The debate over the transgender bathroom issue is getting heated, so it’s worth considering one pretty harsh fact: a child is more likely to be disturbed at church than at a transgender bathroom.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) came out with a report on assaults in the Catholic church in 2014, and it turns out that 17,259 people made accusations and 6,427 clerics had been counted as “not implausibly” or “credibly” accused from 1950 to 2013.
And yes, this doesn’t account for underreporting, or the large number of people that came forward in 2003 in the wake of the Boston Globe’s report on assaults in the Catholic church by their Spotlight team.
So, a transgender bathroom law wouldn’t have helped a single one of these people, and many of them have lived and are still living with their trauma and shame for decades in silence.
However, the exposure of 19 and Counting’s Josh Duggar’s proclivities revealed in 2015 that America’s favorite Christian family wasn’t as wholesome as people thought. And, to add to that, the Washingtonian broke a story in February 2016 in which they revealed decades of assaults against children in Sovereign Grace Ministries.
One in five girls and one in twenty boys become victims of assault, and the majority of perpetrators are someone the child knows.
So, the above explains why a child, an adolescent, or a pre-teen, is more likely to be harmed in church than in a transgender bathroom.