What kind of person would threaten and harass a rape crisis center? Here in Vancouver, we have the answer: trans activists. While it might sound odd to the uninitiated that those who claim to value 'inclusivity' and 'acceptance' would also be the same people who nail a dead rat to the door of a transition house for battered women, those of us following the gender identity debate closely are all too familiar with this type of occurrence.
On Tuesday, Vancouver Rape Relief & Woman's Shelter (VRRWS) tweeted images of vandalism left on their storefront — a space used for meetings, events, and support groups. 'Kill TERFs,' 'Fuck TERFs,' 'TERFs go home, you are not welcome,' 'Transwomen are women,' and 'Trans Power' had been scrawled across the windows and door in black marker. 'TERF,' for the blissfully ignorant, is an acronym that stands for 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist.'
Anybody should be able to say anything at all and not be threatened with death. But certainly, of all the people who should be protected from such terrorizing, it should be women who dedicate their lives to helping some of the most downtrodden among us — those with few to no resources, who are running for their lives, who have suffered immensely, and are simply trying to protect themselves and their families.
Any person who would go so far as to intimidate and threaten women who stand up for other women in this particularly disturbing way is on the wrong side of politics, never mind history. It is beyond unacceptable that the left is not only remaining silent on these kinds of attacks, but is continuing to fuel them, by claiming it is feminists who are guilty of 'hate' and 'violence,' not their comrades-in-arms.
Meghan Murphy is a writer in Vancouver, BC. Her website is Feminist Current.