Sexual abuse victims and Christians fight the Human Rights commission

The Human Rights commission in America has labelled ?victims of sexual abuse and concerned Christians fear mongers for their emotional plea to lawmakers to undo a new bathroom policy. The policy allows individuals to use public facilities based on their gender identity rather than their actual biological gender.

OLYMPIA, Wash.?A group of women who say they are former victims of sexual assault are making an emotional plea to Washington state legislators to reverse a bathroom policy that they say leaves them and their young children vulnerable, exposed and unsafe.

Let me be clear,? Triller Haver wrote, adding:

I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children. It already happens

-The Federalist Blog

The Daily Signal met with Simon, Triller Haver, and Flores in Washington?s state capital to learn why they?re breaking their silence about their past experiences to fight what they believe are dangerous new policies.

?There is no doubt in my mind that many, many people will be hurt with this kind of policy,? Simon said.

The policies, which went into effect Dec. 26, grant individuals full access to bathrooms, locker rooms and other gender-specific facilities in accordance with their chosen gender identity instead of their anatomical sex.

But already,Simon and the other victims feel their stories have fallen on deaf ears, and they?re being portrayed in the public as ?fearmongers.?

?Over and over again, women are told your abuse is not important, it?s not important to fund, it?s not important to protect. This is just one more way for us to know that our abuse doesn?t matter, that we?re not protected,? Simon said, adding:

And now I?m a fearmonger because I?m speaking out about it. I don?t accept it. I?m not. I?m not crying that the sky is falling. This is actually happening. It?s not a pretend thing, I wish it was.

…?In April 2015, the YMCA created a policy to demonstrate our commitment to our transgender community,??the organization said in a statement. ?As a community-based non-profit organization, we are committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve. We also have a foundational commitment to child abuse prevention.?

It really does my head in when a group’s actions do not match their words. Any man can put on a dress and a wig and claim to be transgender. This law provides cover for every single pedophile,sexual deviant and rapist out there to get access to women and children.

At the time, Triller Haver was working as the organization?s communications director. When she heard the plans to go this route, Triller Haver said she was asked to ?draft some talking points.?

?As a survivor of sexual assault,? Triller Haver said she told her bosses, ?I can?t do this.?

?They gave me two choices,? she said. ?I could resign and receive severance for 10 weeks if I kept quiet or I could quit.?

?Guess what I picked.?

As more members found out about the policy, a storm of backlash ensued. According to the?Seattle Times, 300 households canceled their memberships.

…?We?re following state law,? chief executive Bob Ecklund told The Seattle Times.

But critics, including Triller Haver, Simon, and Flores, believe the YMCA was doing much more than following the law?they believe the organization was helping to make it.

?They colluded with the Human Rights Commission,? Triller Haver said, citing documents she saw while working there. ?They spearheaded this effort ? I don?t think they could have done it if they didn?t have a Christian organization championing it for them.?

…Triller Haver and Simon have since canceled their memberships?something that as Christians and longtime volunteers at the organization, they thought they?d never do.

Flores said she intends to do the same, but hasn?t been able to go back.

?It?s painful,? she said.

…Jill Wade, a mother of two from Spanaway, Wash., is one of the women who joined in on the protests. Just when they thought they were beginning to make progress, the Washington Human Rights Commission applied the rules to all schools and businesses with eight or more employees.

…Already, three Washington lawmakers are working on measures that would?scale back the rules to different degrees.

Sen. Doug Ericksen, a Republican from Bellingham, plans to introduce?a ?simple? one-paragraph proposal that would repeal the rules drawn up by the Human Rights Commission and ban the commission from taking similar action.

?I believe that when I drop my kids off at school, or when I take them to a private gym, I have a right to expect that the men will use the men?s locker room and the women will use the women?s locker room,? Ericksen told The Daily Signal. ?I shouldn?t have to worry about my young daughters having to come face to face with things that they should not have to be exposed to at their age.?

…For Flores, who said she was abused inside a locker room when her mom would drop her off for swimming classes, the policies are particularly traumatizing.

?Ever since the Y did this, I?ve been waking up sometimes with cramps in my legs and that feeling of terror again,? she said. ?If you were a woman assaulted by a man, it feels extremely unsafe.?

Simon, who used to volunteer for the at Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup to make sure all volunteers completed training?which included Child Abuse Prevention Training?said she recently experienced her first panic attack in the last decade.

?I?ve had my first panic attack in 10 years now knowing in my state there are only certain bathrooms that I will be able to enter safely,? she said. ?Places where children gather are the number one place where pedophiles try to get into.?

Since deciding to speak out, Triller Haver, Simon, and Flores say they?ve been attacked and labeled as ?fearmongers.?

But Simon, who said her abuser went on to attack other girls after her, said she won?t let the insults stop her. ?I know the full weight of not speaking out and people getting hurt,?Simon said, adding:

Sex abuse is a silent epidemic and you?re silenced because of the shame, the guilt, there?s a lot of manipulation ? that you want it, that it?s your fault. To finally get to the place where I can say I was a little girl that that happened to it there was no shame there was no guilt?That is why so many women stay silent. It?s such a twisting of the soul.

Citing statistics that say less than one percent of the American population is transgender, Flores asked, ?Why are the 99 percent having to change our whole way of doing things for less than one percent??

To quell anxieties that she might confront male genitalia in the women?s locker rooms, Triller Haver said she?s been instructed to use ?private stalls.?

?If we as survivors have issues, we?re invited to use single occupancy stalls,? she said, adding:

It feels like you?re saying, ?I have to do what you want with my body or I?m a horrible person,? and that?s a manipulation. I can be a very loving person but I don?t have to shower with you.

Since sharing her story on The Federalist, Triller Haver said she?s heard from ?hundreds? of other sexual assault victims who share her concerns with?the new policies.

But beyond that, it?s been difficult finding people willing to listen, she said.

Looking down at?her 5-year-old daughter playing on the floor,?Triller Haver said, ?I shouldn?t have to fight so hard to be heard.?