What’s Current: Bill Cosby released from prison as court overturns his sexual assault conviction

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  • American comedian Bill Cosby was released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction for sexual assault. Cosby had served the minimum three years out of a three to 10 year sentence. He had been accused of rape and sexual assault by 60 women.
  • A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed an order denying Britney Spears the ability to terminate her father’s legal control over her as part of a conservatorship. Last week, Spears testified that her father was forcing her to use birth control despite her wishes to have a child, among other alleged abuses.
  • Japan is experiencing a spike in suicides among women, due to factors such as a rise in domestic violence and unemployment.
  • A parliamentary inquiry concluded that Police in London violated “fundamental rights” of protesters in their handling of a vigil organized in memory of Sarah Everard, a woman raped and killed by a London police officer.
  • At the most recent National Congress of China’s Communist Party (CCP), women accounted for just 83 of 938 delegates, or fewer than 10 per cent.
  • Hawaii passed legislation that bans the sale of childlike sex dolls and grants better protections for victims of sex trafficking by allowing traffickers to be prosecuted at any time.
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.