Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire County Board is researching a way to regulate conversion therapy in Wisconsin.
Conversion therapy is defined as psychiatric therapy meant to change a person’s sexual orientation.
The Eau Claire County Corporation Counsel said the board has no authority over regulating the therapy. Instead, members plan to draft a resolution to pressure state legislation into regulating the practice.
"We’re very limited with what we can do to stop, what I would view as a very barbaric act of trying to, through cruel means, convert someone’s sexual identity," Wilkie told News 18.
The American Psychological Association found people who went through conversion therapy faced almost nine times the rates of suicide ideation.
Wilkie said he’s optimistic there will be a resolution for the county board to vote on in September, but the details are still being drafted.