Nonbinary TikToker Jeffrey Marsh is under fire for purportedly setting up a Patreon to speak one-on-one with young people experiencing body dysmorphia. In the video below, Marsh tells viewers that their parents "screwed up" and that he made a Patreon account for people to speak privately with him. However, it's important to note that he doesn't specifically address children in this clip.
This is not to say Marsh isn't targeting kids, though. The TikToker has kicked off many of his videos with, "Hey, kids!" Luckily, Patreon subscriptions require a credit card, which is something not too many minors have access to. His Patreon explicitly states that it's intended for those 18 and older.
In the TikToks where Marsh blatantly says he wants to speak to kids, he tells parents to watch the videos first. For the most part, the influencer is careful in his wording and how he presents himself on his social media profiles. His content still raises red flags (for me, at least), and I'll explain why in this article.
Why Jeffrey Marsh's Videos Raise Some Concerns
According to Influencer Marketing Hub, nearly 30% of those aged 13 to 17 use TikTok – but keep in mind the platform has one billion users per month, so there's no way to tell exactly how many kids are stumbling upon Marsh's content. While he does address parents in the videos he makes for children, realistically speaking, most minors aren't being supervised when they're on their phones. If I had to guess, most of the inappropriate content children view on their devices these days largely goes undetected by parents.
This poses a risk to impressionable kids since Marsh often teaches his viewers how to go "no contact" with their family members, a tactic often used by abusers. "When you start thinking about going no contact, I want to encourage you and say something you may not have heard before. You're going to love it," he claims.
As stated on the National Center for Victims of Crime's website, a perpetrator "may offer the victims special attention, understanding and a sympathetic ear, and then engage the child in ways that eventually gain their friendship and trust." They appear to be the only one who can understand a child's needs. Sometimes, they'll separate a child from others to be alone with them. They may also reinforce the illusion of a special and safe connection via private communication.
Considering the fact that Marsh is active on TikTok with over half a million followers, parents need to be aware of his presence. Kids are endlessly scrolling through the platform, absorbing agendas and information without thought. They're easily influenced and misled. Even if they were experiencing body dysmorphia or had abusive parents, Marsh may not be the best person to reach out to.
Marsh is a self-proclaimed "breakthrough and gender counseling coach." As far as I'm concerned, he doesn't seem to be a licensed professional. Maybe I'm paranoid, but in watching Marsh's videos, I can't help but sense the creepy undertones. They feel cryptic, secretive, and suspicious. It's one thing to tell children to feel comfortable in their own skin and to love themselves. It's another to slowly brainwash them into going no-contact with their parents.
Evie Magazine has contacted Marsh for questions, but we've not heard back from him.
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