Mother speaks out after bearded man threatened to pose as trans to enter women's change room

A spokesperson for a mother whose daughter was allegedly assaulted speaks out, after the mother confronted a man who was inside of the women’s change room her daughter was in at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.

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A viral video showing a shocking encounter at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre located on Vancouver Island has sparked outrage and concern amongst residents who are calling for more safety in sex-based spaces.

The footage, which was first posted March 24 on Facebook by a Saige Point, who claims to be an auntie of a little girl who was allegedly assaulted after her mother confronted a man who had been inside the women’s changeroom at the centre, shows a man reportedly named Natus Butler, defend his actions by threatening to be a transgender woman.

“I can identify as a bearded woman if I want and there is nothing you can do about it,” Butler says seconds before the woman appears to be assaulted by one of his female companions. According to Point, what followed after the camera goes black was the man allegedly physically harming her 10-year-old niece.

Naturally, the incident has sparked outrage in the community for advocates of same-sex safe spaces who are still upset after another Vancouver Island mother, Janayah Wright, was vilified for speaking out about a man wearing a wig whom she allegedly caught peeping under the stall of her eight-year-old daughter at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre in 2023.

Unlike the state choice media outlets like Chek News, who made the incident and subsequent (and justified) concern appear to be “a big misunderstanding” that’s fueling “trans hate”, Rebel News interviewed a spokesperson for the mother, Serena Winterburn, who made it clear, “this was a matter of safety concern,” noting the mother believes in gender fluidity as does Winterburn.

During our interview with Winterburn, Rebel News captured more of the mother’s message, including how she is seeking legal counsel on how best to proceed after the incident.

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