Trans charity’s ‘irresponsible’ online forum has major backup issues

Vulnerable, gender-confused children are sharing their personal details in online chat groups hosted by controversial trans activist group, Mermaids.

The Times revealed that the group’s moderators allow young users to share advice and personal information on its online youth forum.

Its website recommends young people use “an email address that their primary carers don’t have access to.”

secret communication

According to its own code of conduct, personal contact information should not be shared, however, the newspaper revealed that users had managed to exchange details without moderators intervening.

A mother only discovered her 14-year-old autistic son was communicating on the forum after finding sexually explicit images on his phone.

She said: ‘It was after I found all the emails from the mermaids in her inbox, with the links to all those threads.’

The private forum is for 12-19 year olds. It does not allow parents or guardians to participate and no ID or proof of age is required.

“Extremely irresponsible”

Stephanie Davies-Arai, director of pro-parenting group Transgender Trend, said: “Essentially, it’s about providing a space for children where the blind lead the blind.

“These children are not qualified to help other children with emotional and psychological problems. It is extremely irresponsible.

In a statement, Mermaids claimed to be the victim of a “smear campaign”.

Investigations

On Monday, Mermaids administrator Jacob Breslow resigned after his involvement with an organization that promotes pedophilia came to light.

Last week the Charity Commission launched an investigation into the activities of Mermaids. This followed revelations that the group had sent breast binders to girls as young as 13 without the knowledge of their parents.

Mermaids receives taxpayer money, National Lottery grants and revenue from training sessions at various government bodies and has been endorsed by celebrities such as Emma Watson and Prince Harry.