Privacy & Safety News

Pa. student to come forward: ‘Please stop my school from violating my privacy’

Alliance Defending Freedom - 24 March 2018

"PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania student who is part of a bodily privacy lawsuit against Boyertown Area School District will participate in a press conference Thursday together with two of her attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb and Independence Law Center Chief Counsel Randall Wenger. The press conference, which follows a hearing in the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, will be the first time the student will publicly reveal her identity as a plaintiff.

During the 2016-17 school year—without informing parents or students—the school district secretly opened its high school locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex, which violated many students’ bodily privacy rights. Some of the students in the suit involuntarily encountered students of the opposite sex in various states of undress in school restrooms and locker rooms."

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Some shoppers want Forever 21 to change dressing rooms

Alyssa Donovan, KSHB, Kansas City -11 April 2018

"OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Forever 21 is one of a handful of stores that allows men and women to try on clothes in the same area.

Now, some shoppers believe it might be time for a change.

This comes after a man was charged for allegedly recording a woman and a girl inside a Forever 21 changing room at the Overland Park mall.

'For a place like this, I don't think that's appropriate at all to have men, women and children in the same dressing room at all,' said Jaymee Henderson, who shops at Forever 21."

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Anchor-rage in Alaska: Locals Take Aim at Bathroom Policy

Family Research Council - 28 March 2018

"Imagine your daughter walking in from swim practice to find a half-naked man in her locker room. Parents in Washington State don't have to imagine. They experienced it.

When staff members confronted the man, he resisted, saying the law had been changed and he "had the right to use the locker room of his choice." That's just one of the traumatic stories playing out in states across America. In Anchorage, Alaska, the locals are open-minded. But not so open-minded that they think their privacy should be threatened. Unfortunately for them, city leaders didn't care about their safety, forcing through a radical gender-free policy without ever asking."

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Voters in Anchorage Can Protect Women’s Privacy in Ballot Initiative

Monica Burke, The Daily Signal - 22 March 2018

"Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, will soon have the opportunity to protect the safety of women and girls in private facilities when they consider the Proposition 1 ballot initiative.

The proposition—due by mail on April 3—asks whether residents wish to roll back the city’s “equal access to bathrooms and locker rooms” policy, which allows biological males to access women’s personal facilities."

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Chicago-area families seek to defend student privacy from new ACLU lawsuit

Alliance Defending Freedom - 12 January 2018

"CHICAGO – An association of concerned students and parents that filed a federal lawsuit to defend student privacy in a Palatine school district are now seeking to intervene in a separate state-level lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that threatens the privacy of thousands of Illinois students.

The emergency motion to intervene and motion to dismiss filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County seek to prevent the ACLU from misusing non-discrimination provisions within the Illinois Human Rights Act to dismantle student privacy at Township High School District 211. Alliance Defending Freedom and Thomas More Society attorneys represent the students and parents."

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Concerns over pool changing room plans

Marcus Law, Monmouthshire Beacon - 1 November, 2017

"A GROUP which has raised concerns about ‘village-style’ swimming pool changing rooms says the plans are 'nonsensical'.

The Monmouth Early Morning Swimmers are a group of around 15 people who, until Monmouth’s former pool closed last year, met regularly.

Work on the town’s new swimming pool, which will be housed inside Monmouth Leisure Centre, should begin in November and is expected to take just over a year to complete."

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Bathroom Bill Opponent Says Angry Activist Attacked Him At Private Event

Evan Lips, NewBostonPost - 2 May 2017

"A key figure behind a ballot question that would repeal a law allowing people who say they identify with the opposite sex to use the public bathrooms and changing rooms they prefer says he was spat on and cursed at by an unidentified person who crashed a private event. 

William Gillmeister, the policy and financial director for the Renew Massachusetts Coalition, told New Boston Post his group booked Sichuan Garden, a Chinese restaurant on Walnut Street in Newton Highlands, on Sunday afternoon. Gillmeister said he spotted the individual removing his group’s signs from the front of the restaurant and confronted the person.

'I said, ‘Hey, you can’t take those’,' Gillmeister recalled. 'This individual immediately started swearing at me and accused me of promoting hate speech.'

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Dignity and Fairness Matter for Every Child in the Locker Room

Kellie Fiedorek, Daily Signal - 14 Apr 2017

"The American Civil Liberties Union recently noted in a blog post that 'the burden of confronting and remedying injustice falls on the shoulders of the oppressed.'

There is some truth to this: The oppressed are powerful voices in any battle for justice. But when it comes to defending the most vulnerable among us—our children—it is chiefly the responsibility of parents, teachers, school administrators, and lawmakers to defend their rights.

Yet the ACLU, rather than seeking justice, fairness, and privacy for every child, has chosen to privilege a select few while utterly disregarding the privacy rights of millions of other young students across the country."

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Boston man accused of trying to assault woman in Las Vegas bathroom

Klaudia Van Emmerik, Global News - 6 Mar 2017

"LAS VEGAS - A Boston man is accused of trying to sexually assault a woman in a Las Vegas resort restroom.

Police said Saturday morning a victim walked into the women's bathroom at Delano Las Vegas Bathhouse Spa and Gym after exercising. She saw a naked man on the opposite side of the bathroom and assumed she had accidentally entered the men's restroom, so she turned to leave, reports Review Journal.

At that point the man, later identified as 33-year-old Jared Deflurin, approached her from behind and put her into a chokehold, said police. He allegedly forced her to the ground and began punching her, and then tried to drag her by the legs to the isolated shower stalls 'away from public view.'" 

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School Orders Boy to “Tolerate” Undressing with Girl and Make it “Natural”

Todd Starnes - 21 Mar 2017

"A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to 'tolerate' undressing in front of a female student and to make it as 'natural' as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center, alleges the Boyertown Area School District shamed the teenage boy and violated his personal privacy. They are also alleging sexual harassment.

'No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy,' ILC attorney Randall Wenger said. 'We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it’s a school’s duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students.'"

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