[Svrilist] SV in the News: 15 12 06

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Dec 15 09:16:40 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual violence from across the globe. If you would like to suggest resources to be included on the SVRI Updates or on the SVRI website, please email svri at mrc.ac.za. For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org.

Sexual Violence in the News:

Protecting the rights of rape survivors
Mail and Guardian, 15 December 2006
For many of us working in the gender-based violence sector, the defining images of 2006 will be those from the Jacob Zuma rape trial: headlines in newspapers promising details of the "15 minutes of delicious sex"; Zuma supporters burning pictures of the complainant outside the court; and the gruelling, humiliating cross-examination of the complainant about her sexual history in a packed courtroom, writes Liesl Gerntholtz.

How the Dutch protect their prostitutes
BBC News, 14 November 2006
As the murder of prostitutes in Suffolk grips the UK, BBC News looks at some of the safety mechanisms being used in the Netherlands to protect local sex workers there from violence

Judge junks US demand; Smith stays in jail 
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 14 December 2006
ASSERTING national sovereignty, the Filipino judge who had earlier convicted an American Marine of raping a Filipino woman dismissed yesterday the soldier's request to be returned to US custody.

ANC sacks whip over sex scandal
BBC News, 14 December 2006
South Africa's ruling African National Congress has sacked its chief whip after finding him guilty of sexual harassment.

WEST Africa: girls getting educated but also abused
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK, 14 December 2006
Child rights advocates are increasingly facing a dilemma: How to boost the number of girls getting an education while reducing sexual violence in school?

"Right of Choice". Violence Against Women Pervasive Problem
Право Выбора - Баку,Azerbaijan, 14 December 2006
Painting a grim picture of violence against women in all parts of the world, a new United Nations (UN) report classifies violence against women, whether it happens in the home or elsewhere, as a human rights violation and argues that states are obliged by international human rights standards to hold perpetrators accountable.

Kenyan 'miracle baby' pastor held 
BBC News, 13 December 2006
A Kenyan evangelist who claimed to have created miraculous pregnancies through the power of prayer has been arrested in London by British police

Web Site Hunts Pedophiles, and TV Goes Along
New York Times 13 December 2006
Last month, the Web site Perverted-Justice.com posted news of the conviction of Sean Young, a Wisconsin man sentenced to 10 years in state prison for soliciting sex online from a 14-year-old girl.

First months on campus most dangerous for girls: Booze No. 1 drug used in date rapes - sex assault expert
ChronicleHerald.ca - Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada, 13 December 2006
The man on the screen recounts how he and his roommates "staked out" young first-year students, how he got one drunk on potent alcohol-laced fruit punch at a college party, took her upstairs to a room used when girls were "ready," held her down as she struggled, and had sex with her.

Rape used as weapon of war in Darfur-rights groups
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK, 12 December 2006
Growing numbers of Darfur women and girls are being raped, mainly by Sudan's forces and allied militias who use sexual violence as a weapon of war with total impunity, human rights activists said on Tuesday.

Rights of Iraqi Women Under Growing Threat-UNICEF
Reuters 12 December 2006
The rights of Iraqi women and girls are under growing threat in the home, school, workplace and political sphere, the United Nations said on Tuesday. 

ANGOLA: "Witchcraft" an excuse for child abuse
IRIN News, 12 December 2006
Makiesse means "happiness" in Kikongo, a language spoken in northern Angola. But the early childhood of 10-year-old Makiesse Jonas was far from joyous.

Zimbabweans in SA Make 17th Demand
AND - Johannesburg,Gauteng,South Africa,12 December 2006
THE Zimbabwe refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa have made their 17th demand to the SA government at the close of 16 Days of Activism on violence against women and children in Johannesburg on Sunday. The Zimbabweans demanded that the South African government must take into account gender-based violence in its foreign policy as it relates to refugees and non-nationals generally.

Gateways to Safety Scarce for Navajo Women
WeNews correspondent, 12 December 2006
The ancient Blessingway ceremony led by a medicine man on the Navajo Reservation takes place outside in the evening and goes into the middle of the night. It emphasizes everything that is good as opposed to evil. A special healing smoke that can release bodily tension fills the air.

Gender inequality deals blow to mothers and children: UNICEF
CBC British Columbia - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada, 11 December 2006
A new report from UNICEF says children around the world would be healthier if their mothers had more control over household decisions and finances.

Muslim Theologians At Cairo Conference Say Female Genital Mutilation Irreconcilable With Islam
Medical News Today, 11 December 2006
Muslim academics and scholars at a conference last month in Cairo, Egypt, said female genital cutting -- a practice sometimes referred to as female circumcision or female genital mutilation in which there is a partial or full removal of the labia, clitoris or both -- is incompatible with Islam and called for the governments of countries where the practice is common to make it a crime, the New York Times reports.

Women protest against Darfur rapes
ABC Online - Australia, 10 December 2006
Demonstrations are taking place in over 40 countries to demand an end to rape and sexual violence in Sudan's Darfur region.

Pakistani Islamists Protest Against Pro-Women Law
Yahoo News, 10 December 2006
Thousands of Islamist protesters demonstrated in southern Pakistan on Sunday against a new law that reduces the burden of proof on rape victims by allowing them to seek justice without the need for four male witnesses.

Experts Available: National Day Of Remembrance And Action On Violence Against Women
Medical News Today, 10 December 2006
Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes. According to Statistics Canada, fewer than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to the police. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) experts are available to discuss the health implications of violence in light of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6.

Women demand end to Darfur rapes
BBC News 10 December 2006
International stateswomen join in demanding an end to rape and sexual violence in Sudan's Darfur region.

The rape of Darfur: a crime that is shaming the world
Independent - London,England,UK, 10 December 2006
Halima Bashir is a survivor. She was tortured and gang- raped for days as a punishment for speaking out about an attack on primary school children in Darfur.

Manhunt recaptures Israel rapist
BBC News, 9 December 2006
Israeli police have recaptured a serial rapist two weeks after he escaped from police custody in Tel Aviv.

Public Shaming of Prostitutes Misfires in China
The Washington Post, 9 December 2006 
To local officials combating Shenzhen's reputation as a den of vice, it seemed like a good idea, the perfect way to dissuade provincial girls from turning to prostitution in the big city and frighten away the men who patronize their brothels.

South Africa: Shelter Crisis
Amnesty International, 9 December 2006
A woman, raped and thrown out of her community. A grandmother of 84, beaten and robbed for her pension by her grandson Women disabled and disfigured for life, shot by their partners, infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 

Senators propose to track sex offenders online
Reuters, 7 December 2006
Two U.S. senators said on Thursday they would introduce legislation that would potentially protect users of popular social networking sites like News Corp's MySpace from registered sex offenders.

Women on the Run: Female survivors of torture amongst Zimbabwean asylum seekers and refugees in South Africa.
SW Radio Africa - Zimbabwe, 7 December 2006
Thousands of Zimbabwean women have been subjected to several forms of torture, including rape, throughout the country's current political, economic and humanitarian crisis, according to a new report produced by the Zimbabwe Torture Victims/Survivors Project.

Public awareness campaign takes aim at sexual violence in Bolivia
Ipas Press Release, 8 December 2006
In Bolivia, sexual violence is an open secret. It's estimated that four of 10 women have suffered some form of sexual violence - including rape or incest - from a partner, peer, family member or unknown assailant.

ZIMBABWE: Women refugees in South Africa claim rape and torture at home
IRIN News 7 December 2006
The South African government has been condemned for its "complete silence" over the high level of rape reported by Zimbabwean women applying for asylum, at the hands of the security forces in their country.

Sexual Violence Defined
The Charlatan - Ottawa,Canada, 7 December 2006
Violence against women takes many forms including emotional, verbal, sexual, physical and financial abuse. All of these forms of violence are a means of control over a woman's life. 

TANZANIA: FGM on the Decline, Study Shows
IRIN News 4 December 2006
The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is on the decline in Tanzania, according to the results of a study by the country's Ministry of Health.

Iraq - Women making great strides in the Kurdistan Region
KRG.org, 30 November 2006
Under Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime, women in Iraq suffered considerably as victims of political rape and torture, as mothers unable to provide for their children, or as wives who lost their families.  However, at the same time some of them were able to attain positions that are still off-limits to many women in the Middle East, as employees, as politicians and as visible rather than hidden members of society.

Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses.

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