What’s Current: Humane Society CEO resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

  • Yesterday, seven members of the Humane Society’s board resigned in protest following a majority vote by the board to retain CEO Wayne Pacelle and close down an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed female staff. Today Pacelle resigned in order, he said to “put aside distractions.”
  • Dany Cotton, the first woman to lead the London Fire Brigade, has received sexist abuse and threats after calling for the popular children’s cartoon, Fireman Sam, to be renamed as Firefighter Sam, to encourage young girls to be interested in fire service careers.
  • The Red Cross General Counsel David Meltzer has resigned over his mishandling of sexual misconduct charges against another senior official.
  • The Canadian press continues to shame 15 year-old murder victim, Tina Fontaine, even as 55 year-old Raymond Cormier is on trial, accused of killing her, tying rocks to her body, and throwing her body into Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014.
  • A former psychiatric nurse in the UK, who filmed himself raping a three-year-old girl on his phone, has had his sentence reduced to 17 years on appeal. His lawyers argued that his 19 year and four month sentence was too harsh, arguing that the crimes lasted only a few minutes and there was no permanent physical harm to the victim.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.