Woman who fought off attacker fights back against political campaign

Woman who fought off attacker fights back against political campaign

Woman who fought off attacker fights back against political campaign

"This is one of the most surreal things I've ever seen.in the four years I've been running this workshop", Jordan Giarratano, a Fighting Chance Seattle instructor, told ABC News.

If passed, I-1552 would remove employment, public accommodation, and housing protections based on gender identity in Washington's 2006 human rights law.

But it appears that Just Want Privacy's latest fear-mongering effort has backfired. It also used Herron's story in a fundraising appeal, The Seattle Times reported.

"All I could think was, 'Not today, (expletive).'" Herron's body-worn Global Positioning System showed her frantic attempts to get away.

"To the people behind I-1552, I say 'not today, mutherf*ckers, '" Herron said in a public statement today about Just Want Privacy's attempts to use her story, repeating the words she says she screamed at her attacker.

"My biggest running nightmare became reality - four miles (6.4K) 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 Global Positioning System in red lines)", she wrote on Instagram. A 40-year-old homeless sex offender who had been hiding in one of the stalls attacked her from behind, punched her several times, wrestled her to the ground, and attempted to rape her. Herron said self-defense lessons saved her, as she fought back with tactics she had just learned three weeks earlier.

On March 9, Just Want Privacy sent an e-mail to its supporters with a picture of Herron's bloody face.

Just Want Privacy has since released a statement apologizing to Herron. They are people. They identify differently and I don't care where they use the bathroom. Or demigender. Or pangender. The group posted photos of Herron's bloodied face on their Facebook page, arguing that her case proved gender-neutral restrooms were a threat to public safety. "There are more than 1,000 registered sex offenders in WA who are listed as missing or non-compliant", the organization wrote. "We can not be naive and normalize the presence of males in females' vulnerable spaces", the group wrote. Eventually, she made it out of the bathroom and was able to lock him inside with help from a person passing by. She said the man repeatedly tried to turn her over onto her stomach. I was on my back, I pulled myself out this way. She found out this week that her face and her story were being used to raise funds for the campaign that supports I-1552, a ballot initiative in the state of Washington that would rollback protections of transgender people.

"All I kept screaming during the attack was, 'Not today, motherfucker, '" Kelly Herron told Inside Edition. "That was the only thing that was motivating me, was I can not be raped by this guy in this place". It's already illegal to enter a restroom or locker room to harm someone, period.

A woman attacked in a public restroom has spoken out against transphobes who are trying to exploit her story to pass "bathroom bill" anti-trans legislation.

After failing to collect enough signatures previous year, conservatives in Washington are once again pursuing a ballot initiative (I-1552) to impose discrimination on transgender people.

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