What’s Current: Spanish women protest release of ‘wolf pack’ rapists

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  • Spanish women are protesting the release of five men who perpetrated a gang sexual assault on an 18-year-old woman in Pamplona two years ago. The men — who called themselves the “the pack” — were convicted of sexual abuse but acquitted of rape in April. They have been released on bail while the appeal of their conviction and sentence moves through the courts.
  • In Vancouver, former massage therapist Bodhi Jones has been charged with four counts of sexual assault related to attacks on his female clients in 2016 and 2017. Police are encouraging other women who may have been victimized by Jones to come forward.
  • Women who worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres told the BBC that they witnessed their male colleagues buying women in prostitution and trading medication for sex while on assignment in Africa.
  • According to a recent study, police reports of domestic violence in England increase after the team plays a World Cup match, regardless of the outcome. When England loses a game, the rate of increase is 38 per cent. When they win or draw, it’s 26 per cent.
Lisa Steacy
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.

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  • Jessica

    Love that the author of the domestic violence article managed to write the entire thing without ever using the word ‘men’. Really impressive use of the passive voice.

    • Cassandra

      I always wonder how many male editors and ultimately male publishers dictate this.

  • Rachel

    That story about the aide workers makes me sick. Not sure why it surprises me so much to hear of predatory stories of men. It really shouldn’t anymore, as it’s so widespread.

  • Tobysgirl

    Wolves do not rape. When are we going to learn that the worst insult we can call someone is HUMAN?

  • Gundog

    Don’t forget about consuming massive amounts of booze during the game. Nothing combines quite like adversarial hypermasculine emotions and being black out drunk. Don’t forget to throw in a dash of scantily clad women to get the juices flowing too. Professional sports are awful.