[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News 18 10 06

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Oct 19 08:24:51 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 <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Court martial in Iraq rape case
BBC News 19 October 2006
Four US soldiers are to face court martial over the alleged rape of an Iraqi girl and murder of her and her family, the US military has said.

Sexual violence against women and children remains a major concern in Liberia: UN
UN News 18 October 2006
Sexual violence against women and children remains a major concern in Liberia, according to a United Nations report released today, which also warns that weaknesses in the impoverished country's judicial system, including inoperative courts and inefficient investigation, are violating the human rights of both victims and suspects

Nigeria: UN Study Reveals Scale of Violence Against Children
This Day (Lagos), 17 October 2006
Violence against children happens everywhere, in every country and society, and across all social groups, a United Nations Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children has found. The report, presented, at the weekend, to the UN General Assembly shows that much violence against children remains hidden and is often socially approved. For the first time, a single document provides a comprehensive global view of the range and scale of violence against children.

UN Health Agency Launches Guidelines To Help Combat Violence Against Children
UN News, 16 October 2006
The United Nations health agency today issued a practical guide to help governments and aid agencies prevent violence against children by following up on the recommendations made in the in-depth study on the problem by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that was launched last week.

World Health Organization says violence against children can and must be prevented
WHO Press Release, 16 October 2006 
The World Health Organization (WHO) is today issuing a practical new guide to help countries prevent violence against children. Children are the victims of startling levels of violence, often at the hands of those who should be protecting them. This new guide, published by WHO and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), demonstrates that violence against children can and must be prevented.

Kosovo: UN Goodwill Ambassador Kidman hears chronicles of violence against women 
UN News 16 October 2006
Visiting Kosovo on her inaugural trip as a Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Nicole Kidman heard first-hand about the impact of gender-based violence and war, and said today that women must be central to any decisions reached during the current talks over the province's final status.

Violence Against Women "Severe, Pervasive" Worldwide, U.N. Report Says
Medical News Today 16 October 2006
Violence against women is "severe and pervasive" worldwide, with at least one in three women experiencing abuse by an intimate partner at some point in their lives, according to a U.N. report released on Tuesday.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=54043&nfid=al <https://bagend.mrc.ac.za/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=54043%26nfid=al> 

Why Aren't We Shocked?
The New York Times, 16 October 2006
In the recent shootings at an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania and a large public high school in Colorado, the killers went out of their way to separate the girls from the boys, and then deliberately attacked only the girls.[cross-posting Madre]

"Right of Choice": Facts & Figures on Violence Against Women
Право Выбора - Баку,Azerbaijan, 16 October 2006
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her. Violence against women and girls is a universal problem of epidemic proportions. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.

Police back Katsav rape charges
BBC News 16 October 2006
Israeli police say there is enough evidence to charge President Moshe Katsav with rape and wire-tapping.
Ethiopia: Ethiopian Study Reveals Global Violence Against Children
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA 15 October 2006
A 'ground-breaking' study, drawn up with the help of Ethiopian government and UN experts, has revealed the shocking extent of violence suffered by children worldwide, UNICEF -Ethiopia disclosed in a report on Friday.

Human Trafficking in Sexual Exploitation: Demand Side Seminar
IOM Press Release, 13 October 2006
Poland - IOM and the Polish Ministry of Interior this week hosted a European Expert Conference to review research findings and draft a plan of action to update and complement counter-trafficking measures targeting the demand side of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Annan Further Enhances 'Zero Tolerance' Of Sexual Abuse By UN peacekeepers
UN News  13 October 2006
Reinforcing further his "zero tolerance" policy for sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeeping forces, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a second group of legal experts to ensure that the rules are binding on contingent members and applicable to all categories of peacekeeping personnel

Ethiopia: 60 Percent of Women Subject to Sexual Violence - UN
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA 12 October 2006
Nearly 60 percent of women in Ethiopia is subject to sexual violence by a partner, a new UN report revealed yesterday. The report said violence against women persists at high rates around the world, and governments are not doing enough to prevent it.

Most Female Murder Victims are Killed by Someone they Know, Study Finds
Family Violence Prevention Fund News Flash, 11 October, 2006
In 2004, 1,807 females in the United States were murdered by males in cases in which a single offender killed a single victim. In more than nine in ten of these cases (92 percent), the victim was murdered by someone she knew. Nearly two-thirds of the victims who knew their offenders (62 percent) were wives, ex-wives or intimate partners of their killers. 

The youngest victims: Child rape survivors must have right to abortion
IPAS Press Release 10 October, 2006 
In 2003, the case of a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl made headlines around the world. Living in Costa Rica with her migrant worker parents, the girl known only as "Rosita" had been raped and impregnated by an adult attacker. Her parents and women's advocates struggled against the state and doctors who tried to force Rosita to bear a child - even though she was still a child herself. 

India's Streets of Fear
The Standard 10 October 2006
Late at night, a posse of young Indian women walk down a dark city street wearing spaghetti-strap tops and body-hugging outfits, defying the stares of onlookers in a country where a woman is raped every 29 minutes. 

Some Progress Integrating Women Into the UN's Peace and Security Efforts - Annan 
UN News 10 October 2006
Significant progress has been made to include more women in peace and security efforts throughout the United Nations system but "much more can and should be done at all levels," both at Headquarters and in the field, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the Security Council. 

Annan calls for more political will to combat scourge of violence against women
UN News 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. [Source:  Posting to SVRI List by Rouzeh Eghtessadi rouzeh at safaids.org.zw]

Child Custody With Abusive Ex-spouse? Study Shows How Women Decide
Medical News Today 10 October 2006
What influences women when they are making child custody decisions that will bring them into future contact with a violent or controlling ex-husband? Fear, pragmatism, and the belief--sometimes reinforced in mandated divorce education classes--that their children will suffer if both parents are not in their lives, according to a University of Illinois study in the August Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Trafficking of women and children is a serious human rights issue linked to migration and patriarchy
ActionAID Vietnam, 27 September 2006
A recent study carried out in Southern Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Taiwan (China) by ActionAid International Vietnam (AAV) found that trafficking often occurs within the context of migration. Many women knowingly weigh the risks of migration and still decide to go, but are vulnerable and can be trafficked.

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

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