What’s Current: Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault

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  • Earlier today Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand.
  • Tech companies in China are hiring women as “programmer motivators.” The job requires them to be attractive and charming, to listen to male programmers’ frustrations, and to offer massages.
  • Two UN peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations that they raped two teenage girls while on a mission in South Sudan.
  • The Trump administration has announced new funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. They are explicitly encouraging programs that emphasize “sexual risk avoidance” (i.e. abstinence).
  • The family of Jourdain John-Baptiste, who was discovered by a neighbour after having “fallen” from her balcony, is fundraising to mount a legal challenge of the CPS’ decision not to prosecute her boyfriend, who was arrested in 2015 for her murder. They say:

“Our campaign for justice for Jourdain is important not only for our family but for all those who have lost friends or family to domestic homicides. All too often we are seeing such cases dropped by the CPS due to their complex nature. Too many women die each year from this terrible crime and all too often no-one is held to account. We are challenging the decision by the CPS not to prosecute and we need your support.”

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.