[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News
Sexual Violence Research Initiative
svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Jul 31 09:44:25 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
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*Study: Sex crimes in prisons underreported
*Jackson News-Tribune - Jackson,WY,USA, 30 July 2006
... "Administrative records alone cannot provide reliable estimates of
sexual violence," wrote Allen J. Beck and Paige M. Harrison of the
Bureau of Justice ...
*Benin Bans Sexual Harassment
*WeNews Correspondents, By Amusa and Moawad, 29 July 2006
The Republic of Benin's National Assembly voted July 17 to pass the
country's first comprehensive sexual harassment legislation aimed at
protecting girls and women in schools, workplaces and in homes,
according to the Women's Rights Initiative, a program of the U.S. Agency
for International Development.
*Kenya: Campaign to stop violence against children
*IRIN, Nairobi, 27 July 2006
Child abuse in Kenya had reached unacceptable levels, with sexual abuse
being "especially shocking", the UN said on Thursday at the launch of a
national campaign to end violence against children. The UN Children's
Fund (UNICEF) said 89 percent of rapes of children were committed by
family members or close family friends.
*Reforms to Protect Aged from Physical, Sexual Violence
*ABC Online – Australia, 26 July 2006
... Well, tonight, the Minister for Ageing has announced wide-ranging
reforms designed to protect older people from physical and sexual
*Gender and Mental Health
*Jamaica Gleaner - Kingston,Jamaica, 26 July 2006
Women also experience higher rates of trauma-related illnesses such as
sexual violence, rape, sexual abuse and intimate partner violence, all
of which may lead ...
*Child rapists walk free for a few dollars
*IRIN, MONROVIA, 25 Jul 2006
Alleged child rapists are paying their way out of jail while court
officials and police officers demand bribes and kickbacks from the
families of child rape victims who want to see their attackers arrested
and prosecuted, according to a UN report.
*USA** Legislation Backs Crack Down on Child Predators
*Reuters, By Joanne Kenen, 25 July 2006
The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Tuesday to
bipartisan legislation cracking down on sexual predators and child
abuse. The Senate approved the bill last week and sponsors expect
President George W. Bush to sign it on Thursday, the 25th anniversary of
the murder of six-year old Adam Walsh, for whom the bill is named.
*Peruvian President Vows to Address Violence Against Women
*All Headline News – USA, 25 July 2006
... The study found that more than 300 women have been killed by men
committing sexual violence in Peru since 2003, even in cases when
victims asked for police ...
*U.N.: More Than 250,000 Child Soldiers Serve Around the World
*Fox News 25 July 2006
"Over 250,000 child soldiers are still participating in armed conflicts
around the world and tens of thousands of girls are being sexually
*Children Bear Brunt of War Violence in War-Ravanged Congo, says UNICEF
*Canada.com - Hamilton,Ontario,Canada, 24 July 2006
... Congolese rape and sexual assault victims number in the hundreds of
thousands - epidemic proportions because of combatant groups deploying
sexual violence as a ...
*Security Council Reiterates Commitment to Address Impact of Armed CO
*ReliefWeb (press release) - Geneva,Switzerland, 24 july 2006
... Tens of thousands of girls were subjected to rape and other forms of
sexual violence. Abduction of children was becoming more systematic and
*Feature: Peru confronts escalating violence against women
*Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK, 24 July 2006
... Sexual violence against women in Peru is now so bad that Peru's
President-elect Alan Garcia, who takes office on Friday, made it one of
his central campaign ...
*Groups plan attack on Amnesty Proposal
*Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA, 24 July 2006
... from religious groups outraged by a proposal that would expand
Amnesty's mandate to include supporting access to abortion in cases such
as sexual violence. ...
*The Realities of the Lives of Women and Girls in Afghanistan Today
*The Times of India (Calcutta), June 24, 2006
In an exclusive with Amrita Mukherjee, Mehmooda, a member of the
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), gets
candid about the present situation of women in her country
*Peru Confronts Escalating Violence Against Women
*LIMA, Peru (Reuters), Monday, July 24, 2006
Marlin Mata has awakened from a coma she suffered after throwing herself
from a moving bus to escape two men trying to rape her, but Peru is
still deep in the nightmare of spiraling violence against women. More
than half of all Peruvian women over the age of 15 say they have
suffered sexual or physical violence by men during their lifetime -- one
of the world's highest rates.
*Iran Sentenced Girl Hanged from a Crane – Aged 16
*The Mirror, UK, 23 July 2006
IRAN - It was exactly 6am and the start of another blisteringly hot
summer day when 16-year-old Atefeh Rajabi was dragged from her prison
cell and taken to be executed. Every step of the way the troubled
teenager plagued by mental problems shouted "repentance, repentance" as
the militiamen marched her to the town's Railway Square.
*Child sex tourism
*RenewAmerica analyst, July 21, 2006
Child Sex Tourism [CST] entails tourists, mostly men, engaged in sex
trafficking by purposely traveling to known sex destinations, seeking
anonymity in pornography or prostitution, or engaging in pederasty with
young children and homosexuality with young and older adults. These
sexual offenders come from all different cultures and socio-economic
levels, many holding positions of government and religious leadership,
faithfulness, and trust.
*'60% Kumi Girls Marry Early'
*New Vision (Kampala) NEWS July 19, 2006
SIXTY percent of girls in Uganda's Kumi District drop out of school
between the ages of 12 and 15 years due to cultural norms. District
health educator Augustine Otella said most girls were married off at
tender ages due to the need to get dowry to look after the family.
*Bulgarian Mothers Tricked Into Selling Babies
*By Elinda Labropoulou and Richard Galpin, 18 July 2006
…..The European baby-trafficking industry is booming. Every year,
hundreds of women are duped into making the desperate journey from
Bulgaria to Greece hoping to earn money for a better life. Alexander was
just one member of a notorious criminal gang that makes its money from
trafficking pregnant women and selling their babies on for up to €20,000
on the black market.
*Peru: Poorest Women and Children are Let Down by Discriminatory Health
*AI Index: AMR 46/017/2006 (Public), News Service No: 168, 11 July 2006
(Lima) In a new report published today, Amnesty International revealed
that in Peru, discriminatory maternity and infant health services are
letting hundreds of impoverished women and children die every year and
denying many of them the right to an identity.
*Zero Tolerance for Rape in Congo
*European Women’s Lobby, 7 July 2006
As the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepares for its first
elections in 40 years next month, instability is on the rise in the
volatile east of the country and the EU mission has a duty to protect
women against all forms of abuse.
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