CPS’s proposed revision undermines informed consent

A public consultation by the CPS on a proposed revision to its legal guidance on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO), Chapter 6: Consent, the section on Deception as to Gender closed on 18 December.

The stated aim of the guidance is to provide ‘predictability, transparency and consistency of decision making across the CPS’.

It is our view, however, that by conflating ‘sex’ and ‘gender identity’ and through the use of confused ideological language throughout, the guidance has the effect of promoting sex by deception and undermines the concept of informed consent. Continue reading “CPS’s proposed revision undermines informed consent”

Letter to Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services

Dear Minister

We write to draw your attention to the group litigation being prepared by families of children and young people treated at the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman Trust.

This follows the failings highlighted in the interim Cass report and the subsequent decision to close GIDS.

Gender distressed children and young people from Wales have been referred to GIDS. They will have been subject to these same failings.

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Open letter: Conversion therapy and gender identity

Sent to First Minister Mark Drakeford on behalf of Merched Cymru and Women’s Rights Network (Wales)

Dear First Minister

We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding Welsh Government’s intention to promote a ban on ‘conversion therapy’ in relation to gender identity.

While we wholeheartedly endorse the UK government’s proposed legislation to ban conversion therapy for sexual orientation, the addition of gender identity (an undefined and unverifiable concept) will not protect children and young people experiencing gender-related distress, and could expose them to serious harm. Continue reading “Open letter: Conversion therapy and gender identity”