What’s Current: Woman leaves abusive husband, builds new home from scratch

Cara Brookins stands with her four children in front of house she built from scratch. Photograph courtesy of Cara Brookins via CBS News
Cara Brookins stands with her four children in front of house she built from scratch. Photograph courtesy of Cara Brookins via CBS News

Mother of four leaves abusive husband and builds home from scratch by watching YouTube tutorials.

Makeshift justice the only recourse for ill-protected women at South Sudan camp:

“It’s appalling the way the authorities have dealt — or rather totally failed to deal — with sexual violence, including by forces under their command. At times in this conflict we’ve seen patterns of sexual violence as part of military attacks and in some places it seems that women from certain ethnic communities are seen as fair game. To this day, there’s no sign of anyone taking rape of South Sudanese women seriously in the government or army.”

Hawaii Warden subjected female prisoners to “shame therapy”:

“The head of the Kauai Community Correctional Center came under fire after admitting he had humiliated female prisoners by showing them sexually-oriented films in an attempt to administer “shame therapy.” Warden Neal Wagatsuma denied he had shown porno­graphy to the prisoners, but acknowledged during a November 2, 2016 court testimony that he yelled at the women, forced them to watch films with graphic rape scenes — such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar — and filmed them while they discussed their sexual histories.”

Trudeau promises to house males in female prisons if they identify as requiring it.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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