To investigate the charitable status of Core Issues Trust
  • Petitioned The Northern Ireland Charities Commission

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The Northern Ireland Charities Commission

To investigate the charitable status of Core Issues Trust

    1. John O'Doherty
    2. Petition by

      John O'Doherty

      Donaghcloney, United Kingdom

We the undersigned call on The Charities Commission for Northern Ireland and HMRC to remove Core Issues Trusts’ charitable status, as this organisation does not meet the requirements of the Charities Act (NI) 2008 which requires all charities to have aims which are, demonstrably, for the public benefit. As Core Issues Trust promotes and delivers the practise of ‘Reparative/Conversion Therapy’ which is internationally condemned as dangerous, we believe that this organisations practice does not meet the requirement mentioned above.

On 1998-DEC-14, the American Psychiatric Association rejected reparative therapy as ineffective and potentially destructive. 1, 2 Their Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a position statement opposing reparative therapy. APA President, Rodrigo Munoz, commented: "It is fitting that this position opposing reparative therapy is adopted on the 25th anniversary of the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM [in 1973] There is no scientific evidence that reparative or conversion therapy is effective in changing a person's sexual orientation. There is, however, evidence that this type of therapy can be destructive."

The APA statement said, in part:
"The potential risks of 'reparative therapy' are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient."
"Many patients who have undergone 'reparative therapy' relate that they were inaccurately told that homosexuals are lonely, unhappy individuals who never achieve acceptance or satisfaction."
"The possibility that the person might achieve happiness and satisfying interpersonal relationships as a gay man or lesbian is not presented, nor are alternative approaches to dealing with the effects of societal stigmatization discussed."
"Therefore, the American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as 'reparative' or 'conversion' therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon a prior assumption that the patient should change his/her homosexual orientation. The American Psychiatric Association recognizes that in the course of ongoing psychiatric treatment, there may be appropriate clinical indications for attempting to change sexual behaviors."

1. M.S. Katz, "American Psychiatric Association rebukes reparative therapy," APA, 1998-DEC-14. Text and news release on line at: http://www.psych.org/news_stand/rep_therapy.html
2. “Position Statement: Psychiatric Treatment and Sexual Orientation” American Psychiatric Association, 1998

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    • Adam Meakin MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing the petition because I am of the following opinion:

      1. Homosexuality is not considered a mental disorder by either the APA or BPS (amongst others), and it is not in DSM-IV or the ICD-10 criteria and therefore cannot be considered an illness or disorder to be legitimately "treated" by any organisation or therapist.

      2. There is no scientific evidence or basis that reparative or conversion therapy is effective at helping a person, or changing a person's orientation. It is therefore false and misleading at its best, and harmful and dangerous to people at its worst.

      3. The practice of providing "treatment" for "homosexuality" or "same sex attraction" brings the whole practice of psychotherapy and psychiatry into disrepute, as well as causing potential psychological harm to its participants. This practice therefore has a wider negative impact on the psychiatric and psychotherapy profession generally.

      4. By allowing organisations such as Core issues to provide reparation or conversion therapy under the guise of a "charitable" status, gives false credence and esteem to a practice which can be harmful and negligent to people.

      5. It is a shameful day when an organisation can successfully use public money to target and label any social minority as "disordered" or "mentally ill". It is also shameful that it can then define its own version of what that "treatment" should be, whilst operating as though it were a charity. What are the limits to this non evidence based treatment they provide? What ethical guidelines are followed if those already set out are simply ignored and flouted? This is a dangerous road to travel down considering the precedents already established in mankinds history of one political group discriminating against another group of people under the guise of "treatment".

      6. There is a danger that by allowing organisations such as Core Issues to continue to practice reparative/conversion therapies, it will be motivated to develop more extreme and harmful "therapies"over time as reparative and conversion therapies inevitably fail. This may lead to further harm and possible abuse of potentially vulnerable people.

      7. The limits to treatment cannot be defined by these organisations as they are not guided by evidence based research or protocol, and they are already in breach of well established ethical codes of conduct which have already been thoroughly debated and considered by established psychotherapy organisations and committees (e.g. they are in direct breach of the BACP and UKCP ethical guidelines).

      Considering the points above, allowing Core Issues is operate under "Charitable Status" is to support prejudice and discrimination of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It is allow this organisation to continue to deceive people, by allowing them to use the guise of being a "Charity" to pretend as though it is providing a legitimate treatment, when in fact it actually seeks to impose a religious belief system that has nothing to do with genuine psychotherapy treatment. There is a clear distinction between trying "to make gay and bisexual people become heterosexual because I believe it's same sex attraction is a sin" (imposition of a religious belief system) and providing psychological therapy for an accepted mental health problem (psychotherapy practice). I would argue that Core Issues cannot be a charity because it does not use psychotherapy in a charitable manner to help people with mental health problems. Instead it uses some psychological techniques, which it falsely describes as psychotherapy, to present or impose a political and religious point of view onto people who may be vulnerable and experiencing distress at difficult points in their lives. This organisation has chosen to target people from a minority whose sexual orientation it does not agree with. It therefore cannot act with integrity as a charity.

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      • over 2 years ago

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    • Fidelma Carolan BANBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Lesbians and gay people cause themselves harm because of what they think of themselves based on what they believe those around them think of them - family, friends, teachers, their church and society more generally. This organisation fuels that negativity.

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    • Brian Redpath BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Core Issues Trusts’ charitable status, as this organisation does not meet the requirements of the Charities Act (NI) 2008 which requires all charities to have aims which are, demonstrably, for the public benefit. As Core Issues Trust promotes and delivers the practise of ‘Reparative/Conversion Therapy’ which is internationally condemned as dangerous, we believe that this organisations practice does not meet the requirement mentioned above.

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    • Gráinne Tobin NEWCASTLE CO DOWN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      It is obvious to me (I am a retired teacher) that gay people are gay from early in life and that this is not any kind of disease or 'lifestyle choice' that needs changing. Outrageous that this organisation is getting public subsidy for torturing them, however unwittingly. Let's not subsidise ignorance and prejudice.

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