What’s Current: One in five UK women say they’ve been sexually assaulted in the last year

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales has been released. It reveals that one in five women were sexually assaulted in the past year, and half of all female homicide victims were killed by their partners or ex-partners.
  • Canada’s federal government has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit, originally brought by three women who say they were sexually harassed or assaulted while in the Armed Forces. The government argued that it has no ‘duty of care’ to provide a harassment-free workplace for military personnel.
  • Rob Porter, a staff secretary at the White House has resigned after both of his ex-wives say he battered them. Both women apparently told the FBI about Porter’s violence when they were doing background checks on him. Sarah Huckabee-Sanders read the following statement Porter’s behalf:

“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago. And the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I’ve been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.”

  • Gender-based persecution – which includes forced marriage, domestic violence and female genital mutilation — is the most common reason women seek refugee protection in Canada ahead of religious, ethnic or political persecution.
  • Michael William Bannon, a Vancouver pimp is being sentenced this week. In a victim impact statement, one of the nine young women he pled guilty to prostituting revealed that she was sold to dozens of johns in a single weekend. So far, none of these men have been charged.
Lisa Steacy
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.

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  • Amy

    S. Huckabee, how have you not had a mental breakdown yet with all that misogyny? If I was her, no way could i sleep at night

  • cday881@gmail.com

    Shouldn’t that be sex-based violence instead of gender-based violence?

  • Cassandra

    From the headline story/first bullet above:
    “…and half of all female homicide victims were killed by their partners or ex-partners.”

    It would be great if we as feminists started framing this in terms of exactly *how many* female homicide victims there were (or rape, or sexual assault, etc.) and how many male murderers that amounts to… for example, if there were 1,600 female homicide victims altogether, that means that 800 males killed their wives or girlfriends. So instead of the headline being

    800 Females Killed by Their Husbands or Boyfriends

    it would be

    800 Males Murdered Their Wives or Girlfriends in 2017

    I am not the first person to point this out, of course, but I will continue to point it out. In these situations the perpetrator has to be the subject of the sentence, not the victim.

    Why can’t *we* be the ones to start changing this—at least in how *we* write?

  • Cassandra

    I knew what you meant, and YUP. This “gender” business has got to go.

  • Cassandra

    “The government argued that it has no ‘duty of care’ to provide a harassment-free workplace for military personnel.”

    Oh, really? They may need to stop listening to Colonel Jessup.