What’s Current: Department of Justice considers review of Newfoundland police force as sexual abuse allegations pile up

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  • Twelve women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against seven¬† Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers. In response, the leader of the provincial opposition is calling for an independent review of the police force.
  • Nigerian officials have secured the release of at least 100 women and children abducted in early June by gunmen.
  • Women staying in U.K. “quarantine hotels” will now have female guards whenever possible following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.
  • Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to Los Angeles to face sex-crime charges following months of delay due to COVID-19.
  • In the wake of the Sarah Everard murder, the U.K. government announces plans to combat violence against women and girls. The proposal sets out to launch a 24/7 rape and sexual assault hotline, tackle harassment in higher education, and criminalize the practice of “virginity testing.”
  • New research reveals 40 per cent of disabled women experience domestic violence from their partner, compared with 25 per cent of non-disabled women.