What’s Current: UK government set to ban ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defense

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  • A bill banning “rough sex gone wrong” as a defense for murder has been approved and will go into effect for England and Wales later this year. According to women’s rights group, We Can’t Consent To This, 45 per cent of such cases resulted in a “lesser charge of manslaughter, a lighter sentence, or the death not being investigated as a crime at all”.
  • Nigeria’s chief of police confirms 799 arrests for rape cases reported in the country since January. The announcement comes in response to a national state of emergency declared on violence against women.
  • A Vancouver woman who discovered images of herself for sale on a TikTok account dedicated to non consensual “creep shots” has been told that recording women in public without their knowledge and selling the content for sexual purposes is not a crime.
  • Women in Ukraine who acted as surrogates for the country’s expanding industry came forward to The Guardian, sharing stories of economic pressure, unreceived payments, and cases that involved women who were not allowed to keep the child they birthed after having a change of heart. 
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.