Don’t mess with our bathrooms.
While our country’s latest in-depth political discussion seems to be revolving around which public restroom different groups of people should and should not be using, we need to remember that other countries have already had said debate.
This subject has become a political football in the 2016 presidential race as GOP front-runner Donald Trump as stated that the states should make that decision on how to proceed with the bathroom laws. Not surprisingly, other candidates have gone after him on his position.
For instance, it seemed that Canada had solved the issue once and for all in 2015. Well, until the University of Toronto had to revise their gender neutral bathroom policy after several incidents of peeping Toms.
There have been several reported incidents of women being recorded with handheld recorded devices while they showering. The women claimed that someone, believed to be a male, held the device over the wall of an adjacent stall while they were showering. These incidents prompted the university to revise their bathroom policies.
Per a Huffington Post Canada report:
Melinda Scott, Dean of students at University College, said that gender would now separate the restrooms for “those who identify as men and those who identify as women.”
“At the same time, there remains at least one gender-neutral washroom per floor and per house,” Scott said.
“The purpose of this temporary measure is to provide a safe space for the women who have been directly impacted by these events and other students who may feel more comfortable in a single-gender washroom in the wake of these incidents.”
“I think it sucks that there are going to be people that don’t feel safe in Whitney now, and that we can’t have an inclusive environment,” Melissa Birch said.
Police don’t yet know anything about the perpetrator in the incidents, which took place on Sept. 15 and 19, the Star reported.
But they’re still investigating, the newspaper added.
The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of 2015, and at the time of this Huffington Post piece, police had no leads on the alleged peeping Toms.
H/T – Huffington Post Canada
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