What’s Current: Cosby wants judge replaced because his wife is an advocate for sexual assault victims

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  • Bill Cosby’s lawyers filed a motion asking the judge presiding over his sexual assault trial to recuse himself. Because Judge Steven O’Neill’s wife, Deborah, is an advocate for victims of sexual assault, Cosby’s lawyers say that he is incapable of being impartial. Meanwhile:

“In the past week, Judge O’Neill has made two major decisions in the case that complicated matters for Mr. Cosby’s defense team. Last week, he ruled that five accusers could testify in addition to Ms. Constand. And on Monday, he denied Mr. Cosby’s request to delay the retrial.”

  • The U.S. Senate has passed legislation making it possible for prosecutors and victims to take legal action against websites that facilitate sex trafficking.
  • Inuit girls and women in Nunavik report being sexually assaulted by men who come to their territory from the South to work on construction projects. “Men come here, feel free and are convinced that nobody will be aware of what they are doing,” said Lizzie Aloupa, a crime prevention officer with the Kativik police force.
  • In Afghanistan, the government is seeking to take financial control of independently run shelters for abused women.
  • Toronto Police have announced that Essozinam Assali, who was found “with obvious signs of trauma” in her apartment on March 6, was killed by her boyfriend. He was found dead on her balcony. More than a dozen women have been murdered in “domestic” incidents in Ontario this year, overwhelmingly by current or former intimate male partners.
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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  • Blazing Fire

    Reg. the Afghan article:
    >> .. When we ask, ‘Why do you beat your wife?’ They say, ‘This is my right.’

    If by some magic an anti-domestic-violence law was passed tonight in Afghanistan, these very same men will say tomorrow morning “Oh, no, I never hit her. The lying bitch is throwing a false accusation at me.”

    So, ISIS rents out girls as prostitutes ans funds their “religious” war with it, but this Muslim government is NOT ok with a bunch of women staying together after fleeing male violence, with sliced noses & tongues, and claims that those women are prostitutes because they stay away from men (doesn’t make sense, right? A woman staying _away_ from men is a whore..?? And a woman with her nose or tongue cut off and can’t even speak is generating profits by prostituting herself? Oh, and by the way it is “halal” if the “jihadis” make money out of trafficked girls’ bodies).
    We all know this, but just saying again – when a man calls a woman a “whore”, we know who exactly she is – someone who dared asked for her basic human rights, and dared tried to save herself from male violence.