What’s Current: Woman required by judge to refer to male charged with assaulting her as ‘she’

Maria Maclachlan
  • Tara Flik Wood, a trans-identified male, is on trial for assaulting Maria MacLachlan at a feminist gathering at Speaker’s Corner last year. In court, the judge required the alleged victim to use explicitly female pronouns for Wood, at Wood’s request.
  • Julie Bindel reports on the abuses suffered by trafficked women in the Cambodian brothels of Phnom Penh.
  • Charges have been filed in India against several men involved in kidnapping and gang-raping an eight-year-old girl before murdering her and dumping her body, in what was apparently intended as a way to drive her nomadic Bakerwahl community away from the area. Local police are alleged to have aided the coverup by laundering the girl’s clothes before submitting them as evidence.
  • With the reporting ban lifted, press are free to report on evidence withheld from the jury that acquitted Paddy Jackson of rape, including evidence of bloody sheets, the location of a semen stain, and a pornographic video shared by the alleged assailants in a private chat about the incident.
  • Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been accused in an independent legislative report of the sexual and physical abuse of a woman he detained at his home against her will, and lawmakers from both parties are calling on him to resign.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.