What’s Current: Karen White (born Stephen Terence Wood) jailed for life after raping women in prison

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Karen White
  • Karen White, (born Stephen Terence Wood), has been jailed for life after admitted to sexually assaulting women in a female prison and raping two women outside of jail. The Guardian reports that White admitted to probation officers he was sexually interested in children and could abuse a child and “think nothing of it.” The Ministry of Justice has since apologized for moving the inmate to a female prison, admitting to not considering his previous offending history.
  • A new study shows that record numbers of women of colour have won primary elections in 2018. There’s been a decrease in white male candidates, but white men still make up the vast majority. Campaign directors suspect this increase is due to influence from movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter.
  • More signs from Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull’s poster campaign have been banned, this time from the sides of Edinburgh buses. Exterion Media refused to display the signs, saying the message is “likely to offend.”
  • In an investigation on sexual harassment in five cities, Plan International has given women an app that allows them to map areas where they are most frequently harassed. The app also gives the organizations access to new data on female experiences with sexual harassment in streets that has is not recorded in crime statistics.
  • A suspect in connection with the rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, identified as a 21-year-old male, has been arrested in Germany.
  • Sade Sanchez was gunned down by ex-boyfriend Gabriel Ramirez in Brooklyn. Sanchez’s mother is speaking out against the system that failed her daughter, saying, “We made numerous police protection reports. Nothing ever happened…”
Meghan McCarty
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.

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