No arrests were made Thursday night, after a transgender group physically assaulted Riley Gaines, a former NCAA women’s swimming champion, after she gave a speech at San Francisco State University on saving women’s sports and shared her experience of competing against a biological male athlete named Lia Thomas, despite being protected by police. Gaines was forced into a barricaded room.
Authorities responded to an incident where Gaines was attacked by a man wearing a dress after giving a speech at SFSU. The attack was described as an ambush. Video footage shows a group of transgender individuals yelling as authorities escorted Gaines to safety.
One activist could be heard manically screaming, “Trans rights are human rights!” amid the chaos, and Gaines’ husband said his wife told him she was “hit multiple times by a guy in a dress.”
Gaines also took to social media and affirmed that she was “ambushed and physically hit twice by a man.”
“This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces,” she wrote. “Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder.”
However, TMZ Sports reported that neither SFSU nor the police department made any arrests related to the physical attack, and instead considered it to be a mere “disruption.”
“The disruption occurred after the conclusion of the event, which made it necessary for UPD officers to move the event speaker from the room to a different, safe location,” SFSU officials said.
Gaines’ agent Eli Bremer told Fox News her goal 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.”
“Instead of a thoughtful discussion tonight at SFSU, Riley was violently accosted, shouted at, physically assaulted, and barricaded in a room by protestors,” he continued, adding that it is simply “stunning” that it is “acceptable for biological male students to violently assault a woman for standing up for women’s rights” in 2023.
Caitlyn Jenner, who was previously known as Bruce Jenner and is a former Olympic athlete, has expressed her support for Gaines on social media.
“Pray for Riley Gaines! You are a courageous voice of reason, an incredible athlete, and beyond brave. Praying!!!” Jenner said:
Senator Marsha Blackburn, who is a member of the Republican party and represents Tennessee, is also joining in the demand for accountability.
“San Francisco State University and law enforcement must take immediate action to hold those who assaulted @Riley_Gaines_ accountable,” she said, adding, “We will not allow the violent radical left mob to silence us”: