What’s Current: El Salvador rape survivor acquitted of stillbirth murder charge

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  • A young rape survivor, Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, who was suspected of having an abortion and charged with homicide after delivering a stillborn baby in El Salvador, has been acquitted of all charges during the retrial. 
  • Tehran authorities released four women arrested for dressing as men to attend a football game. Six women in total were transferred to Qatar prison, a detention center known for its inhumane conditions. The fate of the other two women is still unknown. Iran has banned women from sports stadiums since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
  •  A trans-identified male, Evie Amati, who attacked three strangers with an axe in a Sydney convenience store, had his jail sentence extended by five years. Amati is currently being held at an all-female correctional centre, despite currently undergoing the process of detransitioning.
  • Men are more likely to victim-blame women who are sexually harassed because they are more empathetic to other men. Researchers report:

“Accusations of in-group wrongdoing, as in the case of a man’s sexual harassment of a woman, may pose a threat to men’s sense of their gender group as moral. To reduce this threat, men may afford male perpetrators the benefit of the doubt and interpret events in a way that is biased towards that perpetrator’s perspective.”

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 DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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