July 19, 2024

VA Psychologist Reassigned after Publicly Opposing Men in Female Vets’ Medical Spaces

Clinical psychologists with the Department of Veterans Affairs faced retaliation and ostracization at work after they publicly opposed a gender-inclusion policy that allows men to access women’s medical spaces within the VA.

In January, Nina Silander, a primary-care psychologist based in Florida, co-authored with VA psychologists Edward Waldrep and Catherine Novotny an op-ed critiquing the department’s decision to begin enforcing in earnest a 2018 policy that allows males who identify as women access to female exam rooms and restrooms.

They argued that the VA’s adoption of gender ideology, which is in keeping with official White House policy, robs female veterans of many physical and legal protections.

Appealing to a combined 44 years of professional experience, much of it focused on sexual-trauma recovery, the trio said the policy would put the safety of female veterans, some of whom may be victims of sexual abuse, in jeopardy.

“We know that the perpetrators of sex crimes are usually male,” they wrote in the op-ed. “We view this VA policy as a betrayal of our female patients.”

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