What’s Current: Spain’s Supreme Court rules ‘wolf pack’ attack was gang rape; increases sentences

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  • A landmark decision from Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that the 2016 “wolf pack” gang rape was indeed gang rape, not “sexual abuse.” The five defendants had filmed their attack, which in a previous case was used against the victim due to her distant and “passive” expression. The new ruling increases their sentence from nine to 15 years.
  • A 17-year-old boy in Scotland was removed from his classroom after disagreeing with his teacher about the notion of multiple genders. The student insisted there are “only two genders,” to which the instructor responded that this view did not agree with “national, school, authority policy” and that “not every policy is scientific.”
  • The Canadian government’s efforts to end child marriage abroad are “insincere”, according to McGill University assistant professor Alissa Koski, whose research found that Canada issued at least 3,382 marriage licenses involving minors between 2010 and 2018. Young girls made up 85 per cent of such cases, while the spouse was “substantially older.”
  • In the US, college-educated women are expected to make up the majority of the labour force by the end of the year. According to Pew Research, “As of the first quarter of 2019, 29.5 million women in the labour force had at least a bachelor’s degree, effectively matching the number of college-educated men in the workforce (29.3 million).” In spite of women outpacing men in education, the pay gap remains: a man with a bachelor’s degree out-earns an equally credentialed woman by about $26,000 per year.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY IS DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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