The CEO of Rape Crisis Scotland disagreed with the amendment in the Forensic Medical Bill in the Scottish parliament. This amendment was to allow women and girls who had been raped or sexually assaulted to choose the sex of their rape examiner rather than the gender. This was despite the fact that a survivor group of women explicitly stated they wanted to choose the sex of their examiner. Fortunately a debate was had and sex was used in place of gender. As a woman rape survivor it is my legal right to access single sex spaces for services like this. I do not give consent for a biological male to hear my story or counsel me. I phoned my elected representative and a young man answered the phone and kept repeating the ideological mantra Trans women are women. I didn’t feel comfortable discussing my concerns. I will not use any Rape Crisis service due to this.
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No Conflict, They SAid
In Australia and around the world, legislation is being introduced that replaces sex with gender identity. Advocates insist that there is no conflict of interest. But governments are not collecting data on the impacts of this legislative change. We're worried about the impacts on women of men using women-only spaces, including but not limited to: changing rooms, fitting rooms, bathrooms, shelters, rape and domestic violence refuges, gyms, spas, sports, schools, accommodations, hospital wards, shortlists, prizes, quotas, political groups, prisons, clubs, events, festivals, dating apps, and language. If we can't collect data, we can at least collect stories. Please tell us how your use of women-only spaces has been impacted. All stories will be published anonymously. If you know of other women who have been impacted, please encourage them to tell their stories too.
This site is run from Australia, New Zealand members of the LGB Defence, and supported by LGB Alliance.
organizations working to protect women-only spaces
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