The Data Suggests Unisex Bathrooms Are A Bonanza To Male Perverts

The Data Suggests Unisex Bathrooms Are A Bonanza To Male Perverts

Paul Dirks, The Federalist - 9 Feb 2017

"One year ago in February 2015, the Vancouver Province ran a story on the rise of voyeurism in British Columbia, my home province, with the headline 'How can we get men to stop doing this?' The sober reality is that the crime of voyeurism, almost always by males, may be virtually impossible to stop. Voyeurism is an enormous monster that lives in the shadows of our culture, hidden to many, but continually nourished by advancing technology, pervasive pornography, and increasing opportunity.

Voyeurism has been seen as a minor crime historically, but recording technology and victim statements are beginning to change that. One of the voyeurism cases the Province article cited was that of Jonathan Stringer, who hid a video camera in a unisex public washroom in Whistler, BC. One of his victims shared the effect it has had on her: 'I have post-traumatic stress disorder from it. I was off work for a couple months, I was having problems sleeping and having weird dreams about being watched. It definitely affected me and made me fear for my safety.' More and more, voyeurism is starting to be recognized for what it is: sexual assault against women."

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