Ever since Target stores instituted a transgender bathroom policy in their stores, the American Family Association (AFA) has warned that it would lead to women and children being victimized by men exploiting the policy.
A recent incident at a Chicago Target seems to prove their warning correct.
Last week, a man went into the women’s bathroom at the Chicago Target on Clark Street, forced himself into a stall being used by a young girl and exposed himself to her as he used the toilet.
The young girl’s mother, who was in the next stall, tried to stop him, but he was able to leave the store and is still at large.
Target does not make a connection between their policy and the incident, but the AFA says it has created an environment that invites criminals and perverts.
Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a child last Sunday at a store in the South Loop.
A mother was with her young child at about 4:08 p.m. in the women’s restroom at the Target at 1154 S. Clark when the man entered and insisted he had to go to the bathroom, according to Chicago Police.
He then pushed into the stall where the child was and exposed his genitals before leaving the bathroom, police said.
“It’s very sad. Children are innocent,” Stanley Hughley, a shopper at the Target store, said. “However old the pedophile was, it’s wrong. It’s pure evil no matter how you look at it.”
Target won’t discuss the link between their policy and the incident.
According to Target spokesperson Danielle Schumann, the man was drunk when he pushed the girl out of the stall, went to the bathroom and left.
“At Target, the safety and security of our guests is critically important to us,” Schumann said. “Immediately after a guest notified us of this incident, we called law enforcement and provided them with video footage from our store entrance to help with their investigation.”
He was described by police as being black with a dark complexion, about 30 to 40 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, 170 to 190 pounds and wearing a red jacket, dark-colored hat, gray pants and sunglasses.
Anyone with information should call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.
The American Family Association has outlined more instances of people being victimized by the Target bathroom policy. Their #BoycottTarget campaign continues.