Earlier than we get into the meat of this story, it’s necessary to emphasize a key level: Sexual violence is mistaken. There isn’t any wiggle room, no hedging. If a trans particular person commits sexual violence, that’s mistaken. If a cis particular person commits sexual violence, that’s mistaken. If an LGBTQ+ particular person commits sexual violence, that is mistaken. Solidarity with survivors, all the time, regardless of who dedicated violence towards them.
Conserving that extraordinarily necessary level in thoughts, let’s overview what we learn about this incident. As reported by The Washington Post, authorities haven’t confirmed the gender identification of the suspect. In keeping with LGBTQ+ outlet them, the identical suspect has really been charged in a second assault, this time for sexual battery and abduction, reportedly having taken place in an empty classroom in Broad Run Excessive College additionally in Virginia.
The suspect has been arrested and detained, although their identify has not been launched as a result of they’re a minor. In keeping with the Submit, the suspect initially transferred to a unique highschool after stories of the primary assault.
So, why are Republicans leaping on this explicit lavatory incident? It doubtless has to do with an interview the survivor’s father gave—you guessed it—The Every day Wire.
The daddy of the survivor (who will not be being recognized by Every day Kos to keep away from revealing the identify of his daughter) spoke to the outlet about each the incident and his arrest at a June college board assembly (on counts of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct) after an altercation.
“The individual that attacked our daughter is outwardly bisexual and infrequently wears clothes as a result of he likes them,” he instructed the outlet, admitting that the “child” is “technically not what the college board was combating about.”
“The purpose is children are utilizing it as a bonus to get into the bogs,” he mentioned in reference to trans-inclusive insurance policies. However, the trans-inclusive coverage was handed in August. The alleged lavatory assault was reported to have taken place again in Might. So regardless of how the suspect identifies, they may not have used the coverage as a method to enter the women’ restroom at the moment, because it merely wasn’t in place but.
At this level, the daddy of the survivor has retained authorized illustration to pursue a lawsuit towards the college district, as reported by native outlet WJLA.
Republican Glenn Youngkin, who’s operating in Virginia’s gubernatorial election, is now campaigning on the idea that he received’t permit “radical college boards” to “conceal criminals” in colleges. Youngkin, amongst different issues, has spewed antisemitism and racism and is fiercely anti-abortion.
We don’t understand how the alleged assailant identifies. We do know that survivors deserve safety and justice and that individuals who abuse or assault others must be held accountable, it doesn’t matter what their sexual orientation or gender identification is. As pointed out by Equality Loudoun, allegations in regards to the alleged perpetrator’s identification are nonetheless unverified.
“Makes an attempt to shift blame of this incident to any particular person, group, or coverage—apart from the alleged perpetrator—does a grave disservice to the victims of those crimes an already marginalized youth in our neighborhood,” the group burdened in an announcement.
Once more—survivors should have respect, justice, and assist. Republicans profiting from these incidents to bolster their anti-trans platforms and flame panic and hysteria does nothing to assist survivors or make colleges a safer place.