Physical Privacy Act Press Conference Thursday In Richmond

Virginia First Foundation has announced a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning January 12th in Richmond to support the Physical Privacy Act (HB 1612). Delegate Bob Marshall, patron of the bill, will speak at the press conference. Below is the email from Virginia First Foundation announcing the event.

Our first priority is passage of the Physical Privacy Act (HB 1612), sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall. We will be holding a press conference on January 12th at the Capitol in House Room 1 at 10am.

This legislation, if passed, will ensure that the privacy of minors is protected and will ensure that no child is unwillingly or unknowingly violated in any way while utilizing public school locker rooms and restrooms. Students wishing to seek private accommodations may still do so, for whatever reason, as long as they do not violate the rights of privacy for other students.

This legislation also ensures that parents are included in making decisions. Parents will be notified if a child wishes to be acknowledged as the opposite sex and will be notified if accommodations are requested. It also encompasses protection in places like our family public restroom facilities, such as rest stops, and in government buildings.

Virginia First Foundation board member, Pastor Travis Witt issued the following statement: “HB 1612 is a positive and common sense approach to the safety, privacy, and well-being of all of Virginia’s children. To ensure that individual privacy and safety are protected for all of Virginia’s children, this bill must be passed. It makes adequate provisions for children seeking single-use restrooms when needed and ensures that children are not forced to experience forced physical exposure to the opposite sex against their will. This is a common sense solution for students, parents, administrators, and legislators. We urge all Virginia lawmakers to support this bill. This bill includes parents in the decision making and every liberty-minded individual supports privacy and safety for all of Virginia’s children. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report entitled, “Child Maltreatment 2010,” highlighted that sexual abuse is not solely restricted to physical contact. Such abuse can include non-contact abuse such as exposure. The long term effect on children cannot fully be measured. Psychologists have been warning for years that early exposure to sexual issues can have long term damage on children such as early sex, high-risk sex, and sexual violence. Public school facilities are not the place for social experiments that permit early exposure to sexual issues when there is ample evidence that such exposure can lead to long term developmental damage. The Physical Privacy Act ensures that safety, privacy, and well-being of all of Virginia’s children are protected.”

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