapping a device to the penis of a teen or child (adults were also test subjects, but the controversy is more about the underage), and exposing them to various random images, some of which are disturbing images of child pornography, rape, bestiality, or other items considered illegal or deviant. They would then test the penile reacting and arousal.

Occasionally, something would be inserted into the rectum as well, to ensure blood control was not being hindered by the clenching of the sphincter.

Now, there are a few obvious problems with this, but the most glaring should be enough: teenage boys get erections out of nowhere. The slightest half formed thought about something even non-sexual can result in a physical reaction. Apparently, the medical association in Canada has finally agreed.

Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services in Burnaby, British Columbia has been told to stop the practice and close the program, as well as the lesser used version that uses an insert into the vagina of the “subject”. This came about after a test administrator was arrested for charges of sexual assault, and human rights groups were finally heard by local government.

It is hard to imagine something this twisted going on. Not only is there a biological problem with the entire testing process that shows it can’t possibly be accurate, but they are trying to find “deviancy”, which, for a long time, included homosexuality.

Read more about the whole case here.


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