An apparently transgender girl in Wyoming has been convicted of molesting a 10-year-old woman in a rest room. Casper resident Michelle Martinez—whose authorized title continues to be Miguel Alberto Martinez, so she went on trial below that title—was convicted of two expenses of sexual abuse of a kid and faces as much as 70 years in jail.
In response to the Casper Star Tribune, Martinez knew the sufferer and lured her into a rest room to assault her. Nurses examined the woman after the assault and located medical proof of the assault. Martinez and her household preserve her innocence and plan to enchantment.
So now we now have an precise case of a transgender girl assaulting a little bit woman in a rest room. So does that imply the right-wing tradition warriors have been proper to fret in regards to the trans infiltration of American women’ rooms? Not should you have a look at the particulars of the case.
To begin with, this wasn’t a stranger lurking in a public bathroom looking to prey on a random child. As is often the case when children are molested, the victim knew her attacker, and the restroom in question was in somebody’s home. This crime, as serious and awful it is, sharply diverges from the bathroom-panic narrative of the stalker in a restroom laying in wait for prey. No law gender-policing bathroom use would have meant anything in this case.
Second, existing law on the abuse of children is clearly adequate to tackle this sort of situation. If Martinez gets the maximum penalty, she’s clearly not going to be in a position ever to attack another child. What would an additional law restricting restroom access have accomplished here?
Think of the demands for more gun control that frequently come in the wake of a high-profile shooting. When gun foes propose new restrictions that would not have done anything to prevent the crime in question, people who actually understand firearms and the laws that regulate them are quick to point out (accurately!) that such laws would not have stopped the shooting, and to list the consequences a poorly-thought-out gun law would have for law-abiding citizens.
The same logical consideration applies here. There’s no evidence that yet another law would have prevented this assault from happening. There’s no evidence that existing law is unable to deal with the extremely rare cases when a transgender sexual assault of children does happen. No changes in the law are necessary.