What’s Current: El Salvador court upholds murder conviction of woman who had a stillbirth

Salvadoran women take part in a demonstration to demand the decriminalisation of abortion in San Salvador on 23 February 2017. (Image: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)
  • An El Salvador appeal court has upheld the murder conviction and 30-year sentence of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, who testified that in 2007 she experienced a stillbirth. Vásquez was accused of inducing a late term abortion and convicted of aggravated murder.
  • The RCMP has announced that they will review every sexual assault report since 2015 that did not result in a charge being laid. Nationwide, around 25,000 cases will be reviewed.
  • A 2013 police report shows that Curtis Wayne Sagmoen was accused of, but never charged with, beating a woman in prostitution with a hammer. The police report concluded “It appears [the male] was ripped off by a known Surrey prostitute. Neither want to pursue the matter.” Sagmoen is currently facing charges for another violent attack on a prostituted woman in Salmon Arm. The remains of a missing teenaged girl were recently found on his farm.
  • In the UK, Essex police are defending a social media campaign that features stories of women who “wanted to stay in a relationship where less harmful abuse was taking place” and who had “found safety and happiness doing that.”
  • Wayne Jones, a Toronto pastor, has been convicted of sexually assaulting three women parishioners. The court found that Jones coerced the women by telling them that “sexual intercourse with him was part of a larger spiritual plan”
  • The NYPD has launched an investigation into Russell Simmons after three women told the New York Times that he raped them.
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.