Women's Rape Shelter Gets Death Threats for Rejecting Transgender Women
Canada's oldest rape crisis shelter under threat for women only policy
The Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter (VRRWS) is facing vandalism and death threats for refusing to include transgender women.
The center, which is Canada's oldest rape crisis shelter, shared photos of the vandalism on their social media account.
The account tweeted "misogyny" in a hashtag int he following tweet.
"A follow up to the dead rat that was nailed to our door recently... this morning we found this writing scrawled across the windows of our storefront space that we use for support and training groups."
The shocking photos show death threats saying, "KILL TERFS," and "TRANS POWER."
The word "TERF" is an acronym used to describe "transgender exclusionary radical feminist" by trans activists and allies.
The term is used against feminists who do not follow the demands of the transgender lobby.
Madeleine Kearns of National Review spoke to a spokeswoman for the center who drew a distinction between the threats made against the clinic, and the real abuse woman suffers that the shelter helps.
"We deal with real violence and physical violence, so I don't want to blur the real threat on women's lives and real dangers to women's safety [with] abusive and intimidating language," said Hilla Kerner.
"This is not the same level of threatened violence," she concluded.
The shelter angered Trans activists because it only serves biological women.
The policy is in accordance with the feminism that guides their mission.
But due to mounting pressure from transgender activists, the Vancouver City Council pulled funding from the group in March.
A follow up to the dead rat that was nailed to our door recently... this morning we found this writing scrawled across the windows of our storefront space that we use for support and training groups #Misogyny pic.twitter.com/vm6Gv8jWcj— VancouverRapeRelief (@VanRapeRelief) August 27, 2019
The shelter criticized the decision.
In a statement, the shelter said the council was committing to "discrimination against women in the name of inclusion."
"Vancouver City Council's decision is intended to coerce us to change our position and practice of offering some of our core services only to women who are born female," they added.
Reports of biological males who identify as females mixing the biological females at facilities such as rape shelters and prisons have come under much debate.
Last year, a transgender inmate was accused of sexually assaulting four female inmates following a transfer to a women's prison, despite not having had had reassignment surgery.
The first attack took place within days of the transfer to New Hall jail in Wakefield, West Yorkshire according to reports.
The prisoner, who has been living as a woman for over two years, was caught 'visibly aroused' while assaulting the female at the high-security complex.
The victim of the assault, who became friends with the prisoner, claims she could see the prisoners 'erect penis' at the time of the attack.