On Saturday, famed "Harry Potter" writer JK Rowling slammed a bill that First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon is attempting to pass—one that would make it easier for people to legally change their gender—and the remarks that she made in a Parliament session. The acclaimed author then shared an opinion piece that was published in the Scotsman on Saturday, in which a woman by the name of Susan Dalgety wroted about her past experiences with sexual abuse.
"That young girl was me. And on Thursday, I heard a woman, a mother, proclaim in our Parliament that there is no evidence that 'predatory and abusive men have ever had to pretend to be anything else to carry out abusive and predatory behaviour,'" she wrote, citing comments that Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison recently made.
"She spoke these words to the women and girls of Scotland, many who know only too well that sexual predators hide in plain sight, like mine did. That throughout history, abusive men have used their positions of power, their uniforms, their standing in society to pretend to be something they are not," Dalgety added.
Rowling posted Dalgety's piece to Twitter on Saturday, writing: "The most searing, heartfelt and courageous response yet to @ShonaRobison's astounding claim in the Scottish parliament that there is no evidence sexual predators 'have ever had to pretend to be anything else'. Susan, as a fellow survivor, I salute you."
In response to Rowling's tweet, a Twitter user by the name of Angie Jones said that a self-ID law in Melbourne, Australia, has made it so that "Men are self identifying in to female sexual assault recovery services. Say no and they take you to the Human Rights Tribunal."
"No more services for our most vulnerable women," Jones added.
In response to Jones' tweet, Rowling replied that the law Sturgeon is trying to pass will "harm the most vulnerable women in society: those seeking help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women."
The bill in question in which Robison made the remarks for is the Gender Recognition Reform Bill, which according to the Scottish Government, is "simplifying how trans people apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate."
According to the government's website: "The Bill will require applicants to make a legally binding declaration that they intend to live permanently in their acquired gender. They will no longer need to provide medical reports or evidence."
"Applicants will be required to live in their acquired gender for a minimum of three months, with a reflection period of a further three months before a certificate is granted," the government added.