What’s Current: K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced to prison for gang raping unconscious women

  • K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon are sentenced to six and five years in prison for gang raping drunk unconscious women. Jung has separately been convicted of secretly filming the assault and sharing the videos to an online group chat. The K-pop scene was engulfed in scandal when police began investigating Lee Seung-hyun (Seungri) from the K-pop boy group Big Bang in February.
  • A study shows that one third of UK women under 40 have experienced slapping, choking, gagging, or spitting during consensual sex. The Centre for Women’s Justice told the BBC these figures show the “growing pressure on young women to consent to violent, dangerous and demeaning acts.”
  • A Sudanese morality law used to restrict and punish women’s freedom of dress, movement, association, work, and study has been repealed following a transitional government decision to dissolve the country’s former ruling party.
  • The badly burnt body of a woman has been discovered in Shamshabad, India just a day after another woman was raped, suffocated, and set on fire by four men in the same area.
  • An Amnesty International report claims women human rights defenders regularly face threats, assault, intimidation, criminalization, and death related to their campaigning for women’s rights and gender equality.
Meghan McCarty

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