A middle-aged woman of two girls told the press that she felt the need to leave the Brighton UK-based "Survivors' Network" after a six-foot-tall self-identified "trans female" started showing up to session in male clothing.
"She was over 6ft tall, had a deep voice, wore casual trousers and a sweatshirt and had no obvious female attributes," she commented, citing fears over potential actions by trans activists.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman is using the name "Sarah" for these purposes, as she wishes to remain anonymous.
"I've no idea why she was there, My paranoid side makes me think they were there for voyeuristic reasons. My rational side thinks they were probably there because they need help."
Sarah claims that things were much better during the first five sessions, during which there were only biological women present:
"Some women had been abused as children so obviously we had that shared experience of being a girl and abused by a man,"
"We talked a lot about male entitlement, about how men feel entitled to women's bodies. Quite often we just said how we didn't trust men and it felt like a safe space to say that."
But, Sarah continues, on the sixth session she attended, the new trans individual showed up, and the group dynamic changed drastically:
"It felt like the priority of the group was not to talk about male entitlement any more or our shared experiences, but about making sure this person who was born male felt comfortable."
"No matter how much a man says they're a woman, they're still born male."
Sarah then iterated her concerns for other women who may be affected by the same thing, including concerns for future generations:
"I completely support trans people's right to live how they want to live, but in practice women who have been raped are being left to get on with it on their own because of the approach these groups are now taking to please trans activists."
"The reason I am speaking out is that I have a daughter and if something like this happened to her, I want her to be able to go to a female-only group if that's what she wants."