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Ethics – Sexual abuse worker speaks out

October 2018

Women seeking help at sexual abuse shelters could be put at risk if their shelters are forced to accept men claiming to identify as women, one worker has said.

The female worker’s comments came after a report by LGBT rights group Stonewall, published in August, claimed sexual abuse shelters would be unaffected by assisting men who identify as women.

Writing anonymously on the Woman’s Place website, she called the report ‘at best a disingenuous depiction’ of the views of people working with abused women, and warned Stonewall could be guilty of attempting to dupe the public.

She commented, ‘It could trick supporters and the public into believing that women who disagree with Stonewall “are wrongly misrepresenting female survivors of male violence”’.