MAYBE I’M BEING CRUEL, BUT……..

19 year old girl.

Raped two different times.

Goes in for counseling.

Therapist puts the moves on her.

He’s fired. of course, but it bergs the question: is there something about her that invites this?

The way she dresses?

The way she looks at people?

The way she uses makeup?

Gotta be something.

A Palm Harbor mental health counselor gave up his license after the Florida Department of Health suspended him for sexually pursuing a 19-year-old patient, a two-time rape victim.

The emergency suspension order (ESO) on Stephen McGinley’s license says he told the young woman she was “extremely hot” and “I want to make love to you, girl … slowly” and touched her sexually while slow-dancing with her during a session.

A week after the Florida Department of Health online dropped the ESO on McGinley’s license on July 11, he proffered a “voluntary relinquishment pending board action.” His current license status: retired. The 55-year-old had been licensed in Florida since December 1999.

The 19-year-old woman lived in Tampa with her family. She began seeing a counselor where her family lived previously after being raped in high school and her first week of college. Upon their move to Florida, she started therapy with McGinley at The Brain Enhancement Institute in Palm Harbor on Feb. 12.

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According to the ESO, McGinley began bringing his personal life into the sessions, telling the woman he was dating a 19-year-old stripper while he went through a divorce.

“Mr. McGinley became flirtatious … during their sessions and would tell her that she was beautiful and ‘hot,’ the ESO states. “Mr. McGinley also told [the woman] that he wanted to take her to expensive restaurants and would sit close to her on the couch, instead of sitting in a separate chair.”

The ESO said McGinley took the woman’s nervousness about a coming date as an opportunity to give her his personal cellphone number to call if she wanted to talk.

By April 2, McGinley began communicating in a personal manner with the woman. He told her he’d like to “hang out” with her but it would cost him his license.

“Mr. McGinley then told [the woman] that she was ‘extremely hot,’ that he had fantasized about her, and that he enjoyed flirting with her,” the ESO said. “Mr. McGinley also began to call [the woman] ‘baby’ and use emojis demonstrating romantic attraction.”

During an April 15 therapy session, McGinley talked his teen patient into slow dancing with him to a song off her phone. The ESO describes what the therapist did with a patient trying to work through the effects of two cases of men taking advantage of her.

“While they were dancing, Mr. McGinley grabbed [the woman’s] waist and pulled her body close to his and began to kiss her. Mr. McGinley then sat down in his office chair and pulled [her] onto his lap, placing her legs around him so that she was straddling him. Mr. McGinley placed his hands under [her] sweater and cupped her breasts in his hands, over her bra. Mr. McGinley grabbed [her] buttocks and placed his hand between her legs, touching her vagina through her pants.

“Mr. McGinley took [her] hand and placed it on his penis, through his pants.”

The receptionist knocked to tell them they’d gone beyond the arranged time. McGinley got his patient to agree to see him outside the office. That night, the ESO says, he talked with her via phone about his personal life and other clients.

After agreeing to an April 18 dinner date at McGinley’s house, the woman began getting texts from McGinley before the night: “We are off to a good start. You are so sexy, honey”; “I would really like to make slow and passionate love to you, baby.”

After April 16 texts from McGinley, the woman called her previous therapist to talk about McGinley. Her father saw her crying on the phone. The therapist told the woman’s parents about McGinley’s behavior.

When McGinley texted her the next morning, the parents answered that he needed to cease communication. That day, the ESO says, McGinley told his receptionist he’d kissed the patient and told the owner of the Brain Enhancement Institute that he kissed his patient while dancing with her.

After the woman’s parents filed a complaint with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, “McGinley admitted to a deputy that he felt his conduct toward … was unethical and a poor decision on his part.”

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3 Responses to MAYBE I’M BEING CRUEL, BUT……..

  1. redneckgeezer says:

    Rape is normally a crime of control, not sex. But, not always. I’ve investigated several rapes in their initial phases. I was a street cop, not a detective, so eventually the case went to someone else if not solved immediately. In the cases which were obviously criminal (i.e. not a false report) the women didn’t deserve a thing that happened to them. Not a single one of them. Given the opportunity, I’d have cut the nuts off each of the offenders in a heartbeat.

    I’ve been involved in dealing with the rape of my older sister as well. She was driving from San Jose, CA, to a little town in Northern California to spend Christmas with my aunt’s family. I was also at my aunt’s home. When she didn’t arrive on time we began to worry and eventually she arrived with torn clothing, many bruises, cuts, scrapes, etc. The whole experience was miserable. From the rape, to reporting with law enforcement, to testifying in court, she was degraded at every turn. She didn’t deserve being gang raped by four men when her car broke down and they arrived to “help.”

    But… I knew my sister. While I never verbalized my thoughts to her, I knew she dressed provocatively, spoke with many sexual innuendos, and flirted with most men she encountered. Her behavior didn’t excuse the sexual assault, but I’ve always wondered if such behavior indicated in some way a bit of consent on her part or gave the men the idea to begin with. Again, her behavior did not give the four men any right to sexually assault her in any way. She fought hard, said no time after time and was raped repeatedly. Same as above, I’d have cut the nuts off all four and stuffed them down their throats if I’d been able.

    To me, it’s like the guy who gets t-boned in an intersection when some yahoo runs a red light. It’s 100% the light runner’s fault, but if the guy going through the intersection on green had even the slightest situational awareness, he could avoid being t-boned by some idiot. Not in every case, but in many.

    It’s hard to correlate the behavior of the animals involved in sexual assault of any kind to that of the victim, but if some of these women had some situational awareness, there might be just the slightest chance they could avoid an assault. Not in all cases, and perhaps not in most cases, but certainly in some.

    The solution is early education and indoctrination of the women to constantly have situational awareness. It won’t prevent every assault anymore than seeing somebody about to hit you when they run a red light, but at least it would give the women an advantage they wouldn’t have otherwise.

  2. bogsidebunny says:

    The therapist forgot that “Doctor-Patient Confidentiality” is a one-way street. I couldn’t find a photo but her personal conduct given her past history speaks volumes.

  3. Eskyman says:

    Redneck, that was a tough story. Your sister did all she could, but was overwhelmed; there’s no shame in that. I share your desire to stuff those miserable SOBs nuts down their throats; did they serve much time? This is the kind of thing that needs an immediate hanging, or a bullet to the head!

    When I started at University, I thought about being a psychologist or psychiatrist; so I majored in Psych with a minor in Sociology. By my 2nd year I was totally convinced that both were complete frauds. Most of the people teaching and/or students in those fields were lost souls, trying to understand what was wrong with them themselves; they almost all had a screw loose. I did learn a lot about how to fudge statistics to “prove” whatever I wanted to, and how to run rats through mazes- hey, that might be handy in Baltimore!

    Point is, I wouldn’t trust any of those “counsellors” or mental health professionals without a lot of enquiry into their practice & their success rates (which is very hard to determine, for very good reasons; they don’t want you to know.)

    Long time ago- and my wife Mary died back in 1993, so it was way before then- our relationship was hitting some rocks. We went to see a marriage counselor; this woman said, “Mary’s right, you’re wrong, you should get divorced because you’re not suited to each other.” Even my wife thought this was a bit drastic, and coming to the counselor was her idea!

    It turned out that the counselor had had three (!) marriages, each had ended in divorce, and when we saw her she was living with another woman! So much for her “expertise,” she was definitely an expert in divorce! So no, I don’t have a lot of faith in these “experts.” YMMV.

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