‘I had nightmares for weeks’ – Lady reveals her experience after sharing locker room with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas

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Former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Paula Scanlan has revealed her experience with popular transgender swimmer Lia Thomas saying trans athletes are a bad thing for women’s sports.

Paula Scanlan says she joined the swim team at UPenn as a way of getting over a nightmare from her past. Instead, it brought it up all over again.

The 23-year-old Scanlan (pictured below) began swimming at age 8, and she says the sports helped her recover after surviving a sexual assault in a bathroom at age 16.

“To be honest, swimming was the only thing that kept me going,” she told The NY Post.

?I had nightmares for weeks? -  Lady reveals her experience after sharing locker room with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas

But after earning her spot on the University of Pennsylvania’s swim team, Scanlan didn’t like the school’s decision to allow transgender athlete Lia Thomas to switch from the male to the female team meaning Thomas switched the male to female locker room.

Thomas, who had previously competed on the men’s swimming team, began swimming on the women’s team in 2021. She also began changing in the women’s locker room, which Scanlan said was traumatic for her as a sexual assault survivor.

“In general, bathrooms were a place I felt really uncomfortable,” she said. “I would just kind of relive the situation that I went through when I was 16.”

?I had nightmares for weeks? -  Lady reveals her experience after sharing locker room with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas

?I had nightmares for weeks? -  Lady reveals her experience after sharing locker room with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas

Scanlan described Thomas’s presence as “so incredibly uncomfortable” even for her fellow biologically female swimmers who resorted to changing in bathroom stalls and family bathrooms for the sake of their privacy.

“I would be at my locker and then all of a sudden hear a masculine voice, and I would just jump,” Scanlan recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, somebody got in here.’”

“It’s incredibly vulnerable,” she added. “I had nightmares for weeks about men being there while we were dressing.”

On July 27, she testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government in defense of women’s sports.

“If there had been a man on my team in high school, I would have quit, and I would literally have nothing,” she told The Post. “I would never have gotten into a good college. My entire life would have been derailed.

“If even one girl is discouraged from competing in sports over this, we’ve failed,” Scanlan added. “It’s so important to give girls these same opportunities.”

In retrospect, Scanlan said the decision to allow Thomas to change in the main locker room rather than an individual family bathroom was made without any meaningful solicitation of input from her teammates, most of whom she believes shared her reservations.

“If we had had more open conversations and more discussions, so much of this could have been avoided,” she said.

She said those who disagree with her have pummeled her with insults and accusations of transphobia.

“Telling me I’m transphobic doesn’t change my beliefs. It doesn’t change how I felt. It doesn’t change the nightmares I was having,” she said. “It’s just an excuse.”

“Most people on the other side of this issue have never come up with a single constructive thing to say to me. They just name call.”

“We didn’t end up being in any real true danger in that locker room,” she said.

“But what’s scarier for me is what we’re inviting as a society by allowing this. We’re inviting any man that might have bad intentions to come in.

“Just because Lia didn’t have bad intentions doesn’t mean that someone else doesn’t.”

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