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Rape rooms in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — The Left’s crusade to include ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE in everything everywhere at all times without regard to public safety, appropriateness, decorum, or common decency is on display here at the Democratic National Convention in the Wells Fargo Center.

In a case of obnoxious virtue-signaling, there are “all-gender” restrooms at the convention site. They don’t appear to be mandatory — yet.

To be clear, I choose to characterize these unrest rooms as rape rooms because allowing big, strong men — whether they “identify” as men or women or octopuses — to relieve themselves alongside little girls and women is a proven recipe for disaster. These everything-goes facilities present a standing invitation to those seeking to commit sexual assaults. They paint a target on those who cannot defend themselves.

Speaking of targets, the boycott of Target stores because the company allows and encourages men to use women’s bathrooms, seems to be working. The company’s stock price has been taking a pounding.

Ordinary Americans appear to recognize the simple truth that politically correct efforts to force strange new bathroom policies on the nation ignore the real dangers those policies create.

Just this month, for example, a man claiming to be a transgendered woman was arrested when he went into a ladies’ dressing room at a Target store and allegedly videotaped undressed women. Idaho sheriffs jailed him on a felony charge.

Nor is Sean Patrick Smith (aka, Shauna Patricia Smith) alone. The Heritage Foundation had no trouble compiling many other examples of abuse, including:

In 2009, a sex offender named Richard Rendler was arrested for wearing fake breasts and a wig while loitering in a women’s restroom in a Campbell, California, shopping center. Rendler had previously been arrested on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure.

In 2010, Berkeley police arrested Gregorio Hernandez. Hernandez had disguised himself as a woman on two separate occasions to get inside a UC Berkeley locker room. Once in the locker room, Hernandez allegedly used his cell phone to photograph women.

In 2013, Jason Pomare was arrested for cross-dressing in order to gain access to the women’s restroom at a Macy’s department store in Palmdale, California. Pomare snuck a video camera in to secretly videotape women while they used the restroom.

In 2014, Christopher Hambrook—who faked being a transgender person named Jessica—was jailed in Toronto, Canada. Hambrook preyed on women at two Toronto shelters, and had previously preyed on other women and girls as young as 5 years old to as old as 53. Hambrook’s case in particular shows the importance of protecting the privacy and safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens: the homeless and others who seek emergency shelter. And yet, the Obama administration recently proposed a rule that would impose a “gender identity” mandate here as well.

In 2015, two spying instances were recorded in Virginia—one at a mall and one at a Wal-Mart. Both instances involved a man in women’s clothing who used a mirror and camera to take pictures of a mother and her 5-year-old daughter and a 53-year-old woman while they were in neighboring restroom stalls. The suspect wore a pink shirt and a long wig to present himself as a woman.

In 2016, a man used a women’s locker room at a public swimming pool in Washington state to undress in front of young girls who were changing for swim practice. When Seattle Parks and Recreation staff asked him to leave, the man claimed that “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.” The man was apparently referring to a Washington state rule that allows individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. However, the man made no attempt to present as a woman.

Whatever your views on “gender dysphoria,” and however sympathetically you believe those suffering from the condition should be treated, these many examples show that politically correct bathrooms and locker rooms pose direct threats to the well-being of women and girls.

Surely those women also deserve to be treated with sympathy, especially from a party now bragging about its nomination of the nation’s first female presidential candidate?

(Note: This post was edited after initial posting. An extra “s” in the plural form of octopus was removed. The superfluous ess appeared to have been inspired by the name of a James Bond movie the author saw in his youth.)

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Matthew Vadum

The author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011), Vadum writes and speaks widely on ACORN and other…