- - Thursday, April 14, 2016

The progressive push for gender-neutral bathrooms and locker rooms has opened up a “Pandora’s Box” of peril for women and young girls.

Bathrooms and locker rooms once provided females with privacy from the outside world, serving as physical and emotional safe spaces for them to undress, shower and use the facilities.

However, as the liberal charge for legal change continues, women and girls have been left afraid, looking over their shoulders in places they once felt welcome to move around freely.

So far, 18 states, 200 cities and the District of Columbia have passed gender-neutral ‘bathroom laws’ allowing people to choose lavatories based on their “gender identity” instead of their biological sex.

These laws not only defy common sense, but they are outright dangerous for women and little girls, putting them at greater risk of being filmed undressed, being sexually assaulted or even being raped.

Kaeley Triller, a rape survivor, echoed this concern held by millions of Americans saying, “there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children.”

Clearly, genuine transgender people are not the issue here.

Rather, the concern lies in the ambiguities created by ‘bathroom laws” that could result in horrific consequences for women and children at the hands of sexual predators.

Under many gender-neutral ‘bathroom laws,’ a man who is not actually a transgender can claim to identify as a female and access a ladies bathroom or locker room.

In fact, even worse has already happened in Seattle, where a man who did not even make an effort to disguise himself as a transgender entered a women’s locker room and began to undress.

When women in the room tried to kick him out, he responded by saying, “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

The man was not punished and again entered the locker room later that day while little girls were changing for swim practice.

Obviously, the consequences of these laws, as shown by this man’s action in Seattle, are ridiculous and unacceptable.

Common sense gender-specific restroom and locker facilities were put in place for a reason.

We cannot sacrifice the safety, privacy and dignity of our nation’s women and girls for a politically correct push for hastily constructed laws.

The true predators will only be heard about when it is too late.

We cannot afford to wait until irreparable damage is done to an innocent victim to realize that these ambiguities must be eliminated and these gender-neutral ‘bathroom laws’ laws must be changed.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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