What’s Current: Rome university student burned to death by ex-boyfriend

Sara Di Pietrantonio, 22, was killed by ex-boyfriend Vincenzo Paduano, 27 (image via Facebook)
Sara Di Pietrantonio, 22, was killed by ex-boyfriend Vincenzo Paduano, 27, on Sunday (image via Facebook)

Sara Di Pietrantonio, a Rome university student, was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend, Vincenzo Paduano, who set her car afire, then chased the 22-year-old about 500 metres as she tried to flee, setting her ablaze when he caught up with her. Global News reports:

“Investigators said her attacker used a cigarette lighter to set Di Pietrantonio’s face on fire after dousing her with alcohol…

….Prosecutor Maria Monteleone encouraged women “not to keep hidden any threatening behaviour by those who insist they love you, but it’s not that way.

Italian women’s advocates have been trying to change mentalities in a country where men often turn violent when a women breaks off a relationship.”

Kelowna RCMP arrest Jayne Ellen Heideck, 42, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with arson at a gender-reassignment clinic in Montreal.

Survey shows that 60 per cent of assemblywomen across Japan have experienced sexual harassment. The Japan Times reports:

“Asked about specific incidents, one cited a male assembly member heckling a female colleague, telling her to ‘ask questions after giving birth to a child.’

Some respondents said that at hotels during study tours, male colleagues intruded into their room and forcibly kissed them.

Some respondents said that voters touched their breasts and buttocks at parties, and that they were forced to pour drinks for them in exchange for their votes.”

DriveHer, a woman-only Uber-like service, may come to Toronto this summer.

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  • I like that there are no pronouns at all in the article about Heideck.

    • Morag999

      Yes, it’s crafty, but also very short. In longer reports, avoiding pronoun usage becomes practically impossible, or the writing becomes terribly clumsy.

    • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

      That seems weak. This person identifies as female, so shouldn’t CBC be using “she”? Yet they know what kind of hullabaloo THAT’S going to cause. Sometimes I hate CBC.

  • Hannah

    Lol the comments on the DriveHer article…didn’t realize there were so many men’s rights activists in Canada. I’m excited for this company to start up even though I’m lucky enough to never have had a bad experience in a cab. I would definitely use it.

    • northernTNT

      OFFS, the most popular one is a misogynist prick. Dude is clueless.

    • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

      Well it’s a CBC comment section. That’s a “safe space” for misogynists.

  • Lucia Lola

    I just get angrier, and angrier.

    • northernTNT

      You are not alone ><

    • Kendall Turtle

      Anger is not a bad thing, it’s a catalyst for change.

      Get angry, share your anger with others and get them angry. The more women who get fed up the better.

    • Morag999

      Me, too, Lucia. Enraged, and also heartbroken. Over and over. The picture of that girl, Sara, left me feeling torn up.

  • martindufresne

    There is an astounding book on male pattern violence from Italian professor Patrizia Romito that can be downloaded free from the Radical Feminist Archives: http://radfem.org/

    A deafening silence: Hidden violence against women and children
    by Patrizia Romito (translation by Janet Eastwood)

    This book is born of a contradiction: on the one hand, there has been a genuine advance in the awareness of male violence and actions to oppose it. On the other, male violence against women persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack against those who seek to expose it.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    I don’t know how I feel about things like DriveHer. I’m afraid it might contribute to victim-blaming, like “well why didn’t she use DriveHer? Everyone knows male drivers can’t be trusted”. I’m afraid things like DriveHer might make men feel MORE entitled to assault women who aren’t seen as “taking the proper precautions”.