Larry Nassar: 265 women say they were abused by former gymnastics doctor
A total of 265 women have now come forward to accuse former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison last week, following the testimonies of almost 160 women who say he molested them. But now, a judge has confirmed that number has grown further, with scores more women set to speak over the next few days during his third hearing. Nassar has admitted molesting three women under the guise of giving them medical care. He is already serving 60 years in prison for possession of child sex abuse images.
Theresa May challenges Brussels on EU citizens’ rights
Theresa May has challenged Brussels over the rights EU citizens should enjoy during the Brexit transition period. Yesterday, she declared that EU citizens who move to the UK after Brexit in March 2019 should not get the same rights as those who came before our departure from the bloc. "Those arriving in Britain while it was an EU member state had 'certain expectations'," she said, and their full rights should be preserved. “Now for those who come after March 2019, that will be different because they will be coming to a UK that they know will be outside the EU,” she said.
Scotland to criminalise psychological domestic abuse
Scotland is set to pass a bill which criminalises psychological domestic abuse later today. The Domestic Abuse bill outlines a very specific offence of “abusive behaviour in relation to a partner or ex-partner”, including coercive and controlling behaviour. "Women have been telling us for 40 years that it is psychological and emotional abuse that is the most traumatic for them and the hardest to recover from,” Dr Marsha Scott, the chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid, told the BBC. “Yet for such a long time we had absolutely no tools in legislation to take their stories seriously and hold abusers accountable for the untold harm that they wreak.”
Drug to prolong life of patients with incurable breast cancer is approved
A revolutionary breast-cancer drug will now be used across the NHS in England. Perjeta has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), after five years of assessment, and could provide women suffering from incurable breast cancer up to an extra 16 months of life. It had previously only been available through the Cancer Drugs Fund (since 2013), meaning many sufferers were not given the option of use.
f1 abandons "grid girls" in the #MeToo era
Formula One organisers have taken the decision to ban the use of “grid girls” – typically, attractive women dressed in revealing clothes – to promote races, after deeming the practice outdated. The news follows announcements this week from darts organisers, who confirmed that they would no longer be using “walk-on” girls as part of their matches. Formula One bosses have reportedly been considering a ban for “months”, following the #MeToo movement. They will also stop using “hostesses” in the sport.