The Washington group Just want Privacy, which is trying (again) to force a referendum removing the state’s transgender-inclusive laws was just told by a sexual assault victim to stop using her story to promote transphobia.
“Just want Privacy” used the attack on Kelly Herron by a registered cisgender sex offender in Golden Gardens bathroom, to promote their anti-trans ballot measure in a fundraising e-mail and on Facebook.
“I’m more upset now than I have been all week after seeing that a political group is using my face, my name and my story to fundraise for I-1552, a ballot initiative that deliberately targets and harms transgender people – including friends whom I respect.” said Herron.
“To the people behind I-1552, I say “not today, mutherf*ckers.” I refuse to allow anyone to use me and my horrific sexual assault to cause harm and discrimination to others.”
All of us, including transgender people, are concerned about safety in restrooms or any place where we’re isolated and alone. But the fact is I-1552 would not have done one thing to prevent the attack on me. It’s already illegal to enter a restroom or locker room to harm someone, period.”
Texas lawmakers in the Senate have advanced an anti-trans bill employing the same tactics as “Just Want Privacy” by using arrests of cisgender sex offenders as rational for targeting transgender people with discriminatory laws. Just want Privacy, like Kolkhorst, use the same fearmongering tactics to further their hateful agendas.
Perhaps the House chairman where SB6 will next be debated has taken note of the similarities of the campaigns as he recently said he sees ‘no evidence’ Texas needs a bathroom bill.
Unfortunately for Just Want Privacy, and Kolkhorst, Herron has now spoken out against their campaign tactics.
My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming(“Not today, M**F**er!”), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr
“To the people behind I-1552, I say ‘not today, mutherf*ckers,'” Herron said in a public statement published by The Stranger blog about Just Want Privacy’s attempts to use her story, repeating the words she says she screamed at her attacker. “I refuse to allow anyone to use me and my horrific sexual assault to cause harm and discrimination to others.”
According to charges filed last week by King County prosecutors, Herron was attacked in a public Golden Gardens bathroom on March 5 by Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old registered sex offender from Arizona. Herron, who had recently taken a self-defense class, was successfully able to fight off her attacker and lock him in the bathroom until police arrived, the charges say.
“I fought for my life screaming(“Not today, M**F**er!”), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up,” Herron wrote in an Instagram post following the alleged attack.
Just want Privacy posted an apology to Herron on Facebook but have continued regurgitating fabricating dog whistle stories, this one a reader noted was originally posted May, 2016.
The nearly exact post from 2016