What’s Current: Investigation launched after convicted murderer allegedly kills Marylène Levesque while on parole

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • The federal Correctional Service agency and the Parole Board of Canada have jointly launched an investigation into the death of Marylène Levesque. CBC reports:

“The 22-year-old woman was found dead in a hotel room in the Quebec City suburb of Sainte-Foy last Wednesday. Levesque had been a sex worker, according to Radio-Canada sources.

The man accused of Levesque’s second-degree murder, 51-year-old Eustachio Gallese, had been on day parole since March 2019 for the 2004 killing of his former spouse…

… The parole board denied Gallese full parole last September, however, it extended his day parole with several conditions, including the requirement that he report any relationships with women, sexual or otherwise.

At a hearing into Gallese’s request for full parole, the board heard from the offender’s parole officer that while living in a halfway house, Gallese had been allowed to have his ‘sexual needs’ met.”

  • New research adds to evidence suggesting that women who take hormonal contraceptives are at risk of experiencing cognitive impairment.
  • Indonesia’s Aceh area created a task force of women to dole out public floggings to female offenders of sharia law.
  • A UK man pleaded guilty to knowingly infecting at least three women with HIV. John Rodney, a pimp, was aware of his medical condition and intentionally engaged in unprotected sex with as many as 50 women.
  • A study is investigating a coercive practice in Uganda in which men are demanding to be breastfed. The practice is now being linked to violence against women and health concerns for newborns.
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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