What’s Current: Fans of Irish rugby rapists take out ad demanding their playing suspensions be lifted

  • Supporters of the Irish rugby stars accused of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper ad to demand reinstatement of the men’s right to play. The ad in the Belfast Telegraph reads:

“As Ulster and Irish rugby fans we want these innocent men reinstated and rightly allowed to resume their roles for both club and country. The IRFU [Irish Rugby Football Union] should take note of the silent majority and not bow to the court of social media.”

  • Russian activists accusing MP Leonid Slutsky of sexual harassment are arrested while protesting.
  • The Progressive Conservatives have had to let go of another staffer over allegations that he sexually harassed his intern in 2013.
  • A Nova Scotia police chief will stand trial for the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.
  • The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has opened a new investigation against Kevin Spacey around sexual assault allegations.
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.