Church of England to start inquiry into so-called ‘gay cure’ therapies
9th December 2018

Church of England to start inquiry into so-called ‘gay cure’ therapies which can involve counselling or even ‘corrective rape’

  • Bishops at the Church of England to begin inquiry into gay conversion therapies
  • They will take evidence from people who have gone through so-called treatment
  • The Government pledged to ban the practice earlier this year with its LGBT plan
  • A charity will also begin a survey of conversion therapies in religious groups  

The Church of England will start an inquiry into ‘gay cure’ therapies.

Bishops will take evidence from people who have gone through the so-called ‘treatments’ to turn victims from gay to straight.

The bizarre treatments range from counselling to ‘corrective rape’, where victims are forced to have sex with someone of the opposite gender.

A leading charity will also begin an survey into conversion therapy taking place within religious groups.

 The Government planned to take action in July this year, after a survey of more than 100,000 LGBT people revealed that up to five per cent had been offered a form of the therapy. Its LGBT Action Plan said faith organisations were most likely to carry out the treatments [File photo]

The Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations to stop discrimination, will also launch an online faith and sexuality survey open to UK residents over the age of 16. 

Jayne Ozanne, who is the director of the foundation, went through a form of gay cure therapy herself.

She said: ‘Like many, I voluntarily chose to put myself through various forms of deliverance ministry and emotional healing in order to try and rid myself of my unwanted sexual desires as I believed them to be sinful. 

‘Sadly, this ended with me being hospitalised twice for severe abdominal pain caused by stress and two nervous breakdowns. 

‘If I had understood the dangers I would never have put myself through such emotional and spiritual abuse.’

The bizarre treatments range from counselling to ‘corrective rape’, where victims are forced to have sex with someone of the opposite gender. A leading charity will also begin an survey into conversion therapy taking place within religious groups [File photo]

Bishop Paul Bayes, who is chair of the foundation, said they are concerned the practice is still being used by religious groups. 

He said: ‘Conversion therapy has no place in the modern world, and has been roundly condemned by the Church of England among many others. 

‘Sadly, we already know that all too often it has devastating long term consequences’.

The Government planned to take action in July this year, after a survey of more than 100,000 LGBT people revealed that up to five per cent had been offered a form of the therapy. 


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The Government then launched a 75 point LGBT Action Plan costing £4.5million, and among other pledges, promised to outlaw the therapies. 

Its plan did not offer a definition or say how it was going to be outlawed, but noted the treatments included ‘pseudo-psychological treatments to, in extreme cases, surgical interventions and ‘corrective’ rape’.

The plan also said faith organisations were most likely to carry out the treatments.

Last year the Church of England’s General Synod endorsed a motion saying the practice is ‘unethical, potentially harmful and has no place in the modern world’.

The Church of England’s Second Church Estates Commissioner, Dame Caroline Spelman, also met with ministers to consider outlawing the therapies.  

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