Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur Ga
Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Ga. (Courtesy: OakhurstPTA/Facebook)

Decatur, Georgia, US – A boy who self-identifies as “gender non-conforming” is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl in the girls’ restroom at an elementary school on Nov. 16, 2017.

The boy is accused of entering the restroom while the girl was inside, pushing her up against a wall and digitally raping her, even as she cried for him to stop.

The sexual assault took placed at Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia.

In tears, the 5-year-old victim reported the sexual assault to her mother at home. The victim’s mother, Pascha Thomas, notified the school of the sexual attack against her daughter.

Ms. Thomas pleaded with the principal to remove the sexual assailant from the class, but the principal refused. The principal also stated that she would not prevent the boy from accessing the girls’ restroom in the future.

According to Ms. Thomas, the school did not report the incident to law enforcement, instead opting to retaliate against the rape victim by calling the Department of Family and Children’s Service on the victim’s mother.

Ms. Thomas filed a police complaint about the sexual assault; however, prosecutors declined to press charges against the suspected rapist due to his young age.

The victim’s mother has removed her child from the school.

Ms. Thomas also retained an attorney, Vernadette Broyles, who filed a complaint on her behalf with the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The complaint alleges that Decatur, Georgia schools have created a hostile environment for girls by “eliminating their expectation of privacy from the opposite sex.”

According to Ms. Broyles, this is a violation of the Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools. The federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is in the process of investigating.

Christiana Holcomb, an attorney, called it “absurd” that “a child should ever be forced to enter an intimate setting like a shower or a locker room with someone of the opposite sex.”

Ms. Holcomb added, “I think it’s all the more tragic that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, talking about ‘Let’s hear survivors,’ ‘Let’s trust women,’ we have a 5-year-old that reported her sexual assault and the school refused to even investigate.”

In July 2016, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude had enacted a policy that permitted students to use restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities according to the gender they identify with. Parents were not consulted prior nor notified after the policy was put into effect.

Months later, a few parents who learned about the policy wrote letters to and met with the Superintendent expressing their concerns and requesting a medium ground that would ensure the safety and privacy of girls and transgender students alike were protected.

According to the parents, the Superintendent acknowledged their concerns, but was dismissive.

 

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The Department of Education’s Civil Rights division is investigating after a five-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a boy in her class in November last year. A complaint filed by the girl’s mother alleges the child had gone to the bathroom, and the boy had been able to follow her because he identified as gender fluid and was, under school policy, allowed to be there.

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