What’s Current: 16 women tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault by Trump

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  • A new short film features the stories of 16 women who have reported that Donald Trump sexually harassed or assaulted them. The filmmakers say:

“In the post–Harvey Weinstein (or Roy Moore, Louis C.K., etc.) world we live in, we cannot ignore 16 women who over the course of decades in a broad range of situations encountered the same pattern of manipulation, misogyny, harassment and abuse. ”

  • Canada’s MMIWG Inquiry has recently fired three staff members. Two of them — Morene Gabriel and Melissa Carlick — both community liaison workers, are speaking up about their abrupt terminations and criticizing the way the Inquiry is being managed.
  • In the UK, two men are on trial accused of manslaughter by gross negligence for the death of Megan Bannister, 16. The jury heard that Jason Burder, and Adam King, both 28, drove around for hours making “calls to escorts — working girls — and websites” while Bannister died in the backseat of the car.
  • According to a new study, feminist theory can help treat anorexia.

“Researchers at the University of East Anglia trialled a 10-week program with seven inpatients at a centre in Norwich. They used Disney films, social media, news articles, and adverts to talk about the social expectations and constructs of gender, how we view women’s bodies and how we define femininity. They spoke about the way we portray appetite, hunger, and anger, as well as the ways we objectify women’s bodies.”

  • Autopsies on the bodies of the 26 Nigerian teenage girls recovered from the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month have confirmed that they drowned.
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.