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PA Report: Backlogged [Rape] Kits Have Dropped By 97% : In 2019, Pennsylvania passed S.B. 399, requiring state police conduct rape kit audit. The 2020 report, released in May, showed that since then, Pennsylvania state agencies have reduced the number of untested rape kits by 97%—with less than 100 still untested.

Men Kill 17 Women in April – Evrim Kepenek (Istanbul)

Forced sex work. Men forced at least 11 women to sex work in April. This figure was 33 in the same month last year. Ten of the women who were forced to sex work were not citizens of Turkey.

Judicial process. There were at least 14 perpetrators who forced women to sex work. Only two perpetrators were arrested. At least 12 perpetrators were detained.

Explanation. The bianet Male Violence Monitoring Report only covers women who lost their lives as a result of male violence. We do not include any violence cases or crimes that are not gender-based.

Throughout the year, we keep track of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths of women in separate monthly tallies but do not add them to the number presented in the headline. At the end of the year, we examine these cases of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths to determine whether the crimes were gender-based. We add the gender-based incidents into the report.

CoVid Takes Lorena Borjas

Mexican-born Lorena Borjas has died in New York due to COVID19-related illness. She has been a staunch activist for the transLatinx sex worker community in NYC for the last 30 years. She started the Lorena Borjas Fund to bail folks out of jail, as well as Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo.