BLOGThe Unintended Victims of Bathroom Bills and Open Locker Room Policies

By Marissa Mayer Posted on: | May 11, 2016

“I have been educated. I have been educated very well on what happens. . . I wish I [wasn’t]..” 

   - Janine Simon


No men in women's restrooms and locker rooms.

You would think that this is common sense.

But unfortunately, we are living in a culture today where many have rejected biological realities and are demanding that society adapt to their perceived gender identity, regardless of their biological sex. As a result, an invasion of agenda-driven policies that open up restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities to members of the opposite sex are popping up across the country with no thought on how these policies affect the rest of the population.

Now, the unintended victims of such misguided policies are being forced to speak up and share their experiences in hopes of educating society on the consequences of such laws.

The sad reality is that surveys reveal that nearly 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 8 high school girls have been sexually assaulted. We should not celebrate unsafe policies that expose women and their children to greater risk, when there are simple, common sense accommodations available. We should not attack individuals and states who are trying to do right by women and children protecting their privacy and safety.

The women in the video below know these statistics far too well. They've lived it. They've experienced firsthand how predators exploit open doors and vulnerable spaces to prey on their innocent victims. Biology—not feelings—is the only sensible basis for ensuring privacy and safety in these areas.

This is not fear mongering or hate—this is reality.

"We've just created a law that makes it easier for [predators] to access their victims," Janine Simon says in the video. "I have no doubt that the person who abused me would have been more than willing to use [this law] as access as well."

"I’m not crying that the sky is falling. This is actually happening. It’s not a pretend thing, I wish it was," said Kaeley Triller Haver.

Do you believe in protecting the privacy and safety of women and children?

As a society, how can we tell women and girls who have been sexually assaulted that their privacy and safety in these intimate spaces doesn't matter? That for the sake of a political agenda, we are willing to sacrifice their emotional and physical security?

Enough is enough. Sign the statement today supporting those who are working to keep our women and children safe.

Marissa Mayer

Senior Web Writer

Marissa Mayer is an Arizona native who fell in love with the written word at a young age.

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