[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 13 08:47:38 SAST 2006

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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 <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Study reveals global child abuse
BBC News 12 October 2006
A shocking picture of physical, sexual and psychological violence being perpetrated against children on a daily basis has been revealed in a UN report

Violence Against Women 'Pervasive': UN Report
Japan Today, 11 October, 2006

Violence against women is "severe and pervasive" worldwide with one in three women subjected to intimate partner abuse during her lifetime, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday. 

ZIMBABWE: Gender activists protest MP's anti-women remarks
IRIN News, 11 October 2006
Women's organisations are outraged by an opposition parliamentarian who urged the national assembly not to pass a bill aimed at stamping out domestic violence, because women were inferior to men.

SOUTH AFRICA: Communities empowered to protect children
IRIN News 11 October 2006
A project in South Africa's coastal Western Cape Province is trying to empower communities to protect their children from violence and substance abuse.

For new program, men key to rape prevention
ASU Web Devil, 11 October 2006
New campus group seeks to end sexual violence through male education

Not a minor issue at all
Hindustan Times - India, 11 October 2006
A veil of silence covers violence against children. Yet, abuses are so pervasive that no country can ignore them, and no society can claim to be immune from them.... In 2002, 150 million girls and 73 million boys experienced forced sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual violence....

Assault Gets Even Uglier
Campus Progress - Washington,DC,USA, 10 October 2006
The issue of sexual violence erupted into political controversy at William and Mary last year as a greater than usual number of women came forward with reports of sexual assault. A 1998 U.S. Department of Justice study found that in a typical academic year, three percent of college women report a rape or attempted rape. Yet only three sexual assaults were reported at William and Mary in 2004-on a campus of 7,500 students.

CANADA - ABORIGINAL WOMEN AT RISK:  Balloons Marked Native Women Victims of Violence
Edmonton Sun 10 October, 2006
Jo-Ann Daniels's outrage echoed off the high-rise office buildings surrounding Churchill Square. Her barely contained anger radiated over the small crowd clutching white balloons, ready to be released like prayers to the heavens. On each balloon was the name of a native woman who had been victimized by violence.

Report: Nations are not sufficiently preventing widespread violence against women
International Herald Tribune - France, 10 October 2006
UNITED NATIONS Nearly 60 percent of women in Ethiopia are subject to sexual violence by a partner. Domestic violence and rape account for 19 percent of disease in women in developed countries. And in Colombia, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every six days, a study from the United Nations said Tuesday

Annan Calls for More Political Will to Combat Scourge of Violence Against Women 
UN News Service, 9 October 2006
Condemning widespread global violence against women as a human rights violation, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for more political will and financial resources to fight the scourge, warning that as long as such acts continue there will be no real progress towards equality, development and peace. 

UNH center fights federal violence stats
Portsmouth Herald News - Portsmouth,NH,USA, 9 October 2006
DURHAM -- College-age women are at a higher risk of becoming victims of sexual violence than at nearly any other time in their lives. ...

UN Reports Sharp Rise in Violence Against Women, Girls in Darfur
Voice of America - USA, 9 October 2006
The United Nations says sexual violence against women and girls in Sudan's troubled Darfur region has soared in recent months, along with an overall deterioration of security

Violence Against Women a Global Problem
Fox 28 - South Bend,IN,USA, 9 October 2006
In most of the world, 29 percent to 62 percent of women have suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner. More often than not, the violence is severe. For half of these women, the abuse continues.  The appalling numbers come from a remarkable study led by World Health Organization researchers Claudia Garcia-Moreno, MD; Henrica A.F.M. Jansen, PhD; and colleagues. 

Côte d'Ivoire: Impunity Lays the Ground for Sexual Abuse
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 9 October 2006
Increasing sexual violence in Côte d'Ivoire has prompted rights organisations to call for an end to a culture of impunity which they claim has encouraged this trend -- particularly as concerns the military.

Indonesian Government Imposes Ban Against Female Genital Cutting
Medical News Today 9 October 2006
Doctors and nurses in Indonesia have been barred from performing 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 -- under a notice issued by the government, a Ministry of Health official announced on Wednesday, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports (AP/International Herald Tribune, 10/4).

UN Investigates Trafficking Trail
Gulf Daily News, 8th October 2006
A United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur will be visiting Bahrain next month to investigate human trafficking.  Bangladesh human rights lawyer Sigma Huda will meet government officials, non-government organisations, shelter home representatives and survivors, to assess the prevalence of trafficking in Bahrain and see what legal and social assistance is available.

"Protection" as Hype: Non-Sex Scandal Trumps Presidential Powergrab
OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USA, 8 October 2006
I suppose it could just be coincidence that the latest 'sex scandal'--that of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fl)--hit the news the day after Congress passed the Military Commissions Act (MCA). It's certainly not at all unusual that the corporate-media is giving Foley, detailed, wall-to-wall coverage, while barely mentioning the MCA and not explaining what the bill means.

UN high commissioner for human rights lambasts violence against children
IRNA - Iran, 8 October 2006
A veil of silence covers violence against children, yet abuses are so pervasive that no country can ignore them, and no society can claim to be immune from them, Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights wrote in an article.

Women Dressed As Brides March Against Domestic Violence 
NY1 News, 6 October 2006
Hundreds of women dressed as brides took to the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx Tuesday to protest domestic violence

WHO Survey Reveals Women Are At Highest Risk Of Violence From Intimate Partner
All Headline News - USA, 6 October 2006
A survey by the World Health Organization, involving 24,000 women from 11 countries, revealed that women are more likely to suffer physical or sexual violence from their intimate partners than other perpetrators.

Improved support for victims of sexual violence
eGov monitor - London,UK 6 October 2006
A new network of expert advisors to give victims of sexual violence better care and support at every stage of the criminal justice process was unveiled today by Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker. 

Weeks Before Being Slain by Boyfriend, Woman Told Judge He Hadn't Hurt Her
Washington Post, 5 October 2006
The Prince George's County judge who denied an application for a protective order by a Fort Washington woman later killed by her boyfriend rejected the request because the woman said she had not been physically harmed or threatened, according to an audio recording of the hearing.

Rape risk spirals for Darfur women 
BBC News, Kutum 4 October 2006
Hawa was raped in broad daylight, the way it often happens here in northern Darfur.

Hi-Tech Stalking Devices Extend Abusers' Reach
WomensENews, 1 October 2006
As Sherri Peak ran errands in suburban Seattle, she often saw her estranged husband in the rearview mirror of her Toyota Land Cruiser. Robert M. Peak showed up at her Bellevue business, at restaurants, at shops in downtown Seattle, and at the homes of co-workers.

ERITREA: Renewed Efforts to Outlaw Female Genital Mutilation
IRIN News, 4 October 2006
Women in Eritrea have joined a nationwide campaign to try to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) by lobbying for a law to ban the practice and raise mass awareness among the population, an official at the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) said on Wednesday.

Indonesia bars doctors from female genital cutting
Reuters, 4 October 2006
Doctors and nurses in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, can no longer perform female genital cutting, a senior Health Ministry official said on Wednesday.

SOMALIA: Puntland arrests traffickers and deports migrants
IRIN News, 3 October 2006
Authorities in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, have begun a campaign to detain and repatriate would-be migrants waiting to be smuggled into Yemen and the Gulf states, Puntland's deputy police chief said on Tuesday.

US killer in sex abuse confession
BBC News 3 October 2006
A gunman who attacked a US Amish school said he molested two young members of his family 20 years ago.

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma slammed for views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage
IRIN News 27 September 2006
Outraged human rights activists have slammed former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma's condemnation of same-sex marriages

Death Penalty:  "Swara" Killings in Pakistan Continue
IPS News 27 September 2006
In 2005, 17-year-old Rubina Bibi died under mysterious circumstances after eating a meal in the small village of Kas Koroona, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP). She was living at the time in an animal shed -- the only place where her in-laws would allow her to stay.

Iran: Seven Women Risk Death by Stoning 
Amnesty International, 27 September, 2006 
Syv kvinner er dømt til døden ved steining for utroskap. De er også dømt for ulike lovbrudd som prostitusjon og medvirkning til drap, men det er utroskapet som har ført til henrettelsesdommen. Send en appell.

200,000 Nepalese Women Being Held in Indian Brothels: Report
NewKerala.com 24 September 2006
Up to 200,000 Nepalese women and girls are being held against their will in Indian brothels, with roughly 25 per cent of them aged below 18 years, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Update: Anti-prostitution spots to be aired by Air France
Agence France-Presse, Reuters, The Associated Press, 15 September 2006
PARIS: In an effort to curb sex tourism involving minors, Air France will show a graphic video on child prostitution on all its long-haul flights starting in October, the airline said Friday


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