What’s Current: Longtime activist Helen Steel speaks out about impact of Gender Recognition Act on sexual assault survivors

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In anticipation of the possible passage of the UK Gender Recognition Act, longtime social justice campaigner, Helen Steel speaks about the likelihood that the GRA will end women only spaces and subject sexual assault survivors to traumatic experiences, while trade union activist Jan Oliver has released an open letter to the Labour Party, expressing concern about their ignoring women’s concerns about the risks of male violence against women and children.

Five years after the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, her parents say that even changes in the law haven’t resulted in police taking rape seriously or making India safer for girls and women. Singh’s mother, Asha Devi, tells The Guardian:

“It has been five years now since we lost our daughter, but still we are suffering that pain and dying a slow death every day. We are waiting for the justice. There would be thousands of such parents like us waiting for justice in our country.”

Women around the world aren’t just speaking out against sexual harassment, but a deeply unfair and exploitative global arrangement of power.

Hundreds gathered for a #MeToo rally in downtown Toronto to protest the persistent sexual harassment that endangers and holds back women everywhere.

A Swedish court has convicted a man of rape for coercing and threatening girls in Canada and around the world into performing sex acts on camera.

Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • Can’tUnseeIt

    Wow she is so brave and I was with her every step of her narration of assaults from age ten on. The loss of freedom, the continual shrinking of the world women experience in the face of sexual assaults, and the constant threat of brutality ARE REAL for women (and for children) and define our experience as human beings in ways no man can truly understand. Thanks for posting Helen’s speech.