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Conversion therapy program Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), which claims that "being gay is a mental disorder that could be reversed with therapy," faces a consumer fraud lawsuit contending that therapists made false promises to turn gay teens straight. The suit also states that JONAH therapy — which can cost up to $10,000 a year — put gay teens at risk of "depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior."
"This is the first time that plaintiffs have sought to hold conversion therapists liable in a court of law," said Samuel Wolfe, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center. "We really want to this lawsuit to bring attention to this practice that takes place in many parts of the country, preying on vulnerable young people."
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"His parents treated me like I was one of their own. They treated everyone like their own children no matter who it was," said Jacob Swindle, a close friend of the Kuljian family. Howard Kuljian, his wife Mary Scott and son, Gregory "Geddie" Kuljian were all engulfed by 8- to 10-foot waves that swept the Big Lagoon state beach in Calif., on Saturday. After trying to save their dog, the two parents' bodies were later recovered, but the 16-year-old boy remains missing.
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