Swimmer Riley Gaines Assaulted and Held Hostage
On Thursday night last week, Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer gave a speech on protecting female sports. Gaines stressed the importance of men and women competing separately to safeguard the integrity of female sports and protect women. She also shared her personal experience competing against William “Lia” Thomas, a trans man who conned his way into competing against women after failing as a male swimmer.
Gaines was physically assaulted after giving the speech on the San Francisco State University campus. She announced the physical assault on Twitter and said this only proved her point about the need to protect women.
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man.
This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces. Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder.
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.
Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/uJW3x9RERf
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023
Following the assault, she was barricaded in a room for almost three hours. Her husband, Louis Barker, spoke with her briefly during this time.
“She told me she was hit multiple times by a guy in a dress. I was shaking. It made me that mad. It makes me sick to feel so helpless about it,” Barker said. “She was under police protection and was still hit by a man wearing a dress.”
As Gaines addressed the students, some of them disagreed with her viewpoints. Additionally, there is footage that shows a group of pro-trans protesters outside the room who were becoming increasingly loud and drowned out some of the swimmer’s remarks.
“Tonight, Riley Gaines spoke at San Francisco State University to share her personal story of competing against a biological male athlete, Lia Thomas, at the Women’s NCAA Swimming Championships last year,” said Gaines’ agent, Eli Bremer.
“In the past year, her goal in speaking at universities has been to educate her peers about her experience and what the impact of the growing number of biological males in women’s sports will do to the integrity of Title IX. She has been questioned in civil and somewhat uncivil manners about her views many times, and she thoroughly encourages diverse viewpoints and debate on this issue.”
“Instead of a thoughtful discussion tonight at SFSU, Riley was violently accosted, shouted at, physically assaulted, and barricaded in a room by protestors. It is stunning that in America in 2023, it is acceptable for biological male students to violently assault a woman for standing up for women’s rights.”
“This will not stop Riley from boldly educating people of the dangers of biological males in women’s sports. She will continue to speak the truth against the radical left that no longer understands the difference between men and women.”
Riley Gaines has been escorted out of the event into a side hallway in the HSS Building. Students were following through “trans women are women” 8:31 p.m pic.twitter.com/rGaTvrje17
— Golden Gate Xpress (@GGXnews) April 7, 2023