Similarly, when setting up mental health support for victims of sexual harassment, it's probably desirable to create a safe space for women for that purpose; but that doesn't mean there are not also male victims.
In both cases, there may be some unintended consequences -- siloing, marginalisation of minorities, barriers to wider sharing of relevant experience -- but there are also important reasons for doing it that way.
Surely lack of empathy is worse?
Let's just say it depends. Circumstance is everything
now a defining characteristic of both liberal and conservative
look a bit closer, scepticism is your friend, credulity is not