Is safety Target's top priority?

Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Target store signThe American Family Association continues to sound the alarm about Target's policy that allows men in women's restrooms and changing areas.

Target says the policy is meant to be inclusive and benefit transgender customers and employees, but the American Family Association (AFA) has long warned it will result in sexual predators taking advantage of the policy, thereby putting women and children at risk.

In an Action Alert this week, AFA points to an incident at a Target store in Harris County, Texas, where a woman told law enforcement that a man was taking pictures of her in a fitting room while she was changing clothes.

"It's an invasion of privacy," she told news station KTRK. "No one should go through that. It was horrifying."

"Because nobody will stop a man from entering these areas, what these sexual predators do is they watch for a woman or girl to go into a fitting room, for example, and they go into the one next to it and then put their phone camera either up above the partition or below it," Ed Vitagliano, AFA executive vice president, told on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program. "That is what happened in this case in Harris County, Texas."

This is just one of many incidents at Target stores in different parts of the country.

Vitagliano

AFA has a Boycott Target petition urging the retailer to change its policy back to having gender-specific restrooms and changing areas. Representatives from AFA and Target have also met over the issue, but no changes have been made.

Target says the safety of its guests and team members is its top priority, but AFA does not buy that claim.

"The dozens of recorded sexual assaults on women in Target's fitting rooms and restrooms are almost 100 percent preventable," says AFA's Action Alert. "Apparently, Target's 'top priority' is to allow men to continue entering women's fitting rooms and restrooms."


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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