Kaeley Triller remembered his hot breath on her face, so she chewed copious amounts of gum to try and rid herself of his smell.
She also slept with the light on and showered wearing underwear — all to protect herself from the man who sexually abused her as a child.
Triller told her story in an article published at the Federalist, where she spoke out against the dangers of transgender people using bathrooms that match the gender for which they identify as opposed to bathrooms that match their anatomy.
"What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children.
She urged people to look at past proof of men who cross-dressed in order to sexually assault women.
- Jason Pomares, 33, was arrested for cross-dressing and videotaping women in a Florida mall restroom.
- Norwood Smith Burned, 51, dressed like a woman and indecently exposed himself to children in a Walmart bathroom.
- Taylor Buehler, 18, snuck into a women's bathroom at a community college while wearing a bra and wig and later admitted to taking a shower in the women's locker room.
Triller believes that allowing people to use bathrooms that don't match their anatomy could lead to more incidences like those listed above.
“Is it ironic to no one that being 'progressive' actually sets women’s lib back about a century? What of my right to do my darndest to insist that the first time my daughter sees the adult male form it will be because she’s chosen it, not because it’s forced upon her?”
She points out that one in four girls are sexually abused during childhood, and giving anyone access to showers and bathrooms just because they say they identify as the other gender could increase those numbers.
A 2007 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes how to prevent child sexual abuse in general by recommending “privacy when toileting, showering, and changing clothes.”
“Your organization should develop policies and procedures for reducing risk during activities such as toileting, showering, and changing clothes that consider not just the risk of employee/volunteer sexual abuse, but also the risk of inappropriate or harmful contact among youth.”
Triller says we should ask transgendered people to use separate, single-occupancy restrooms rather than risk the majority of women and children's safety.