广东时时彩赌博案:Fury as breastfeeding mother accused of indecent exposure

STEPHANIE Joyce said she was left terrified when told by an airport security guard that her exposed nipple was “indecent” despite her breastfeeding her baby.

Janine Puhak
Fox NewsJuly 18, 201810:03am

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Stephanie wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to another woman. Picture: Google View/Stephanie JoyceSource:Facebook

AN AIRPORT has publicly apologised after an official reportedly told a young mother to stop breastfeeding on grounds of “indecent exposure”.

On July 12, Stephanie Joyce was waiting for her husband’s flight to land at an airport in Virginia, US, when she began nursing her infant son, WTVR reports.

“This afternoon, I was breastfeeding at Richmond International Airport and was told by a security guard that it was considered “indecent exposure” because my nipple was exposed and was told I could go to the bathroom if I wanted to feed my son,” the mum wrote on Facebook.

“I asked to speak to a supervisor and he told me that it was OK for me to breastfeed in the waiting area, but I should try and ‘cover up’,” she continued.

“This is wrong and illegal. I am compelled to post this and bring attention to the situation because we must speak out and stand up for our rights so this doesn’t happen to other families,” she concluded in a post that has since received over 400 reactions.

The next day, representatives for Richmond Airport took to the same social platform to apologise for the encounter, stating that Virginia law “supports a mother’s right to breastfeed her child in a public venue”.

Richmond International Airport has publicly apologised to Stephanie. Picture: Stephanie Joyce

Richmond International Airport has publicly apologised to Stephanie. Picture: Stephanie JoyceSource:Facebook

“The proper response would have been to advise the complainant of the mother’s right to breastfeed her child in public venues like the airport, instead of offering alternatives to the nursing mother in an attempt to mitigate the complaint,” the airport’s Facebook post read.

“We apologise to the mother for this unfortunate encounter. Additionally, in further response to this matter, the RIC Chief of Police, in communications with law enforcement personnel, will reaffirm and emphasise a mother’s right to breastfeed her child in public, the Airport’s commitment to the enforcement of this right, and the appropriate response to complaints regarding the exercise of such rights.”

Stephanie wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to another woman. Picture: Google View/Stephanie Joyce

Stephanie wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to another woman. Picture: Google View/Stephanie JoyceSource:Facebook

Moving forward, Joyce told Fox News that she hopes “that this never happens again” and that her story empowers other mothers, too.

“I’m a new mum, and this was a scary situation to have a security guard tell me I’m breaking the law while trying to feed my almost three-month-old son while waiting for my husband’s flight to arrive,” she said.

“I’m glad that I was able to stand up for myself and my son. I hope this gives other mothers confidence to care for their families as they need to, whenever they need to.

“Breastfeeding is in no way indecent exposure and no mother should be bullied into thinking this or that they are criminals,” she said.

This story originally appeared on Fox News and was republished with permission.

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