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Here are some of the biggest stories to emerge over the last week:
1. Essex schoolgirls sexually assaulted in gender-neutral toilets
Those of us who have sought to advocate for the protection of same-sex spaces, particularly for girls and women, have often been told that we are ‘scaremongering’ and that ‘this never happens’.
Well, it just happened.
An absolutely horrific story has emerged regarding multiple sexual assaults by a male pupil against female pupils, in the ‘gender-neutral’ toilets of an Essex school. The school has yet to be named, in part to protect the identities of the girls.
A police investigation has been launched and a teenage boy has been arrested.
It appears that the school in question chose to implement the virtue-signalling gender-neutral toilets without the slightest consideration for the potentially harmful impact on their female students. It has even emerged that the school failed to conduct any impact assessment whatsoever.
Although schools are required to provide separate toilets for children aged 8 and above, the fact remains that gender-neutral toilets carry risk.
I have had individuals reach out to me on Twitter and argue in favour of gender-neutral toilets, on the basis that the toilets in my house are gender-neutral and also that these gender-neutral toilets contained individual cubicles.
The first point is, of course, utter rubbish, given that my home toilet is not open to dozens, if not hundreds, of potential strangers. The fact that such facilities feature individual cubicles does not sufficiently mitigate against the risk of harm, given that they still provide predators with an opportunity to strike behind closed doors (particularly given the fact that there is, of course, no CCTV or such like, in toilets).
No, not all males pose a risk to women. No, not all ‘trans’ people pose a risk to women. However, the unfortunate fact remains that the vast majority of sexual offences are committed by men against women. Therefore, in the name of safeguarding, same-sex spaces for women must be preserved and protected.
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