A new video has been released showing the untold story of the new transgender bathroom policy. Alliance Defending Freedom released the video which seeks to combat the move by the president to have the use of public restrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms be based on gender identity.
The short film shows a side of the story that isn’t being portrayed in the mainstream media –that is, the horrors that can occur when there are open bathroom and locker room policies. A marriage and family counselor, a former YMCA executive, a mother, a mother with adopted children who have been sexually abused, and even a male to female transgendered individual told their story.
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The film opens with Gretchen Flores’ story of abuse at the hands of her swim coach. She pointed out that at that time, males were never allowed into female locker rooms, and the only reason he had permission was because he was the swim coach. Flores earned her masters degree and has since counseled many abuse victims through the pain of their trauma.
Kaeley Triller, former communications director for a Washington State YMCA, was charged with drafting wording for the Y’s new gender neutral position on locker rooms. The task triggered her devastating memories of being abused as a child while showering. Triller refused and was terminated for standing up for her belief that the facilities should remain separated by gender. “This has such devastating implications for people, especially like me … For survivors of sexual trauma, to just turn around and be exposed to that. It’s an instant trigger,” Triller said.
Tiller said it took no time for these bathroom policies to be in place in Washington state, before a man went into the women’s locker room while adolescent girls were getting ready for swim practice, claiming he had a right to be there. “The message that sends really loud and clear to those teenage girls is that that’s OK. And that a grown man can come and watch them shower –and we’re not going to do anything about it because he feels like he’s a female,” Tiller said.
Janine Simon, a sexual abuse survivor, said she has “no doubt” her abuser would have used the gender identity card to gain access to more victims like herself. Simon stated there are already so many children being abused and pedophiles are just “looking for a chance” to gratify their “addiction like no other.”
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“Yet we’ve just created a law that makes it easier for them to access their victims,” Simon said with tears streaming down her face.
A mother of five adopted children, many of whom are sexual abuse survivors, said her children no longer want to use the restroom at school for fear a boy will be in there with her. Now, her daughter is having accidents because she’s fearful of entering the bathroom. All of that pain, the mother said, was because one high student no longer wanted to use the restroom corresponding to the gender of her birth, so the school district implemented a system-wide gender neutral bathroom policy.
Matt Sharp, attorney for ADF, said it boils down to the “right to privacy” that people expect when they enter the restrooms. Sharp said that right is “worth preserving.” He takes umbrage with critics who contend people who oppose the policy “need to be more educated.” Those who disagree with the new policy are often told, “if you don’t think that way, you’re a bigot, you’re hateful of transgender people … That’s not the case at all,” Sharp said, adding, “It’s just students and parents wanting what’s best for their kids.”
Finally, Jaqueline Andrews, a transgendered woman, strongly disagrees with the new bathroom policies. “In a time when so many sexual assaults go unreported, we’re telling them that their boundaries don’t matter … I think it’s time that we care for women and children, that we care for the concerns for women and children, care for the safety of women and children and passing this law is not the way to do it,” Andrews said. Andrews believes a viable solution would be a private bathroom for transgendered individuals, keeping in mind the safety of everyone.
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