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.

Meghan Murphy
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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