On May 14, 2013, 33-year old Jason Pomare, of Palmdale, California was arrested for amassing hours of secret video of women in a Palmdale Macy’s department store bathroom. The suspect, in a wig, bra, women’s clothing, and carrying a purse, entered the restroom with a concealed camera in the purse. He then placed the purse on the floor, positioned to film upward into the stalls, in order to film women changing or using the facilities.

He was arrested after a woman spotted the red recording light on the camera in the purse and alerted authorities in the mall to the presence of a man in the women’s bathroom.

Sgt. Brian Hudson, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated:

“Pomare told detectives he had been in the restroom for about two hours.”

February 28, 2014 in a Clairemont, CA Big Lots store, Gregory Schwartz, 40, dressed in a “Barbie” costume, entered the ladies restroom of the store and waited. According to the NY Daily News:

Gregory Schwartz allegedly pounced on his victim after she entered the bathroom 5 p.m. Friday at a Big Lots store in Clairemont.

As explained further in the report, Schwartz climbed under the stall after the woman had entered and attempted to sexually assault her. She managed to break free and go for help. Schwartz escaped, but was found and arrested several days later.

In March of 2014, a Toronto, Canada man was jailed “indefinitely,” after presenting himself as “transgendered,” in order to gain access to women’s homeless shelters and bathrooms.

Christopher Hambrook, 37, leaned on the ever expanding legal “rights” offered to people who “identify” with the sex opposite their biology. Under the name “Jessica,” he was able to get into the women’s shelters, where he sexually assaulted several women in 2012, the Toronto Sun reports.

Hambrook had previously served four years for the sexual assault of a 5-year old girl and the rape of a mentally challenged 27-year old woman.

Hambrook was taking advantage of a law very much like the Charlotte, NC ordinance North Carolina’s recently passed Public Facilities Private and Security Act sought to stop.

Jack Fonseca, of Campaign Life Coalition, said of Canada’s bathroom bill:

“Of course this lunatic law could only make it easier for rapists and peeping toms to prey on female victims while masquerading as ‘transgendered.’”

Are these stories meant to suggest that all transgendered people have a criminal bent, with a desire to assault women in private places, such as bathrooms and locker rooms? Not at all. What these accounts do, however, is highlight the need for common sense policies that will protect all citizens, and not just cater to the fringe left special interests groups.

Governor Pat McCrory (R., NC) was right to sign House Bill 2 into North Carolina law. While there is a place and time to have open, honest discussion about the issues facing all citizens, our public facilities should not be the laboratory for social justice testing, when there exists an opportunity of exploitation by those with less than noble motivations.

In one more tragic addition to this discussion, last week saw a 25-year old transgender woman sodomized in a unisex bathroom in Greenwich Village, NY.

The incident occurred in the all-genders bathroom of the Stonewall Inn, an iconic establishment in the history of the LGBT movement.

The report indicated:

Police say the victim was using the “all-gender” restroom when an unknown man entered and allegedly raped her. The suspect fled the bathroom but returned a short time later to sexually assault her again.

This is the world we live in, and as much as the so-called “progressive” left want to think that if we act on feelings and not what we know about human nature, that things will work out for the best, that has no basis in reality. If nothing else, the accounts highlighted here are strong indicators for the need of society to be defended against the leftist ideology.