What’s Current: El Salvador rape victim faces decades in jail for miscarrying as a teen

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  • A rape victim who delivered a stillborn baby as a teenager is facing decades in prison for aggravated homicide as prosecutors in El Salvador seek to prove she deliberately induced an abortion. Evelyn Hernandez, now 21, has already served three years. The retrial was adjourned without a verdict on Thursday, and is set to resume Friday at 9 a.m.
  • Negotiations over equal pay between U.S. women’s soccer players and the U.S. Soccer Federation break down. Team representative Molly Levinson confirms that players are “looking forward to a jury trial,” in a statement, adding:

“We entered this week’s mediation with representatives of USSF full of hope…Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior.”

  • German police dismantle a Darknet child pornography platform visited by hundreds of users which featured 200,000 illegal child porn entries. 
  • Women working in African garment factories, sewing jeans for companies like Levi’s and The Children’s Place, report sexual harassment and gender-based violence, with some coerced into sex with supervisors in order to keep their jobs.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board is reviewing its transgender inclusion policy in anticipation of a new semi-professional women’s league starting in 2020. The current policy allows transgender individuals to play based on self-identified gender.
Meghan McCarty

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