What’s Current: Protests in Spain after judges reduce charges for five men who gang raped a teenage girl

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  • Demonstrators throughout Spain and outside the justice ministry in Madrid are protesting the conviction of five men for sexual abuse, rather than rape, after the defense argued that the accused had lesser culpability based on footage taken of their victim laying still with her eyes closed.
  • A man who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl by a canal in Manchester has been found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.
  • The suicides of seven Indigenous girls in a year in Northern Ontario has authorities and community leaders taking another look at what can be done to address the pain of intergenerational trauma and recent abuse by a traveling Anglican minister and former police officer.
  • A widowed Irish mother with one lung and a congenital heart defect was forced to carry a pregnancy to term that she says has damaged her health and likely shortened her life, leaving her concerned that her children could lose their only remaining parent.
  • Kenya’s Film Classification Board has banned the Cannes-nominated film, Rafiki, saying that its portrayal of a lesbian relationship was “too hopeful.”
Natasha Chart

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