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Authorities revoke Rudzitis’ psychotherapist certificate for scandalous statements

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring an emergency meeting this Wednesday, December 3rd, Latvian Association of Psychotherapists discussed the matter related to the behaviour and scandalous statements voiced by one of its members, Viesturs Rudzitis, in the blog titled ‘Has mankind invented anything better than violence?’ It has been decided to exclude him from the organization.

The Board of the association has decided to exclude Rudzitis from the Latvian Association of Psychotherapists and revoke his certificate, as reported by the organization.

LPB especially notes that Rudzitis’ public statements go against professional ethics of psychotherapists. It is also noted that Rudzitis’ written work and public statements create a distorted and false impression about the practice of psychotherapy.

The association expresses sadness that its long-term member Rudzitis tried to show violence against women in a positive light and attempted to justify violence using his own opinion system.

«Physical violence against anyone: men, women and children is unacceptable in a modern society government by laws and regulations. Even violence against animals is not something that can be accepted by modern society. Although our society has gone a long way to make violence something that is socially unacceptable, five women in Latvia have been killed as a result of domestic violence this year. Countless others have been hurt in one way or another. Tolerance toward violence in our country is shown by the fact that women in Latvia seldom report that they experience violence. Our country’s legislation has experienced serious changes this year. Major amendments have been applied to laws regarding temporary protection of victims of violence. This is meant to teach society that people must take responsibility for their actions,» – as noted by the psychotherapists association.

The association adds that violence against women in any form is recognized as a serious crime in Latvia. Motives and different circumstances do not make crimes of this kind acceptable in any way.

A therapist that expresses views that go against established anti-violence rules and sympathizes with motives of the perpetrator, no matter what they may be, can do serious damage to the psyche of his patient, especially if the patient suffers/suffered from violence. This can increase a victim’s sense of guilt or shame about what happened to him or her. It can also discourage the patient from turning to the police in the event of an emergency. This is why the association urges patients who have experienced working with psychotherapists of this kind to report them to the Ethics Committee.

There are no conditions that would allow or justify psychological, physical or sexual violence. Violence against women leaves a long-lasting impact on the life of the woman and the child who witnessed the act of violence. Violence experienced at an early age affects all aspects of life and causes serious health problems, as noted by the association.

Rudzitis wrote in his blog: «[…] if the wife does not look at her husband, she opposes her long-term interests – she does not gain the borders within which she can weave her comfort zone in a home. With lost borders she loses the sense of security. She believes she has gained freedom and that no one can limit her. But she cannot take a lot of freedom if she owns everything and nothing. She has escaped something (often not even knowing it) and has ended up in some “emancipated” woman’s reality. She no longer has the ability to see if there had ever been any alternatives. Should she feel happy? Has she truly achieved something? Is there anything to feel accomplished for?

How did the average Latvian (Russian, German, Hebrew…) man react to the fact that his wife no longer looks at him one hundred, two hundred or three hundred years ago? First of all, such behaviour by women was not even possible in some of the aforementioned cultures. If, however, such a thing happened, the husband would hit, shout, verbally humiliate or even rape his wife. This kind of action would have been considered as knocking some sense into her. Violence was often used to teach a hard lesson that a woman’s true happiness is her husband and living in his frame. This is something we, educated by the Bible that a man is a woman’s head, should have no doubts about. And that’s that. The wife, finally having knocked some sense into her, would welcome her husband with open arms, hot dinner and would help him take off his coat after a hard day’s work.»

«Yes, this is a good question for feminists – what to do instead? How to make sure a woman becomes an exemplary mother, wife and woman? How would you neutralize her Uterus and Goddess and make sure this does not hinder a woman’s path towards the Woman? If feminists say A, they should follow up that A with a B. Has mankind invented something better than violence?» Rudzitis wrote in his blog.


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