Earlier this week, The Daily Wire published a disturbing account of a girl student who was allegedly sexually assaulted in a Loudoun County, Va., high school restroom by a boy wearing a skirt. According to the report, school officials attempted to hide the incident from the public, likely because it would undermine support for new transgender policies the school district hoped to adopt. And at a school board meeting a month after the incident, the father of the assault victim was arrested after becoming upset with school officials stating that there were no records of any assaults taking place in bathrooms.
American Principles Project (APP) has been vocal about the dangers posed by transgender school policies, and in August, APP President Terry Schilling co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post warning that such policies would, among many other things, threaten the privacy and safety of girls in Virginia schools. APP’s affiliated PAC also recently launched a digital ad campaign in Virginia highlighting the anti-parent agenda of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and his allies.
In response to the Loudoun County story, Schilling released the following statement calling on McAuliffe to address the issue:
“As a father of two girls, this story out of Loudoun County makes me sick. The physical safety of our kids should be the top priority of every public school. Period. End of story. If you’re responsible for our kids and that’s not your priority, you have no business being within 1,000 feet of a public school, let alone working at one.
“Let’s be clear: this sexual assault was the direct result of a policy choice. Virginia Democrats like Terry McAuliffe have embraced a radical transgender agenda that strips young girls of their privacy and puts their safety at risk. That policy choice reportedly led to at least two sexual assaults in Loudoun County.
“Last year, Virginia Democrats also passed a law eliminating the requirement for school officials to report many crimes on school property to law enforcement, including some sexual assaults. No doubt this law also emboldened Loudoun County administrators in their attempt to sweep these crimes under the rug.
“So we ask: does Terry McAuliffe really care about #MeToo, or was all of that just political posturing? Does he care about female assault victims, or does he prefer to side with the rapist in order to placate the Left’s radical activists? What will he do as governor to make sure what happened at Loudoun County Public Schools never happens to another young girl again?
“If he can’t answer those questions — if he can’t defend our daughters — then McAuliffe deserves to lose, and lose badly.”