Under fire from criticism since the end of August following reports accusing it of practicing conversion therapy, the evangelical association Torrents de Vie was subjected to an independent internal investigation. According to the CNEF, the verdict of this investigation indicates that the crime known as “therapy of
An email sent to members of the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) and affiliated churches, to which we had access, reveals the results of the independent investigation carried out within the evangelical association Torrents de Vie.
No conversion therapy offense
The conclusions of this investigation, carried out "under the supervision of a lawyer, by two independent professionals", indicate "that the offense listed in article 225-4-13 of the Penal Code, known as 'therapy of
The email also indicates that the CNEF Representative Committee "expressed to the Torrents de Vie association
Last September, the communications director of the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF), Romain Choisnet, announced the decision of the CNEF Office to “trigger an independent internal investigation” following "recent reports concerning the Torrents de Vie association" which is a member of the evangelical organization.
As a reminder, on August 30, 2023, a report of a few minutes entitled "'CONVERSION THERAPIES': AT THE HEART OF A SEMINAR ORGANIZED THIS SUMMER IN FRANCE DESPITE THE BAN" was broadcast on BFMTV. A journalist from the channel had infiltrated with a hidden camera a seminar of the association organized in the south of France which proposed to "restore the relational and sexual identity" of the participants.
A report which had placed the organization under fire from criticism, in particular reacting to the Minister Delegate in charge of Equality between women and men and the fight against discrimination, Bérengère Couillard. The latter then declared that it “strongly” condemned these “intolerable” practices and requested that the Public Prosecutor be contacted to investigate the actions of Torrents de Vie.
Faced with such an “important” and “sensitive” subject, the CNEF plans to publish a practical booklet “on the subject of pastoral support for sexual minorities to help those responsible for evangelical Protestant Churches face the challenges facing them” .
In January 2022, the evangelical body published a statement in which she reaffirmed “her commitment to the protection of people and her opposition to all forms of abuse, particularly those committed against people questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity”.
Camille Westphal Perrier