What’s Current: Brooklyn prison guards charged with sexually abusing female inmates

Two supervisors and a guard at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn have been criminally charged with the sexual abuse of nine female inmates:

“Prosecutors say one lieutenant repeatedly raped an inmate shortly before she was scheduled to be turned over to immigration authorities and deported. Another lieutenant is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing inmates assigned to clean his office, or the hallway nearby. A third man, a rank-and-file corrections officer, who was also charged on Thursday, is accused of receiving oral sex from three inmates….The two lieutenants, Carlos Richard Martinez and Eugenio Perez, were responsible for educating their subordinates about their duties under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a 2003 law.”

A California judge has issued an arrest warrant for hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury because he has not paid any of the $6.8 million in damages awarded to Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, his former lawyer, who successfully sued him for gender discrimination, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment last year.

Menstruating women in Nepal women are still being subjected to seclusion, segregation, and sometimes death, in dangerous “menstrual huts.”

A memorial service is being held today for Jennifer Kempton, who passed away last week. She was a survivor of prostitution who founded the organization Survivors Ink, — which supported other trafficked and prostituted women — and an activist who fought for abolition.

Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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