The policies largely have been pushed by transgender activists and their allies.
We have written many times about how letting men enter women’s restrooms — and vice versa — violates privacy and puts women and children at risk. Now the federal government has opened an investigation into whether or not a kindergartner in Georgia was sexually assaulted because of one of these policies.
Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom write,
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has announced that it will investigate a complaint that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, along with a local family law attorney, filed against the City Schools of Decatur on behalf of a kindergartener who was sexually assaulted in her school bathroom. The complaint explains that the school’s new transgender restroom policy opened the door to the assault of a 5-year-old female student by a boy in the girls’ restroom at her elementary school.
The Federalist reports a boy who identifies as “gender fluid” allegedly assaulted the girl after he was allowed to enter the girls’ restroom at school due to a district-wide policy allowing students to use whatever bathroom they feel is “correct.”
The Obama Administration tried to coerce public schools into adopting policies letting boys enter girls’ locker rooms and restrooms at school, but the Trump Administration has issued new guidelines effectively saying bathroom policies are up to state and local officials.
All of this underscores the need for state legislation protecting the privacy and safety of women and girls.
A conservative group in Massachusetts has collected enough certified signatures potentially to overturn a state law letting men in women’s restrooms and vice versa. The issue will appear on the ballot in Massachusetts this November.
This marks the first time voters at a statewide election will be asked to weigh in on whether or not men should be able to enter and use women’s showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and similar facilities.
Watch the video below to learn more.
This week the Arkansas Legislature moved forward with plans to look at two key pieces of legislation between now and 2019.
The first is S.B. 583 by Senator Joyce Elliott. The legislature will study the feasibility of requiring 25% of lottery proceeds to fund scholarships; reinstating the 2.5 GPA requirement to be eligible for scholarships; and having independent consultants for the Arkansas Lottery.
The second is S.B. 774, the privacy bill by Senator Linda Collins-Smith. This bill would have required a person using a public shower, locker room, restroom, or similar facility on government property to use the facility that corresponds to the biological sex listed on his or her original birth certificate. The legislature will study this issue in the months to come.
Lawmakers cannot pass these bills during the interim study period, but can research these issues, collect testimony, and present recommendations when the Arkansas Legislature reconvenes as a whole.
We are glad lawmakers have agreed to look at these two issues during the interim. The next step is to schedule meetings where experts, members of the public, and others can testify at the Capitol.