What’s Current: Head of New York City Ballet takes leave of absence amid sexual harassment & assault allegations

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  • Peter Martins, the head of New York City Ballet, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the company amid sexual harassment and assault allegations.
  • Several female massage therapists say they were harassed by Michael Sutherland, a Vancouver Island University student who is at the centre of a human rights complaint relating to his fetish. Numerous complaints about the man have been made to the police over the past six years, but no criminal charges have been laid.

  • Vice under scrutiny for culture of sexual harassment and “boys club” culture.
  • A trans-identified male who played in professional volleyball in Europe is now playing for women’s teams, hailed as the “first transgender volleyball player” in Brazil’s top league.
  • Two men 26-year-old men who gave two 14-year-old girls alcohol and amphetamines before raping them have reportedly been spared jail after it was deemed “consensual.”
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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