Predators Targeting Women under LGBT Ordinances?
Voters in Houston will vote Tuesday on a controversial measure that would allow men identifying as women to use the women's restroom and other public faciliites for women.
The measure, known as Prop 1, would prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity. It's the gender identity issue, however, that most people are focused on.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott responded to Hillary Clinton's support for the measure, urging Houston voters to vote against the proposal.
"HOUSTON: Vote Texas values, not @HillaryClinton values. Vote NO on City of Houston Proposition 1. No men in women's bathrooms," he tweeted.
Many believe the measure makes it easy for sexual predators to target women and girls.
Several such attacks have been reported across the country.
In 2013, a man dressed as a woman was caught secretly videotaping women inside a Macy's deparmtment store in Los Angeles.
According to several news outlets, 33-year-old Jason Pomare disguised himself as a woman and carried a camera inside a bag. Police said he used the concealed camera to record "hours" of video of women in the store's restroom.
Authories said when he was discovered, he was wearing a wig and appeared to have breasts and had pointed the camera under restroom stalls to tape the women.
He was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Also in California, a mom claims she was kicked out of a sporting goods store after alerting a manager that a man had frightened her young daughter in a women's restroom.
According to FoxNews.com, the woman said she was shopping with her 12-year-old daughter when her daughter told her about a man in the women's restroom at an REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) sporting goods store last August.
"We started to drive to another store and she said to me, "Mom, I need to tell you something," the woman recalled. "I asked her what was wrong and she told me, 'A man used the bathroom while we were in there and it scared me.'"
The mother also said, "I spoke with the manager and told her what happened."
The mom said, "She didn't skip a beat. She told me that REI does not decide who people are or what they can do."
The mother said she was lectured in front of customers and ordered to leave the store.
"It's one thing for a stranger of the opposite sex to go into the ladies' bathroom and traumatize young girls. It's another to have the sanction and blessing of the store manager," said Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, which represents the mom in the case.
A spokesman for the store said officials are looking into the alleged incident.
And in Woodbridge, Virginia, a mother said a peeping Tom targeted her and her young daughter in a ladies' restroom at Potomoc Mills Mall. Police say a 35-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daugher reported that a man, dressed as a woman, used a mirror to take images of them in a neighboring stall.
The woman said she confronted the man, who then ran away.
A similar incident was reported at a nearby Walmart store earlier this year.
And in 2010, in Rome, Georgia, a 51-year-old cross-dressing man was arrested for allegedly undressing in front of young children in a Walmart women's bathroom.