[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Sep 22 09:57:25 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 
svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>. For additional resources and 
information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org 

*Sexual Violence in the News:
*Crime trauma stalling recovery
*Disaster News Network - USA, 21 September, 2006
... Studies show sexual violence increases against women and children 
who become displaced after a disaster.

*Gov. Blagojevich announces nearly $20 million in federal funds secured 
for grants to help provide services to victims of domestic violence and 
sexual assault.
*IGNN (press release) - IL,USA, 21 September 2006
CHICAGO - Addressing dozens of community, not-for-profit, and business 
leaders at the Chicago Foundation for Women's 21st Annual Luncheon and 
Symposium, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced more than $20 
million in funding for grants to help provide services throughout 
Illinois to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

*From Dawn to Dusk, the Daily Struggle of Africa's Women
*Independent Onlin, 21 September 2006
It was still dark, not yet 4am. But outside Letenk'iel was moving 
already, rekindling the fire from the overnight embers.

*Zimbabwe: Campaign Against Child Abuse Welcome
*AllAfrica.com, 20 September, 2006
THE campaign against child sexual abuse that was launched on Monday this 
week in Epworth will certainly go a long way in curbing this heinous 
crime, which sadly, is a practice common both on and off school premises.

*Higgins Announces Funding To Combat Violence Against Women At Buff. State
*Amherst Time.com 21 September 2006
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the United States 
Department of Justice has awarded the State University of New York 
College at Buffalo a $195,719 grant for initiatives aimed at reducing 
violent crimes against women on campus.

*Former NFL player McPherson speaks on curbing sexual violence
*Kansas City Kansan - Kansas City,KS,USA, 20 September 2006
By NICK SLOAN. After trying to avoid being tackled during a nine-year 
professional football career, Don McPherson is now tackling the issue of 
sexual violence. ...

*TANZANIA: Early marriage puts girls at risk of HIV
*IRIN News, DAR ES SALAAM, 19 September 2006
Data collected by the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) shows a 
strong correlation between HIV/AIDS, early school exit, teenage marriage 
and pregnancy.

*UN calls rape 'a cancer' in DRC
*BBC News, Africa, 15 September 2006
UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland has called sexual abuse in the 
Democratic Republic of Congo a cancer "that seems to be out of control".

*For Darfur Women, Survival Means Leaving Camp, Risking Rape
*Washington Post Foreign Service, 15 September, 2006
GRAIDA, Sudan - The tall, light-skinned man reeking of sweat and 
cigarettes often gallops his horse right into the nightmares of 
Darelsalam Ahmed Eisa, 18. Each time, she said, he throws her to the 
ground, pushes up her skirt and forces himself inside her while 
muttering: " Abdah. Abdah. Abdah ."  Slave woman. Slave woman. Slave woman.

*AFGHANISTAN: Honour Killings on the Rise
*IRIN News 15 September 2006
A weak judiciary, a lack of law enforcement and widespread 
discriminatory practices against women are fuelling a rise in honour 
killings in Afghanistan, officials from the Afghan Independent Human 
Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Friday.

*Rwanda: Prosecutor Advocates for Justice Delivery
*AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 15 September, 2006
The Deputy Prosecutor General, Alphonse Hitiyaremye, has called for fair 
delivery of justice in cases of sexual violence against children for a 
peaceful society in the future which will be based on rule of law.

*GUINEA-BISSAU**: Proposed law could outlaw female genital mutilation
*IRIN News, BAFATA, 15 September 2006
The practice of fanado, or female genital mutilation, could soon be 
outlawed by a new bill to be presented to the Guinea-Bissau parliament.

*SOMALIA**: Crackdown on trafficking in Puntland
*IRIN News, 13 September 2006
Authorities in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland are 
cracking down on migrants waiting to be smuggled into Yemen and the Gulf 
states, Puntland's deputy police chief said on Wednesday.

*Congo-Kinshasa: Sexual Violence, Lack of Healthcare Spreads HIV/Aids 
Among Pygmies
*IRIN News, 13 September 2006
The forest people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 
marginalised at the best of times, were easy targets for the marauding 
soldiers and militiamen that reduced the eastern provinces to one of the 
world's bloodiest war zones.

*Prostitution Divides Europe: a Parliamentary Hearing to Find Common Ground
*Strasbourg, 8 September, 2006
At a hearing held in Paris on 13 September, Council of Europe 
parliamentarians and experts discussed a comparative study on the legal 
situation of prostitutes in the organisation's 46 member states. Legal 
in some countries, illegal and outlawed in most of them, prostitution 
divides Europeans.

*Nigeria**: Senate Begins Consideration Of Bill To Domesticate Cedaw
*Pambazuka News, 28 August 2006
On Tuesday 22nd August 2006, history was made by the Nigerian Senate 
following its first reading of an Executive Bill for the domestication 
of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination 
Against Women (CEDAW).

*South Africa**: Parliament Delays Child Rights Bill
*IRIN News, 14 August 2006
Comprehensive legislation that would prevent child criminals from mixing 
with adult offenders and provide rehabilitation alternatives remains 
unenacted nearly three years after its preparation. The Child Justice 
Bill, which received widespread public backing in 2003 and enjoyed 
cross-party support, had seemingly dropped off parliament's schedule, 
child rights organisations said.

*Uganda: Fewer 'Night Commuters' But Children Still Vulnerable
*IRIN News, 11 August 2006
The number of children in northern Uganda who take refuge in towns every 
night from their rural homes for fear of being abducted by rebels has 
dropped but thousands of children are still vulnerable, aid workers said.

*Sierra Leone-Double Victimisation: Some Women are Punished for 
Suffering Domestic Violence
*Amnesty International, 1 August 2006
In rural Sierra Leone, where 80% of the population live, only customary 
law is recognized. Sierra Leonean customary law forms part of the common 
law and is largely unwritten. Customary law allows men to chastise their 
wives under certain circumstances.

*UK - Young Woman Killed By Her Brother and Cousin for Falling in Love 
With an Asylum Seeker
*Flying Scotsman, 15 July 2006
UK - The brother and the cousin of a young woman who fell in love with 
the "wrong man" were given life sentences yesterday for her "barbaric" 
honour killing.

*CROP Monthly Media Scan - August:
*CROP has just released their August 2006 Monthly Media Scan which 
includes extracts of reported news items from the UK. Statistics on rape 
prosecutions in different counties are also included and The Sun (UK) is 
carrying on a campaign challenging the low rate of convictions. To 
obtain a copy, please write to CROP at crop at inbox.com 
<mailto:crop at inbox.com> or contact me off-list at svri at mrc.ac.za.

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