Misinformation about suicide prevention service hurts real efforts to prevent child sex abuse

Yahoo News, May 4, 2022, Caitlin Dickson and Christopher Wilson

Conservatives pushing anti-LGBTQ “grooming” attacks have turned their attention to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs for LGBTQ youth. Child sexual abuse experts argue that their recent “groomer” discourse is not only inaccurate, but it also undermines legitimate efforts to prevent abuse.

Anti-Trans Bathroom Hysteria is based on a Myth

Vox, Feb 22, 2017, By German Lopez

The debate over bathrooms is based on a myth. The examples cited by some to prove the “bathroom predator” myth are actually examples of men doing awful things regardless of the law — which has, unfortunately, happened since the beginning of civilization. They are not, as has been alleged, examples of predators taking advantage of nondiscrimination laws meant to let trans people use the bathroom or locker room for their gender identity.

Guide to the Debunked “Bathroom Predator” Myth

Media Matters, May 5, 2016,  Erin Fitzgerald

The “bathroom predator” myth has been repeatedly debunked — by rape crisis experts, law enforcement officers & school administrators across the country with decades of practice under nondiscrimination & trans-inclusive laws. However, many continue to repeat this debunked anti-LGBTQ myth.

VA Sexual Assault Wrongly Portrayed as a Transgender Bathroom Issue

Reason.com, Nov. 1, 2021, Robby Soave

A VA teen boy’s sexual assault of his girlfriend in school was substantially misreported. The teen boy – the perpetrator – did not target a random student, and he did not choose the girls bathroom because of his gender identity. Instead, the perpetrator and the victim had a relationship, and had met in the bathroom for sexual activity previously. Also, the trans-inclusive bathroom policy was not in effect at the time of the assault.