What’s Current: New poll shows majority of Ontarians see prostitution as harmful to women and girls

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • A new poll shows that 75 per cent of Ontarians consider prostitution to be harmful to women and girls. A majority also oppose the decriminalization of pimps, johns, and profiteers. The full results of the Ipsos poll, which was conducted by the London Abused Women’s Centre in partnership with Equality Now and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, can be found here.
  • Recently, the Trump administration changed the mandate of the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, defunding legal services that allow survivors of sex-trafficking to fight to have past criminal convictions expunged.
  • Pregnant women in ICE detention in the US are being denied medical care and shackled around the stomach while being transported between facilities.
  • Earlier this week, former RCMP officer Krista Carle — who fought to bring attention to widespread sexual harassment within the force — died by suicide.
  • Photographer Kate Ryan has created “Signed, X,” a collection of photographs and interviews with women survivors of sexual assault.
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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  • Kathleen Lowrey

    I’m curious to understand why FC has not covered the story of Justin Trudeau having been accused of groping a female reporter 20 years ago? I don’t know how to phrase the question without it sounding like I am telling FC what to do — this is a GREAT site, for which I am grateful and I am *not* lobbing complaints.

    My question is more motivated by a sense that there must be a thoughtful rationale behind it. Is it because the woman in question seems not to want to speak to the events in question, so it is out of respect for her current statements about not wanting to be hounded (though she does stand by what she said then)? I just am puzzled and feel like there has to have been some editorial discussion of what approach to take, that it is a deliberate choice and I’d just be interested to learn the rationale.

    • Rose Knight’s allegation is serious and totally credible. That she does not wish to pursue it, and considers the case closed, doesn’t change her accusation.

      Once again as with Eric Schneiderman, Justin Trudeau is an even greater champion of #MeToo, and the Women’s March. So, with his bar set so high, and with his high percentage of women’s support, this presents itself an obvious Wedge Issue for the opposition. Such attacks are obviously hypocritical, but it’s the way politics works. Unless you’re King Trump, you’re more or less expected to step down or be viewed as weakened or a distraction while serving out the rest of your term.

      Should more allegations follow, then I think Trudeau will be in deep trouble. I have no idea how FC works. I assume there’s some kind of small board that decides these things, so maybe they’re waiting for the a second accusation. But this lack of coverage does seem both surprising and questionable.

  • Meghan Murphy

    There is sooo much we aren’t able to cover, unfortunately, due to lack of staff/resources, so we have to pick and choose… Considering the woman seemed not to be concerned about the incident any longer and didn’t want any further coverage of it, and because the story itself is lacking in details and, frankly, not all that serious, I didn’t see the story as particularly necessary to cover. Literally every single other Canadian media outlet is all over it. What I did feel I wanted to add to the conversation, I did at Al Jazeera, so didn’t want to repeat myself here https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/problem-male-feminists-180712071916509.html

    All that said, if anyone *would* like to write something on it, and has some kind of new/interesting angle, I’d be open to considering it.