WATCH: Lia Thomas' teammate unloads on Congress for policies that made her, as a victim of sexual assault, undress in a room next to a man "18 times per week"
· Jul 28, 2023 ·

Paula Scanlan was a swimmer on the University of Pennsylvania women's swim team when she was told by her coaches that a member of the men's team was "transitioning" and participating on the women's team.

That man was William "Lia" Thomas who was immediately placed on the opposite-sex team and allowed full use of their facilities despite his completely intact male sex organs and continual physical attraction to women.

Watch as Paula details in front of Congress what she had to face at the hands of the University to appease "Lia's" demands.

Today, any discussion maintaining the dignity of women's spaces is labeled "transphobic," "bigoted," and "hateful." What's bigoted and hateful is the discrimination against women and the efforts to erase women and our equal opportunities, dignity, and safe spaces.

Only an evil society would allow men to expose themselves to women and put women in danger.

I know women who have lost roster spots and spots on the podium. I know of women with sexual trauma who are adversely impacted by having biological males in their locker room without consent.

I know this because I am one of these women. I was sexually assaulted on June 3rd, 2016. I was only 16 years old. I was able to forgive my attacker but violence against women still exists... individuals on this committee have previously stated "violence against women is all too common..."

As a sexual assault survivor, many policies pushed today completely ignore my experiences and many women like me.

It's simple. We want to protect women from predators and from the trauma of being put in sexually inappropriate and uncomfortable positions.

A society that allows women to be preyed upon is not the kind of society we want to live in.

If you want her full testimony, where Paula paints a picture for Congress of being forced to undress next to a 6-foot man 18 times a week, it's here:

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