Freedom of Information requests in England reveal that changing rooms that have been opened to both sexes prove more dangerous to women and girls than single-sex facilities, results that do not surprise women’s rights advocates.
Nearly 90 percent of complaints regarding changing room sexual assaults, voyeurism and harassment are about incidents that have taken place in unisex facilities, The Independent (UK) reported. Likewise, two thirds of all sexual attacks at leisure centers and public swimming pools take place in unisex changing rooms.
Of all the 134 complaints in 2017 and 2018, 120 reported incidents occurred in changing rooms where both sexes are allowed to be there and only 14 happened in single-sex changing areas.
“Like many women, I’ve never been happy to get undressed around men that I don’t know,” said Venice Allan, 42, a London-based jewelry designer and mother of two, in an interview with The Christian Post Tuesday afternoon.
Transgender activists across the U.K. have been campaigning to abolish sex-segregated spaces and replace them with what they say are more “inclusive” facilities, she explained, and such ideas are presently backed by every major political party. However, as in the U.S., opposition exists from both liberal and conservative women alike. Allan is a part of We Need to Talk, a group of women who are organizing meetings around the U.K. to discuss the government’s proposals to amend the Gender Recognition Act.
“Now we have evidence that women are put at considerable risk in these unisex spaces. I sincerely hope that politicians and service providers will recognize that they need to reconsider these policies immediately,” she said of the latest statistics.
Emily Zinos, who was a project coordinator with Ask Me First MN, said in an email to CP that “the fact that society has long separated men and women in public facilities like restrooms is not evidence of bigotry, it stems from a reasonable concern for women’s privacy and safety. Voyeurs don’t randomly target anyone in a public restroom or gym shower, they target women.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter