What’s Current: Judge suggesting woman “close your legs” to avoid rape removed from bench

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

  • The New Jersey Superior Court judge, John F. Russo Jr., who suggested a woman “block [her] body parts” or “close [her] legs” to prevent a sexual assault has been ordered removed from the bench by the state’s highest court.
  • Professional wrestler and cast member of popular Japanese reality series Terrace House, Hana Kimura, was found dead after being “cyberbullied.” She is believed to have killed herself.
  • Women and girls share their testimonies of cyberbullying with Morocco World News, reporting that revenge porn is on the rise. Men are also creating social media groups to collect the images and offering incentives for men to acquire more content.
  • The new CEO of LGBT charity Stonewall UK, Nancy Kelley, condoned the no-platforming of Alice Sullivan, a leading social scientist at University College London on the basis of “anti-trans views.”
  • On Monday, FIFA suspended the president of Haiti’s football federation due to allegations of rape and sexual abuse of girls at the country’s national training center.
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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