A mother and father in Australia are battling for custody of their child after a court found them “abusive” for refusing to allow their child gender reassignment treatment after police took their child from their home Huh.
The parents, who are appealing the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict, claim that their 15-year-old child did not express any doubts about his gender or showed signs of dysphoria before being evicted from their home. Were.
Meanwhile, she was alerted to the issue only after the medical staff at the Gender Dysphoria Ward of Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) told her that the child had gender identity issues.
“We were very surprised. We didn’t even know about these things,” Albert and Helen told The Epoch Times on September 3. The Epoch Times has agreed to give parents pseudonyms to protect themselves, their child and those involved in the case.
From the facts of the case it is understood that this is the first time in Australia where the state has taken a minor away from their parents, despite they disagree with the child’s self-defined gender identity.
Albert and Helen have not seen or spoken to their child for almost two years.
He said he thought it was absurd that the child “needed protection” from the imaginary harm they could cause and described how the police removed their child from their home without the parents’ explicit permission. .
Recalling the night, Helen said that the whole family was together for a meeting, and that their child was in their bedroom when they heard a knock on the door.
“I was amazed to see the police in front of my door,” Helen said.
The parents, who had no previous criminal record, said they were completely shocked and thought their child was in trouble when the police asked them to speak.
Albert said that shortly after, two male police officers broke into the family home and said they needed to talk to the child outside. But, instead, they proceeded to take the child to a police vehicle with tinted windows.
Albert said he requested police to explain what was happening, at which point officers gave no details, saying only that they were going to Perth Children’s Hospital.
“I tried looking through the dark window to see my child, and I tried to talk to them, but they wouldn’t open. So they just left. “
“They took my child away,” he said.
“At the time, I thought it was a kidnapping. I thought, ‘Wow, this can’t be. Have these people just kidnapped my child? Are they really the cops?’ I thought they were men disguised as policemen.”
Albert said that he and his wife tried to follow the vehicle, but they could not keep up with them.
“So we just went to the hospital, and luckily they were there,” he said.
Helen explained that despite begging to see her child at the hospital, the PCH staff refused and did not explain why the child was taken there.
The next day, Albert is told that her child has been taken to the Gender Diversity Service in the mental health ward of PCH, which specializes in children dealing with “gender identity, gender nonconforming behavior or gender dysphoria.”
Albert said that nurses and psychologists in the ward told him that their child would now be identified as a boy and that the mention of suicide required immediate gender change action. Mental health ward staff also refused to allow the child to see an independent psychologist to confirm their diagnosis.
He said that later when the PCH contacted the child’s former psychologist, the psychologist said that gender diversity was not brought to the fore in the conversation.
To date, Albert and Helen said they still haven’t been given the opportunity to provide their child with an independent assessment.
In addition, the father said he was immediately prompted by a psychiatrist at PCH’s Gender Diversity Service to give consent to allow hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery.
“They wanted us, then and there, to approve and start treatment—testosterone, cutting [their] Breast off… that’s what they wanted us to approve for,” he said.
Albert and Helen also alleged that they were “forced” to sign off on treatment because of the mention of suicide, and were asked whether they would “rather have a dead daughter or a living son.”
Holding back tears, he explained that he is no longer allowed to talk with his child, even on the child’s birthday, while the child remains in the hospital. He said that he only wanted to give love and support to his child.
“We absolutely want to do the best for our kids. We guys love her. We want to tell her we love her — but that’s considered abuse, too.”
Albert and Helen also believe that they were targeted for their religious beliefs, which they said were used against them. He also noted that he constantly felt cramped.
“One of the hardest things for me is that they tell you ‘You’re this bad parent,'” Helen said. “That ‘You are abusive,’ ‘You are not a good parent to your child.’ Even if you know you have done everything for that child.”
The Epoch Times contacted the Western Australian Department of Child Protection and PCH to confirm the parents’ allegations, and whether the action taken in the matter was in accordance with their protocol, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
taken by surprise
Albert and Helen claim that their teenage child had never raised gender identity issues before and they only found out after their child was taken to a hospital by Western Australia (WA) police.
Albert, an engineer, and Helen, a university lecturer, stated that their child was an ordinary, rebellious teenager, academically bright and highly skilled in the arts.
Helen, who had homeschooled all of the couple’s children, explained that, after her older siblings became the center of attention when they went to university, her child felt like an only child.
“We spent a lot of time together,” Helen said. “[They] We’d just come and hug me, we’d talk, and we were very open.”
Helen explained that her child was feeling depressed after leaving the country when they were just 13, leaving them without many friends and that they had opted to switch from homeschooling to regular schooling, hopefully. This will help them form new friendships.
The parents also said that they had taken their child to a private psychologist to provide additional support.
online grooming charges
Albert and Helen believe it all started when their baby uploaded pictures to websites, which attracted attention and messages from strangers online, who they allege gave their baby a new gender. Used aesthetic techniques to encourage the detection of identity.
According to the parents, their child began drawing Japanese-style cartoons, and later drawing human-like animals, which they now know as “cute art”.
However, the family alleges that online messages from strangers gradually turned into conversations that separated the child from their parents.
“At first, it was very subtly sowing the seeds of, ‘Do you feel isolated from your family, because they can’t find you?'” the parent said.
The parent then noted that it escalated into comments, such as “Your parents are torturing you,” “You’re safe to talk with us,” “You’re ripe for your age,” And that he often said “safe”. Conversation.”
Online strangers used phrases like: “You’re not safe out there. It’s always a safe place to talk to us. Your parents don’t take you, your siblings don’t take you, but it’s a safe place, you can talk to us about anything. were safe.'”
The parents alleged that these individuals suggested that the child was a “victim of society” and that “society boxed women.” He explained that the messages encouraged and confirmed the child when he began to express doubts in his gender identity.
A lawyer representing the family also said it was shocking to find that their client’s child had been taught how to receive a “T” – hormonal testosterone therapy – without their parents’ knowledge. But most worryingly, the child was told how they could transmit the infection without their parent’s approval.
This reportedly included directly saying that if they felt suicidal and mentioning “suicide” to a teacher or friend online, “the police will protect you from your abusive family.”
not alone in experience
Albert and Helen are not alone in their experience. A spokesman for the Australian branch of the Parents for Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) group told The Epoch Times on 12 September that they have been contacted by around 100 families facing a similar situation.
A spokesman for the group said Albert and Helen’s situation was almost identical to that of many families across Australia.
“When you start talking to them, it’s scary how similar they are,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson explained that every parent who reached out to the organization internationally said they were presented with an emphatic ultimatum at some point: “Will you have a dead son or a living daughter,” or vice versa—unless Quite the contrary—they immediately confirmed their child’s newly chosen gender identity.
“They are all talented artists; Most of them have been bullied in school. Most of them have suffered some sort of personal trauma. They are the ones who have trouble getting fit. “
The spokesperson said that nearly all of the kids drew “anime”—Japanese-style cartoon characters—and joined online discussions with strangers on websites such as DeviantArt, Reddit, Instagram, Tumblr, Discord, TikTok, and others.
He said many children were also influenced by online media, including watching adult YouTube video makers who provided updates on the progress of their gender transition.
But it wasn’t just the online environment that was an issue. The spokesperson also said that the impact of teaching and encouraging children to explore their gender identity exists beyond the Internet and was prevalent in Australia’s education system.
Specifically, he said “Minus 18” was one of several online organizations whose resources are regularly used as part of sexuality education in both public and private schools and issues of gender diversity in high schools. To teach and promote.
According to their website, Minus18 is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to create a discrimination-free Australia for all LGBTQIA+ youth. He believes his work provides youth in the LGBTQIA+ community with a sense of belonging and inclusion, which he says aids with integration into society and benefits mental well-being.
“Minus18 provides a range of support services to LGBTQIA+ young people across Australia, employing youth activists to ensure our programs are age-appropriate. We work hard to build strong relationships between young people and their families, and advise parents to have open conversations with their children about sexuality and gender,” said Micah Scott, CEO of Minus18 , told The Epoch Times via email.
However, a ROGD spokesperson said that some of the material the organization taught to children was disturbing.
They noted that Minus18’s lesson on “how to play with their gender expression” included teaching young teenage boys how to “tuck” their genitals to appear more feminine and girls how to make their breasts appear more masculine. Explain how to “force” to appear.
ROGD spokespersons were also concerned that Minus18 was teaching kids how to hide their browser history from parents, such as when they tried to meet other LGBTQIA+ members without the parent’s knowledge. children may be separated from their parents.
This was explained to the children in an article titled “Cover Your Tracks”, which was later removed from their website, but which The Epoch Times was able to access using an Internet archive.
“Ensuring that no one sees what you’re looking for online when you’re not out is an important thing. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone say your last Google search for “gay teen Melbourne” for, am I right? Minus 18 says in the article.
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