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In my opinion, Mermaids is run by single minded fanatics; thus, they should not be receiving government/taxpayer money, let alone being an official charity. Because they are fanatics and groomers, Mermaids should not have any influence over schools or medical doctors. Take away their funds and influence. Run them out business.

Trans charity Mermaids to be investigated by Charity Commission

‘Regulatory compliance case’ opened after concerns raised about organisation’s ‘approach to safeguarding young people’

By Hayley Dixon, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT 29 September 2022 • 4:09pm

Mermaids is being investigated by the Charity Commission after The Telegraph revealed “red flags” in its dealings with children.

The regulator said it had opened a “regulatory compliance case” after concerns were raised about the trans charity’s “approach to safeguarding young people”.

The charity has been sending potentially dangerous breast binding devices to children behind their parents’ backs and discussing with them how puberty blocking drugs are “totally reversible”.

Mermaids, which receives funding from the taxpayer and runs training sessions for schools, the NHS and police forces, has been contacted by the regulator.

A spokesman for the commission said: “Concerns have been raised with us about Mermaids’ approach to safeguarding young people. We have opened a regulatory compliance case and have written to the trustees. We now await their reply.”

It came after evidence obtained by The Telegraph showed Mermaids staff agreeing to send a breast binder discreetly to a girl they believed was only 14 after being told repeatedly that her mother would not allow her to use one.

The free binder scheme, which has been running since at least 2019, has seen staff offering the chest-flattening devices to children as young as 13.

A form of ‘self-harm’

Chest binding has been described as a form of “self-harm” because it can cause problems including breathing difficulties, chronic back pain, changes to the spine and broken ribs.

The Metropolitan Police said that whilst “the supply of a breast-binder on its own is not a criminal offence” it would “investigate jointly with social services as potential child abuse” any report of “someone using a breast binder or undergoing the practice of breast ironing.”

It was also revealed that the Mermaids online help centre has been offering advice to users who say that they are as young as 13 that controversial hormone-blocking drugs are safe and “totally reversible”.

In the last month, there were discussions in the charity’s moderated forum for 12 to 15-year-olds on how to raise money to start taking drugs and the best way to take testosterone.

A moderator also publicly congratulated a teenage user for deciding that they were transgender by the age of 13 and deciding that they wanted drugs and “all the surgeries”.

Mothers have said they are “horrified by what young adolescents are exposed to behind their parents’ backs”.

In a previous complaint to the commission, one parent said she was “hugely concerned that conversations with homophobic content” made her son believe being gay was “unacceptable” and “rushed” him into believing he needed to be “medically transitioned”.

The Charity Commission said it was assessing the allegations on Monday and has now confirmed that it has opened a case. This is not a finding of wrongdoing, but is the first step the commission can take in examining potential wrongdoing.

‘A harm reduction position’

Mermaids did not comment on the details of the investigation. In recent years, it has received more than £20,000 in taxpayers’ money from grants and more than £500,000 from the National Lottery.

The organisation’s latest accounts say it has provided sessions for the police, NHS children’s mental health service, hospital trusts, charities and fostering agencies.

The accounts say it gave 59 training sessions at schools, and that participants of other sessions have included GPs, educational psychologists, therapists and paediatric nurses.

In a statement setting out its position on binders after being approached by The Telegraph, Mermaids said it took “a harm reduction position” that providing a binder with safety instructions was better than people using other “unsafe practices” or experiencing dysphoria.

Despite growing evidence about the dangers of puberty-blockers, Mermaids maintained that they “are an internationally recognised, safe, reversible, healthcare option which have been recommended by medical authorities in the UK and internationally for decades”.

[–] Hera 26 points

Omg yes. Yes. The sooner they stop killing and grooming gay kids the better.

Haaaahahaha, holy fuck! What a bright spot in my day!

This was as good as Donald Trump getting the special master, and it coming back to bite him in the ass. At least for a little while.

[–] Riothamus scrote 12 points

This "charity" was founded by a woman who flew her son to Thailand to castrate him on his 16th birthday.

[–] Tallicz 1 points Edited

After starting him on cross-sex hormones aged 8. Openly admits to transing the gay away. Her Ted talk where she boasts about mutilating her own child is nauseating.

[–] Lipsy i/just/can't 17 points Edited

Bwaaahahaha.

Does the Charity Commission have a direct line to ovarit? It's almost like they read this comment and were like, "Yo, sis, we're on that"

500k in taxpayer dollars supporting this shit. My god. This is wonderful news!

It's . . . SCHADENFREUDE! Making the world a better place to BEEEE!!!!

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