[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
*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
*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
*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
*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"
*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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