What’s Current: UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee connects porn and street harassment

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  • The UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee has completed a nine month investigation into street harassment of women and girls. They concluded that it is both relentless and normalized, and made seven recommendations for how to tackle it, including looking into the harms of pornography and requiring universities to ban harassment on campuses.
  • Edmonton police plan to allow residents of the city to report sexual assault online, to try and make the process more accessible and less intimidating for victims.
  • Sussex police are concerned that tens of thousands of domestic violence victims in the UK are at risk because protection orders issued by civil courts aren’t always logged with local police or shared in a central database.
  • In a statement, Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles promises to investigate the death of Kira Johnson, a black woman who died of a hemorrhage following the birth of her second child. 11 Alive reports that “For every 13 white women who die during pregnancy or within one year of giving birth, there are 44 black women. More than half of all deaths have been deemed preventable by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
  • Australian plastic surgeons are using “soft-porn images” to market their services online.

 

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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  • will

    The quote is deeply offensive.

    To cite that such an obviously needed registry “will require substantial investment” as a problem is to say that the protection of women and children from violent men does not merit a substantial investment. The misogyny behind this statement is clear. The speaker is saying that the extremely high number of murdered and abused women in the UK is perfectly acceptable and that it is “unreasonable” for female citizens to expect basic effective police protection.

    It is an outrageous and unacceptable position. I have a fantasy that all female taxpayers in the UK would hold a public tax strike until Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe either snaps out of her apologist haze or steps down.

    • lk

      You really summed up why the quote bothered me so much. I think it also bothered me because of just how honest it is and I can’t help but wonder how many police officers (not only in the UK, but globally) think that issues of DV, protecting women/children are not really high priority concerns.

      The chief says: “may lead to unreasonable expectations of policing to enforce matters well beyond our remit of safety and justice.”

      What?! I don’t think it is at all unreasonable for police to enforce NMO’s or to protect women and children from men who have been ordered to stay away from them.

      I thought protecting people from harm is a big part of what policing is supposed to be about?