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UK Reporter Patrick Strudwick Declares War On "Ex-Gay" Industry

UK-based reporter Patrick Strudwick, whose "ex-gay" undercover investigation was mentioned here last week, has now launched a campaign to expose and end the damaging tactics of the evil reparative therapy industry. Strudwick's group is called the Stop Conversion Therapy Taskforce (SCOTT). Facebook page here. Their first target will be an "ex-gay" conference in Northern Ireland, but that's just the beginning.
The work of SCOTT will therefore not stop at disrupting conferences. We want professional bodies such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy to add into their code of conduct specific stipulations condemning attempts to alter orientation (currently they have more general ones about not letting personal feelings about sexuality affect treatment). We will also continue to expose individual therapists and report them to their professional bodies. It won't be easy. Many operate using euphemisms that cloud what they're really doing. They also defend their techniques vehemently, claiming: "We offer choice! We only treat those who come looking for it!" It's like a Venus flytrap blaming the hungry insect that wanders into its gaping mouth. But we are determined to root them out however long it takes. This won't be a battle. It's war.
Hopefully Wayne Besen at Truth Wins Out, who has pioneered this battle in America, can lend Strudwick his expertise.

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