What’s Current: Police say machete killing at Toronto massage parlour was ‘incel’ terror attack

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  • An attack that took place three months ago at a massage parlour in Toronto is now being treated as an act of incel terrorism. One woman was killed and another two were injured in the attack, and following evidence of the perpetrator’s involvement in the incel movement, the RCMP and Toronto Police Service released a joint statement notifying that the charges had been updated:

“[The defendant] was inspired by the Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremist (IMVE) movement commonly known as INCEL. As a result, federal and provincial Attorney Generals have consented to commence terrorism proceedings, alleging that the murder was terrorist activity … and the attempted murder was terrorist activity.”

  • On Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament voted to ban changes to sex descriptors on legal documents. Responding to criticism from Amnesty International that the decision marked a return to the “dark ages,” the government defended the law in a statement:

“[The law] does not affect men’s and women’s right to freely experience and exercise their identities as they wish… In no way does the relevant section of the bill that some people criticize prevent any person from exercising their fundamental rights arising from their human dignity or from living according their identity, just as the state cannot normatively instruct anybody what to think.”

  • A New Zealand survey commissioned by the Ministry of Justice found that 94 per cent of sexual assaults remain unreported to the police and only 15 per cent of those who had been sexually abused considered the experience a crime.
  • Two Korean pop stars found guilty of gang rape and spycam crimes had their prison sentences significantly reduced by the Seoul High Court on Tuesday. 
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.