JK Rowling 'so angry' over policy that could see trans carers tending to disabled young girls
The Harry Potter author outlined her discontent, asking: "Do we value the disabled so little?"
JK Rowling has slammed those who support policies which "endanger extremely vulnerable girls" following a statement published on the website Transgender Trend which outlined how sex-based rights for disabled individuals are "under threat".
Taking to Twitter to vent her anger, the Harry Potter author condemned an article documenting a policy which would see young disabled girls have their right to have women-only care staff dealing with intimate care, helping use the loo and manage menstruation, taken away.
In her first tweet, she said: "I cannot overstate my contempt for those supporting policies that endanger extremely vulnerable girls. This is a travesty.
"Have we learned nothing from successive abuse scandals? Do we value the disabled so little?
"Nearly 20 years ago I founded Lumos to reform care systems for vulnerable children. I know from long experience how vulnerable children are in institutions.
"The statistics on predation are appalling. Disabled women and children are many times more likely to be abused."
Slamming the policy which would see transgender carers tending to young disabled females, JK Rowling said: "Predators go where there is access. Predators love victims who can't fight back or speak out.
"Successive studies show that 98-99 percent of sexual abusers are male. This validation of male feelings over disabled girls' protection is abhorrent.
"I'm so bloody angry my hands are shaking. I'm the daughter of a disabled mother and I've campaigned for the rights of vulnerable children for many years, but I'm still constantly shocked by the cruelty and indifference shown to those who cannot advocate for themselves."
The Harry Potter author's mum suffered from MS and died prematurely from complications aged 45.
JK Rowling founded Lumos, a charity which promotes an end to the institutionalisation of children worldwide in 2005, after the author saw the black and white image of a small boy who was locked away far from his family and placed in an institution.
Concluding her Twitter thread, the author said:"I urge everyone who feels the same way I do on reading this article to contact their MP, as I will certainly be contacting mine and anyone else I know who can stand up to this horror show. @Baroness_Nichol @ShaistaGohir."
The world renowned author demonstrated her support for Maya Forstater last week, after she won three claims in an employment tribunal, following a trans row.
Ms Forstater lost out on a job after claiming people cannot change their biological sex, and her contract at the Centre for Global Development (CGD) was not renewed in March 2019.
The tribunal heard she posted “inflammatory and objectionable” tweets about transgender people and opposed Government proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to identify as the opposite sex.
But in a judgment handed down on Wednesday, employment judge Andrew Glennie said the “complaints of direct discrimination because of belief are well-founded” over the decision to not offer Ms Forstater a contract or renew a fellowship following her tweets.
The author, who previously voiced her support for Ms Forstater, tweeted a message of congratulations following the ruling.
She said: “Every woman who’s been harassed, silenced, bullied or lost employment because of her gender-critical beliefs is freer and safer today, thanks to the warrior that is @MForstater. #SexMatters #IStandWithMaya.”