[Svrilist] SVRI Update: SV in the News 27 10 06

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Fri Oct 27 09:58:37 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
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Sexual Violence in the News:

Suspected rapists castrated, stoned to death
Mail and Guardian Online 27 October 2006
Two suspected rapists were pulled from police vans, castrated, beaten
and stoned to death in the Durban township of kwaMashu on Thursday. The
Witness website reported on Friday that the victims were thought to have
been part of a gang of rapists who terrorised kwaMashu, attacking 12
families in a single street.

Australia Muslim cleric suspended 
BBC News 27 October 2006
Australia's top Muslim cleric has been barred from preaching for up to
three months, after comparing immodestly dressed women to "uncovered
meat". Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali's comments, suggesting that women who
did not wear a headscarf attracted sexual assault, have caused a storm
of protest. Sydney's mosque association said the suspension would give
the cleric time to consider the impact of his words. 

India tackles domestic violence
BBC News 26 October 2006
A landmark new law seeking to protect women from domestic violence has
come into effect in India. The law also bans harassment by way of dowry
demands and gives sweeping powers to a magistrate to issue protection
orders where needed. Punishment could range from a jail term of up to
one year and/or a fine of up to 20,000 rupees ($450).

Sexual violence survivor shares her story at launch of campaign
Gazette.net 26 October 2006
''It's never too late to begin to heal," is one of the key messages of
the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's first statewide
rape prevention campaign, which was launched Oct. 19 at the Prince
George's Hospital Center.

Domestic and Sexual Violence: 1 in 3 Women coerced into sex, or abused -
abuser usually known
By (AND) - www.andnetwork.com 26 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.

PWO Condemns Sexual Violence by Burmese Troops against Palaung Women
Narinjara News 26 October 2006
The Thailand-based Paluang Womens Organization, or PWO, condemned the
violent sexual attacks committed by Burmese army troops against three
Palaung women in a village of southern Shan State in Burma on 9 October,
in a statement issued on 25 October, 2006. The incident occurred outside
Wan Pan Village, of Ho Pong Village Tract in the Loi Lem District of
Southern Shan State.

Man charged over house party rape
BBC News 26 October 2006
Detectives investigating the rape of a student in Manchester have
charged a 22-year-old man. Anthony Pryde, of Grosvenor Road, Whalley
Range, was charged with two counts of rape by officers at Greater
Manchester Police.  He appeared before Manchester magistrates on
Thursday. The charges follow an attack on a woman at a house party held
overnight at a property on Wilmslow Road last Friday, police said.

Rape suspect was quizzed before
BBC News 25 October 2006
A man charged with raping a 21-year-old woman in Strabane was questioned
about another sex attack in the town last month, the High Court has been
told. Dennis Hugh McDermott, 22, from Newton Place in Strabane, is
accused of raping the woman in an alleyway early on Monday

UN Gender Adviser Calls For More Action To Integrate Women In Peace
UN Daily News Bulletin, 25 October 2006  
The United Nations should do more to encourage Member States to adopt
national action plans to more fully integrate women in peace and
security issues, especially in countries recovering from conflict, the
UN Special Adviser on Gender Issues said today.

Garra: Football Player Remains In Prison for Sexual Violence
AGI Online, 25 October 2006
Dembele' Garra remains in prison. The football player, 20 years old is
accused of having raped an American student in the toilet of a disco in
Rome. The Court of Appeal decided this, presided by Giuseppe D'Arma,
turning down the request for repeal or modification of the cautionary
measure, advanced by his lawyer Domenico Naccari. The French athlete,
also investigated for kidnapping the student, admitted to have had sex
with her without any violence: "We like each other and we have made

Kenya: UN Boss Lauds MP's Bill Against Sexual Violence
The East African Standard (Nairobi), allafrica.com, 24 October 2006
Nominated MP, Ms Njoki Ndung'u, has been recognised for her fight
against sexual violence by being garlanded with this year's United
Nations Person of the Year in Kenya award.

Men exhorted to combat domestic violence
Toledoblade.com, 24 October 2006
A leading anti-domestic violence advocate said in Toledo yesterday that
little will change about the crime of domestic violence until it is
looked at as a men's leadership issue and the effort to decrease such
crimes falls on the shoulders of men.

Worker in care home rape ordeal
BBC News 24 October 2006
A teenager subjected a worker in a care home to a knifepoint rape ordeal
during which she feared she would be killed, the High Court in Edinburgh
has heard. Steven Malcolm's victim persuaded him to release the home's
elderly residents before he committed the rape in July

16% of SA men admit having raped women and most did so first at 17 years
Cape Times 24 October 2006
Almost a fifth of South African men have raped a woman at least once in
their lives, the SA Medical Research Council (MRC) has disclosed in
releasing its annual report. The MRC's Gender and Health Research Unit
interviewed 1 370 men between the ages of 15 and 26 about sexual
violence towards women. 

Father jailed for raping daughter
BBC News 24 October 2006
A 41-year-old County Tyrone man who raped his daughter five times and
subjected her to serious sexual assaults has been jailed for 15 years. 

The man, who cannot be identified to protect his daughter, was also put
on the sex offenders' register for life.

Adult sexual behavior with minors inexcusable
Arizona Daily Star 23 October 2006
Over the past few weeks, our community has learned of several incidents
of inappropriate sexual behavior between adults and youth. These stories
have reached us from the national level, as in the case of former
Congressman Mark Foley's sexually explicit e-mail communication with a
16-year-old page. Other stories have occurred locally, as in the case of
Veronica Bullock, who sexually molested a 12-year-old boy.

Worrying new trend in sexual abuse of children
Mail and Guardian Online 23 October 2006
Child-committed sexual offences processed by the state have nearly
doubled in the past year, the Star reported on Monday. It said 82
children are being charged in courts across the country every day for
raping or indecently assaulting other children.

Victim reluctance, secrecy obstacles to fighting domestic violence
Eagle-Tribune, 23 October 2006
Just over 8,000 people were victims of domestic violence in New
Hampshire in 2005. Of them, 7,610 were women.  Overall, the number of
domestic violence cases reported statewide has been steady over the past
eight years, with a high of 8,303 in 2003 and a low of 7,869 in 2004,
according to statistics from the state's Coalition Against Domestic and
Sexual Violence.

DRC: 'Sexual terrorism' in South Kivu leaves HIV in its wake
Reuters AlertNet,  London,England,UK, 22October 2006
In 2004 the United Nation's World Health Organisation estimated there
were 25,000 survivors of sexual violence in South Kivu, the Democratic
Republic of Congo's eastern province, but those working to rebuild
shattered lives consider this a fraction of the real number. "I have no
doubt that over 100,000 women have been raped in this province," said
Christine Schuler-Deschryver, of the German Technical Corporation (GTZ),
who remained in Bukavu, the provincial capital, during the war, and
registered more than 14,000 rape survivors.

'Rape victim' rounds on peer who named her as liar 
The Guardian, 21 October 2006
A woman who was named in the House of Lords as "a serial and repeated
liar" after a man found guilty of raping her had his conviction
overturned says being outed in parliament was a setback for all victims
of sexual assault.

Judicial report shows rising sexual assaults
The Standford 20 October 2006
Reports of campus sexual assault and relationship violence are on the
rise, according to figures out of the Office of Judicial Affairs on this
summer's Judicial Panel hearings. During the 2005-06 academic year,
seven students - five male undergraduate students and two male graduate
students - were reported for varying degrees of relationship violence or
sexual assault. During 2004-05, there were just two cases reported, and
in the three years prior there were none.

LIBERIA: Rapists go free
IRIN News, 19 October 2006
Liberia's chief justice on Thursday rejected calls for the establishment
of a special court to try rape cases following a United Nations report
criticising the country's high incidence of sexual violence and its weak
judicial system.

Lords Grant Asylum to Sierra Leone Refugee Woman in Fear of Circumcision

The Guardian, 19 October, 2006
A woman who feared she would be subjected to female circumcision if she
was returned to Sierra Leone had her asylum appeal upheld by the law
lords yesterday. The unanimous ruling by five law lords found that
Zainab Fornah, 19, who fled Sierra Leone in 2003 aged 15, should be
granted asylum because as a Sierra Leonean woman she belonged to a
"particular social group" in danger of persecution under refugee law.

Ethiopia: towards an integrated interagency response to sexual violence
ReliefWeb, 19 October 2006
Most refugee survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) never
get an opportunity to take a HIV test, obtain medical treatment or even
talk about what they have gone through. They may have difficulties
discussing what has happened to them and burst into tears during
interviews; others suffer from medical and psychological problems alone
and are quietly unwilling to discuss what they have gone through. 

NEPAL: Child Marriage Still Common in Rural Southwest
IRIN News 19 October 2006
Urmila Kurmi was barely six when her parents married her off to a young
boy only two years older. "I didn't know what marriage meant but now I
know that this is not what children should be doing," said Kurmi, who is
now 14 years old, and already leading an adult life.

A soul-searching mission
Guardian Unlimited, 19 October 2006
Allegations against Israel's president have opened up a dialogue on
sexual violence - one of many things the country needs to talk about. As
court officials began drafting the indictment of Israel's president
Moshe Katsav on charges of rape, sexual harassment and misconduct,
Israelis seemed preoccupied with the reputation of the country and the
image of its highest office. Writing in the Ha'aretz newspaper, Ze'ev
Segal called on Katsav to resign "to save his presidency's honour, his
own health and the public's faith in the institution of the presidency".

Awareness first step in making Homer safe from sexual assault 
Homer News Online, 18 October 2006
The violent sexual assault last Saturday of a Homer woman by a man who
forced his way into her home might be unusual as a type of sexual
assault, but sexual violence in general is all too common in Alaska.
Sexual assault by a stranger is rare in Alaska and nationally, according
to the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Poverty Forcing Girls Into Risky Sex Work (Ethiopia) 
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 18 October 2006
The nightclubs of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, reveal a thriving
sex industry, in which thousands of skimpily dressed young women trade
sexual favours for cash to survive, putting them at risk of contracting
HIV and spreading the disease.

Sexual violence against women and children remains a major concern in
Liberia: UN
/noticias.info/ 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.

Israel - Knesset Passes Human Trafficking Bill
The Jerusalem Post, 18 October 2006
In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Knesset approved a law to
strengthen and broaden laws against human trafficking. The bill, which
was drafted by MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) and supported by the
government, increases the time served for involvement in human
trafficking to 16-20 years. It also broadens the definition of
trafficking in men, women and children. 

Hidden Victims of A Brutal Conflict: Iraq's Women
Observer, 8 October 2006
Abduction, rape and murder are the punishments for any woman who dares
to hold a professional job. A month-long investigation by the Observer
reveals the terrible reality of life after Saddam.  They came for Dr
Khaula al-Tallal in a white Opel car after she took a taxi home to the
middle class district of Qadissiya in Iraq's holy city of Najaf. She
worked for the medical committee that examined patients to assess them
for welfare benefit. Crucially, however, she was a woman in a country
where being a female professional increasingly invites a death sentence.
As al-Tallal, 50, walked towards her house, one of three men in the Opel
stepped out and raked her with bullets. 
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