The HOUEquality webpage returns to a familiar topic.
1.) Over 180 cities and municipalities across the country have implemented nondiscrimination ordinances, some have been in place for decades. There are no reports of incidents of sexual assault or rape causally related or attributed to the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. In fact, there are substantiated reports of transgender people being threatened and assaulted when forced to use the restroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity.
2.) Sexual predators are going to behave as you would expect sexual predators to behave – without regard for the law. No ordinance or enacted legislation is going to spur on someone who is already committed to breaking the law. Assault of any kind was illegal in Houston before the passage of HERO, and it remains illegal today.
3.) The sad reality is that study after study shows that sexual assault of children is rarely committed by a stranger. It is overwhelmingly a crime committed by someone with an already existing relationship with the victim (a parent, a family member, a coach, a neighbor, etc). While cases of stranger rape and sexual violence occur, sexual violence is most often perpetrated by someone known to the victim and not a stranger in the bush or the bathroom.
4.) The Houston Independent School district, the largest school district in Texas and the 7th-largest in the country, implemented a comprehensive nondiscrimination policy which extends to both students and facility in 2011. Since that time, there have been no reports of assaults as a result of their policy.
Be sure to follow this link at the bottom of their page for a lot more debunkings of this pernicious lie. That’s the right word to use here, “lie”. The people making these claims know they’re untrue. They know they have no evidence whatsoever to suggest otherwise. Yet they do it anyway, and don’t seem to care at all about it. You have to wonder how people that call themselves devout Christians can put themselves in such a grave state of sin with so little concern. I suppose that’s between them and their God. All I know is that I’m going to call it as I see it. Everyone who makes these “bathroom predators” claim is lying, and they should be held accountable for it.