Transgender inclusion endangering women

Monday, January 9, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Keep MA Safe (petition drive)Women are not safe in Massachusetts restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, and one organization is taking action to remedy the problem.

A woman who requested anonymity was in a women's bathroom at a T.J. Maxx in Plainville, Massachusetts and recalls her experience in an interview with WCVB TV:

"I looked down and I saw a man's shoes, and as I looked up, there was the camera. His cell phone camera was in my stall."

She left and asked store personnel to call police, and when they let her know they were forbidden to do so, she made a 9-1-1 call herself. Police soon arrived and arrested 48-year-old Gabriel Muniz, who has pled not guilty. But Chanel Prunier of Keep MA Safe tells OneNewsNow this woman may not have been the only victim.

"When security later viewed the footage, they found that he had been in the bathroom for over a half hour, so it's entirely possible that he videoed and photographed other women without their knowledge," Prunier reports.

Similar incidents have been reported throughout the country, especially at Target stores. But in Massachusetts, the problems stem from a state anti-discrimination law that includes transgenders. That means a man can say he is transgender, whether or not it is the truth, and pose privacy and safety dangers for women.

Keep MA Safe had a successful petition drive to let voters decide whether to repeal the law. But since that will not happen for another two years, Massachusetts women are left at risk in the meanwhile.

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