What’s Current: Surge in domestic violence expected as UK goes into second lockdown

  • According to the UK National Domestic Abuse helpline, calls are increasing, and they expect another surge in violence against women as the country prepares to enter a second lockdown. The UK government has increased funding for rape and domestic violence services, but women’s anti-violence experts say that it falls short of the need.
  • Serrece Winter, a Canadian domestic abuse victim, was jailed by Halifax Regional Police when she was too frightened to testify at the trial of her abuser.
  • South Korean women’s rights leader, Lee Hyo Jae, who took up the cause of getting recognition for the Korean “comfort women” exploited by Japanese soldiers and supported democratic reforms in Korea, has died at the age of 95.
  • In Turkey, six women are on trial for performing a dance to the Turkish version of the Chilean feminist song, “A rapist in your path,” to protest femicide in their country.
  • Pakistan is preparing to set up new courts, and higher-level police attention, to ensure that rape cases are dealt with more quickly and to arrange compensation for victims.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.