What’s Current: UK man sentenced after filming himself raping his wife while she slept

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Newcastle Crown Court

A UK man who filmed himself repeatedly raping his wife while she slept has been sentenced to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration, one count of attempted rape and one of sexual assault. The victim was unaware of the attacks until she discovered the videos on her husband’s phone; he turned himself into the police after she confronted him.

New research shows that, in British Columbia, the opioid overdose crisis is “particularly devastating” to Indigenous women.

Jacinda Ardern became the leader of the official opposition party in New Zealand and she could be the next Prime Minister. Male journalists really want to know if she’s planning on getting pregnant.

ProPublica and NPR continue their investigative series on maternal mortality in the US by talking to women who experienced life-threatening complications, many of whose concerns were initially dismissed by medical professionals.

Elizabeth Nelson on how Both Lives Matter, an anti-abortion campaign in Northern Ireland, is hijacking the language of Black Lives Matter to promote the subjugation of women:

“Playing on Black Lives Matter is not just cynical, it’s offensive. A campaign started by three black women — Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi — to highlight the gross injustice and racial dimensions of police brutality in the US, it owes much of its strength not only to the mothers of the men and women killed by police, but to women of colour writ large, who bear the brunt of America’s institutionalized racism and sexism.”

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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