What’s Current: Environmental activist to give birth behind bars after being jailed for self-defence

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

  • Environmental activist Siwatu-Salama Ra may be forced to give birth behind bars after attempting to defend her mother and child during a dispute that turned violent. People are protesting online under the hashtag #FreeSiwatu.
  • What message does the Belfast rape trial send? That women will always be blamed for incidents of sexual violence.
  • Denzel Bird, who injured a woman so badly during a sexual assault that she had to relearn how to walk and talk, will face sentencing today in Lethbridge, Alberta.
  • Survey finds that sexual harassment is rampant in the world of interactive virtual reality. Forty-nine per cent of women surveyed reported sexual harassment while interacting with men in virtual spaces.
Jess Martin
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.

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  • M. Zoidberg

    He beat her to the point that she is now cared for like a child. He gave her his disease. He put her in a FUCKING dumpster, like the garbage he thinks women are.

    No. This man does not give a fucking shit about anybody but himself. Crocodile tears. Wah! Nobody loves me because I’m a violent, junkie rapist!

  • Morag999

    “I’m just asking – WHY WHY would anyone even ALLOW the rapist – and that too such a brutal one – to even speak to the victim’s family or to the press and spew such nauseating nonsense?? WHO WANTs to hear what goes on in such a toxic, horrid brute’s mind?”

    Exactly. None of us (and least of all his direct victims) need to hear that a demonic male thinks demonic thoughts. We already know. We’re already sickened by his existence. So the last thing on Earth that he deserves is to have his feelings recorded, disseminated and heard by the public.

    And let’s be blunt: he should be dead. But since we’re not allowed to make him dead, we should at least make him silent.

    When we permit a violent sociopath to “apologize,” we in fact permit him to wreak even more sadism on his victims. And also to wreak psychological violence on bystanders — especially on girls and women. We’re always aware, on some level, that we could be the next female that a violent male chooses to dehumanize, bash, break and throw into a garbage can …