I suggested to Letourneau that talk of sexual reconditioning strongly echoes the tactics of gay conversion therapy, a harmful and wholly unsuccessful pseudoscience, and she was quick to distance herself. Adam is now 20 his name, like those of other young men in this article, has been changed. She blinked at him for a moment and then asked him to repeat himself. Outside the car, locals chatted among themselves while herding frisky Labradors and Weimaraners into the backs of jeeps; two kids roughhoused in the dirt next to us until their father asked them to stop. In the beginning they were all pretty fragile, wrestling with this dark secret and what it meant for their futures.