What’s Current: UNAids ‘grossly mishandled’ sexual assault investigation

UNAids crest (Image: Geneva Peacebuilding Platform)
  • Last week, UNAids concluded that allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Luiz Loures, a high-ranking official, were not substantiated. Code Blue, a group that campaigns against sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeeping forces, is calling the in-house investigation a “gross miscarriage of justice.” In an open letter to UNAids the group states:

“Every other institution called to account through the movement sparked by #MeToo is rushing to give survivors the benefit of the doubt; only in the United Nations are the victims hounded into resignation and despair.”

  • The mother of a sexual assault victim in Kamloops, B.C. alleges that her daughter’s elementary school tried to sweep the issue under the rug.
  • NYPD officers claim the “sex” was “consensual” after raping a teen in the back of their police car while she was in custody.
  • Journalist at The Atlantic documents the lessons he learned by striving for gender parity in expert quotes and sources.
  • Former Ontario conservative party leader Patrick Brown finally addresses sexual harassment claims. He tweeted: “#Metoo can be a tool to lift society and I applaud that effort. False allegations however undermine that good work. The truth will come out. Thank you to all.”
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.