Gotopless organization denounces arrest of NYC woman taken to a mental hospital for legally going topless
Gotopless strongly denounces the arrest of a woman by the name of Holly Van Voast who was hand-cuffed and taken to a mental hospital on Sunday July 8, for standing legally topless outside of Hooters in Midtown, NYC.
Holly was standing outside of Hooters, preparing to honor with friends the 20th anniversary of the law that made NY a legally topless state (July 8, 1992) when the police arrived, hand-cuffed her and put her in an ambulance, treating her like a deranged person solely for going legally topless!
According to some reports, she had to spend 3 long hours in hospital for evaluation by a psychiatrist. This arrest is an act of pure insanity on the part of the NYPD and of a deranged society all together.
Are men taken to a mental hospital and evaluated for taking off their shirt? This is an extreme case of woman's right violation, of women discrimination, of human humiliation that cannot be tolerated in from a democracy that has the gall to police the world over human rights issues. NYPD must be prosecuted at once.
The GoTopless organization was founded in 2007 by RAEL following Phoenix Feeley's NYC court case on a public topless charge where she and attorney, Jeff Rothman, successfully sued the city for wrongful arrest, forcing NYC to pay $29,000 in damages..
We certainly hope that Ms. Van Voast will do the same thing, setting another precedent that violating women's topless rights will not be tolerated and that NYC is liable.
The next annual GoTopless Day is scheduled on Aug. 26, in honor of Women's Equality Day.
"Going topless is our Constitutional right based on Gender Equality " says Lara Terstenjak, spokesperson for GoTopless, "either men and women can go topless or no one should be allowed to uncover their chest in public".
We encourage all the women in NYC, where being topless is already legal, to exercise their topless right in order to prevent such insane arrest and psychiatric evaluation. To free one's breasts is much more than freeing one's mind from the cultural and religious taboos, it is freeing the whole society that has imposed silent codes on women who believe it is normal to be discriminated. It is about time to stop the insanity and the insanity is not the act of being topless outside on a hot Summer, the insanity is to have only men allowed to do so while everyone suffers equally from the heat.