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  • Four current and former female prison guards have filed a $43.4 million suit against Correctional Services of Canada and the corrections officer’s union over claims that male guards tortured and sexually harassed them, while abusing their power as union officials to squelch complaints.
  • An Australian report says that 80 per cent of domestic violence homicides are cases of a man killing a woman.
  • An independent congressional candidate in Virginia has admitted to running pro-pedophilia sites, has bragged about raping his deceased former wife, supports “benevolent” white supremacy, and talks about eliminating women’s rights and feminism through legislation and rape. Incels and white supremacists have praised him widely.
  • A new UK report demonstrates the ways that abusive fathers use prejudices against women in the family court system to perpetuate their coercive control and abuse of former spouses and children.
  • Women have to wait longer from onset of initial symptoms, and see more specialists, before getting a diagnosis for serious illness than male patients, due to damaging stereotypes and prejudice against women in the medical profession.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

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

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  • お茶

    “There were no instances of a woman killing her female partner.”

    Hmm, but aren’t women the emotionally unstable ones???

    • TwinMamaManly

      You should see how MRAs in Australia fight against the realities of domestic violence, the 1 in 3 website (1 in 3 DV victims are males) encapsulates their ideology and how they try to reframe the debate as men are victims are too and women are just as bad/violent/dangerous as male perpetrators. And also fail to acknowledge that so-called women perpetrators are most frequently exhibiting violence in self-defence or as reciprocal. The 1 in 3 is based on a survey done by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (lending credibility) but is based on data that fails to acknowledge the context of DV and its frequency, severity and impact, including violence suffered after exiting the relationship, and is based on data gleaned from self-reporting “victims” – meaning women did not acknowledge being pistol whipped, thrown down the stairs, held at gunpoint or had children hung over a balcony as DV, whereas men claimed to be victims based on his partner shopping too much, gambling, not having the dinner on the table when he got home or *horrors* having a potato thrown at his head. This study will be invaluable for rebutting the BS 1 in 3 MRA movement.

  • TwinMamaManly

    He’s literally promoting hatred – isn’t that illegal?

  • TwinMamaManly

    10 years to diagnose? No sorry, that’s not acceptable.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Exactly! That little factoid is never mentioned either. Also that women overwhelmingly tend to under-represent and men tend to over-represent the level, frequency and amount of violence.

  • FierceMild

    “the state is a party to all criminal cases” is not the same as the state brings all criminal cases.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Thank you so much for this study. I will definitely be relying on this when engaging with the MRAs and #whataboutthemenz brigade. It absolutely shows what they argue is wrong and lacks context and is dangerous for women. Unfortunately they cling onto the top level 1 in 3 (based on a very similar study to the CTS) statistic, the complexities of DV they are either unwilling or unable to grasp, but your study will help me explain my position much better in future. Thanks again.

    • Blazing Fire

      Oh, sure!!:) You are most welcome! Glad that it helps!!:)