A victim of sexual assault in a bathroom is irritated with that fact that trnsphobic activists are speculating on her story to excuse limiting trans people in rights. Kelly Herron was assaulted by a man in a public restroom at a Seattle park during an afternoon run on Sunday, March 5. After the man attacked her, the 36-year-old marathon runner fought back – screaming “not today motherf**ker!” and restraining him until police arrived.
A anti-trans campaign group known as ‘Just Want Privacy’ was one of many to exploit Ms Herron’s attack as a reason not to permit transgender people to choose the bathroom according to their gender identity, although neither the victim nor the attacker was transgender. So she does not allow the discriminators to speculate on her story saying: “To the people behind I-1552, I say ‘not today, motherf**kers’. I refuse to allow anyone to use me and my horrific sexual assault to cause harm and discrimination to others. And I refuse to stand by as this same group pushes the repeal of Washington’s long-standing laws protecting my transgender friends. If they think they can use my experience to raise money for I-1552, then we have to raise twice as much.” Oppositely, her story can speak FOR trans right – because everybody wants to use a bathroom and to feel safe getting out of it, including many of her trans friends and colleagues with whom she shares a bathroom with no fear.
Just Want Privacy defended their actions as they issued a half-baked apology. They said: “Because our campaign exists to help create safe spaces, we referenced her story—as we have many others before her—to highlight the need for common sense public policy to minimize danger to women and children from those who seek to harm others. We have recently learned through several media outlets that the woman objected to our reference to her story in our communications. Since many of the volunteers that comprise this campaign are themselves survivors of sexual assault, the last thing we want to do is make anyone feel exploited. If our actions have inadvertently failed in this effort, we are sincerely sorry.”