What’s Current: Virginia doctor arrested for performing unnecessary hysterectomies without patient consent

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  • A US gynecologist is accused of performing unnecessary and invasive procedures on women to increase profits. According to court records, Javaid Perwaiz falsified medical documents and used the threat of cancer to convince women to undergo unnecessary hysterectomies.
  • Bolivian Mayor Patricia Arce was abducted from her office by a mob during ongoing post-election violence. The protestors cut her hair and doused her in red paint before dragging her through the streets. In a public statement condemning the assault, Vice-President Alvaro Garcia said:

“For these people, being a woman is a crime, being humble is a crime, having a skirt is a crime.”

  • A New Zealand women-only rape crisis center will now accept men for the first time in its 40-year history. Dunedin’s Rape Crisis center partnered with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust, whose chairman, Phillip Chapman, said of the decision:

“If you’re only working with female victims, you don’t get the most pleasant view of men. There’s got to be a switch in thinking.”

  • Director Roman Polanski denied the latest rape accusation against him that occurred when the victim was a teenager. In an open letter published by French newspaper Le Parisien, Valentine Monnier, a model and photographer, describes the assault as “extremely violent.”
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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