[Svrilist] SV News: 12 01 07

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Fri Jan 12 11:25:52 SAST 2007

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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 <mailto: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 finds increase in violent incidents on TV
Cox News Service, 11 January 2007
Despite studies linking it to aggressive behavior in children, television violence has become more frequent and graphic in recent years, according to a study released Wednesday.

Ipswich murders lift lid on violence against women
Socialist Party News, 11 January 2007
THE brutal murders of five young women in Ipswich shocked and touched people all over the country.

Detectives wait to quiz raped girl, 13
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 January 2007
Police are yet to interview a 13-year-old girl who was raped in broad daylight in a suburban Sydney park.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/girl-13-raped-in-sydney-park/2007/01/11/1168105080879.html <http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/girl-13-raped-in-sydney-park/2007/01/11/1168105080879.html> 

Raped girl's body found down cliff
Mail and Guardian Online, 10 January 2007
Police on Wednesday recovered the body of a 13-year-old girl who was apparently raped and then thrown over a cliff in Durban's Molweni area.

Not the first caper in the dead of night
The Inquirer.net, 9 January 2007
CONVICTED rapist, US Marine Daniel Smith, is now a fugitive; and the US Embassy, in collaboration with the Arroyo regime, is harboring a criminal. We call on the workers and the people to make a citizen's arrest of Smith and reclaim justice for Nicole and the nation.
http://www.inquirer.net/specialfeatures/subicrapecase/view.php?db=1&story_id=42342 <http://www.inquirer.net/specialfeatures/subicrapecase/view.php?db=1&story_id=42342> 

CAR: The legacy of rape
PLUS News 9 January 2007
Marie, Emilienne, Brigitte and Angela (last names withheld) were all raped during the conflict that gripped the Central African Republic (CAR) between 2001 and 2003, and are now HIV positive.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/YSAR-6XATSK?OpenDocument <http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/YSAR-6XATSK?OpenDocument> 

Turkey works to stop 'honor' killings
LA Times 9 January 2007
Desperately unhappy, 21-year-old Sahe Fidan left the husband she despised and sought refuge in her parents' home. They refused to take her in. A married woman can leave her husband only in a coffin, they told her.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-honor9jan09,0,5657150.story <http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-honor9jan09,0,5657150.story> 

Domestic violence monitoring initiative proposed by Rosenfeld is signed into law
Harvard Law School News 8 January 2007
Domestic abusers who violate their restraining orders will be required to wear a GPS tracking device, according to a new Massachusetts state law spearheaded by HLS lecturer Diane Rosenfeld '96. Signed into law on January 4, the GPS initiative was first presented to the Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence by Rosenfeld in early 2005.
http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2007/01/09_rosenfeld.php <http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2007/01/09_rosenfeld.php> 

Sex attack numbers soar
Belfast Telegraph 7 January 2007
More than 400 rapes were reported to police in Northern Ireland as sex attacks soared to record levels last year. The year-on-year increase will almost certainly spark further criticism of the Government's failure to adopt a strategic approach to women's safety. 

Several violence-related domestic deaths
Sunday Star Times, 7 January 2007
There have been seven domestic violence linked murders and suicides in the past five months

Simple life, violent truth
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 January 2007
It is a peaceful day. The sun is shining, the magpies are singing. An idyllic rural scene. But there is also darkness and trouble. Secrets lurk beneath the disarming quietude. "You often heard about girls being gang-banged in their own homes."
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/simple-life-violent-truth/2007/01/05/1167777279287.html <http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/simple-life-violent-truth/2007/01/05/1167777279287.html> 

US Church offers abuse settlement 
BBC News 5 January 2007
A Roman Catholic diocese in the US state of Washington has agreed to pay at least $48m (£24.7m) as compensation to people abused by priests.

Kenya: Male Participation Crucial to Reducing Gender Violence And HIV
IRIN News, 5 January 2007
Activists are calling on Kenyan men to become more involved in campaigns to end the widespread physical and sexual abuse of women and girls, a problem that is putting millions of women at greater risk of contracting HIV.

Press Conference By Assistant Secretary-General For Peacekeeping Operations On Allegations Of Sexual Exploitation And Abuse By Peacekeepers
UN Press Release, 5 January 2007
The reputation of United Nations peacekeeping was one of its most powerful assets, which was why the Organization had responded so strongly to the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse by its peacekeepers, and addressed it structurally and systemically, the Assistant Secretary-General for Mission Support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Jane Holl Lute, said today.

UN will enforce 'zero tolerance' policy against sexual abuse, peacekeeping official says
UN News Service, 5 January 2007
The United Nations, which fields nearly 200,000 people from well over 100 countries rotating through its peacekeeping missions every year, is determined to reinforce its policy of zero tolerance and remains constantly vigilant to fight the scourge, a senior official said today.

Four peacekeepers accused of sex abuse already repatriated - UN mission in Sudan 
UN News Service, 4 January 2007
The United Nations Mission in Sudan has already repatriated four of its peacekeepers to Bangladesh following investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and the cases of those personnel will now be dealt with by that country, the UN spokesperson said today.

SUDAN: Southern Sudan government launches probe into sex crimes
IRIN News, 4 January 2007
The government of Southern Sudan has joined the United Nations in launching an investigation into media reports of sexual abuse by international peacekeepers.

Argentina offers care and support to refugee women victims of violence
UNHCR 4 January 2007
Born on opposite sides of the globe, Marisa* from Peru, a married mother of two boys who worked in a liquor store, and Mervat* a single maths teacher from Algeria, may not seem to have much in common. But these two refugee women in Argentina share a painful story. Both were victims of violence - simply because they were women. In UN-speak, it's called sexual and gender-based violence. Marisa fled an abusive husband, who once hit her so hard when she was five months pregnant she lost the baby.

SUDAN: Allegations of sexual abuse reveal weak monitoring
IRIN News, 3 January 2007
A United Nations investigation has been launched into allegations of sexual abuse and rape of children as young as 12 by international peacekeeping staff in southern Sudan, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Teens need help with dating violence: study

CBC News, 3 January 2007
Dating violence remains common among New Brunswick teenagers despite the existence of school programs that teach otherwise, according to a study released Wednesday by the Muriel McQueen Furgusson Centre in Fredericton.

Girl tells police of repeated rapes by stepfather
Mail and Guardian Online, 2 January 2007
A 15-year-old girl on Monday reported to police that she had repeatedly been raped by her stepfather since February 2006, Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday.

'Body trade' link to child deaths

BBC News 2 January 2006
Police in India investigate whether the deaths of at least 17 people are linked to the body parts trade.

Noida serial killers to undergo narcoanalysis on Jan
Hindu Times 2 January 2007
Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surendra Koli, allegedly involved in the grisly serial killings of children after sexually abusing them, will undergo narcoanalysis tests on January 5 in Ahmedabad as investigators refrained from ruling out organ trade angle to the whole saga.

Smith returned to custody of US embassy 
INQUIRER.net, 30 December 2006
Convicted American serviceman Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was freed from a Makati jail late evening Friday on orders of the Philippine government, the US embassy said.

Over and Over Again - Post Traumatic Stress
BN Magazine, News Analysis, Maria Huynh, 30 December, 2006
In recent months, the media has been flooded with stories of tremendous random violence-gunmen raiding schools, increased shootings and attacks in the inner cities, and the nonstop stories of deaths in Iraq. When the media attention on these events fades, the trauma caused to the victims still lingers, often for the long term.

India police find child skeletons
BBC News, 29 December 2006
Indian police say they have found bags containing the clothes and skeletons of a number of small children near Delhi.

Sexual violence highest in Kashmir amongst conflict ridden regions 
Daily Times, 27 December 2006
NEW DELHI: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, has in a recently published report found that the incidence of sexual violence in Jammu and Kashmir is highest amongst the conflict ridden regions in the world.

Violence against women widespread among Maldives: survey
HaveeruOnline, 26 December 2006
A survey conducted by Ministry of Gender and Family titled Maldives Study of Women's Health and Life Experiences has revealed that one from every three Maldivian women aged 15-45 has been physically or sexually abused, by partners, strangers or acquaintance.

South Korea: Many Migrant Women in Korea Scarred in Broken Marriages 
Yonhap News, 24 December 2006
As she sweeps her broom across the dirt-settled floor of a furniture factory in Namyangju, a desolate city just outside Seoul, Ella Quinones suddenly halts and drops her head as if she were about to pray -- or cry.

Prosecutors Drop Duke Rape Counts
Washington Post, 23 December 2006
Prosecutors drop rape charges Friday against three Duke lacrosse players, but charges of kidnapping and sexual offense remain in place.

Sex slave exhibition exposes darkness in East Timor
The Japan Times - Japan, 23 December 2006
Ines de Jesus was a young girl during World War II when she was forced to become a sex slave, or "comfort woman," for Japanese troops in the then Portuguese colony of East Timor. 

Kashmiris: Traumatised, humiliated, scared, reveals MSF survey
GreaterKashmir.com (press release) - Srinigar,India, 22 December 2006
major scientific survey by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), one of the world's leading Nobel prize winning humanitarian organisations has revealed in quantitative terms the extent of suffering the Kashmiris have undergone in the past 17 years. 

Bus Beating Puts Orthodox Women on Online Alert
WeNews, 22 December 2006
An e-mail listserv for activist Orthodox women caught on early to the story of a woman who was attacked on a Jerusalem bus for disobeying custom and not moving to the back of the bus. Subscribers compare the woman to Rosa Parks.

Sex crime victims challenge constitutionality of statute of limitations
Yonhap News - Seoul,South Korea, 21 December 2006
Five women who were victims of sexual violence as children challenged the constitutionality of a South Korean criminal procedural law specifying a seven-year statute of limitations for all types of crimes on Thursday, a civic group said. 

'Missing dockets are not a problem'
Mail and Guardian Online, 21 December 2006
Being raped by her neighbour was an horrific ordeal for Angie*, a young woman who lives on the East Rand. But traumatised as she was, she was determined to make the perpetrator pay.

Center Petitions Court on Sexual Abuse
Korea Times - South Korea, 21 December 2006
The Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center on Thursday submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court to abolish the statute of limitation on sexual violence ...

Fear, Impunity, and Ignorance: The Statistics of Gender Based Violence in El Salvador 
Oxfam America (press release) - Boston,MA,USA, 21 December 2006
New opinion poll sheds light on public atitudes toward sexual violence-and the results show why rape and other forms of violence are so widespread. ...

Liberian 'Baby Mothers' Get New Lease on Life Through UNFPA-Supported NGO
UNFPA (press release) - New York,NY,USA, 20 December 2006
Eyea Mulbah was only 14 years old when the rebels attacked her village, forcing her and her family to flee. In the confusion of the fighting she became separated from her brothers and parents and was forced to find a means to survive on her own. 

Domestic violence increases during holidays
Leader Times, 20 December 2006
Happy holidays. To many, the phrase means a time to be with friends and family, sharing the joys of the season. But domestic violence paints another picture: The holidays become a time of violence and exploitation.

KENYA: Alarming levels of child sex exploitation - UNICEF
IRIN News, 19 December 2006
Sexual exploitation of children in Kenya has reached very high levels, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) stated in a report launched on Tuesday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. 

Violence in Bangalore school
Times Now.tv - Mumbai,Maharashtra,India, 19 December 2006
Broken flower pots, shattered glass panes completed the trail of destruction at the St Claret School campus in Jalahalli, Bangalore after it was ravaged by miscreants on Sunday night.

The Rape of Darfur: A Crime That is Shaming the World.  
Independent Online Edition, 10 December 2006
Halima Bashir is a survivor. She was tortured and gang- raped for days as a punishment for speaking out about an attack on primary school children in Darfur.

Woman and Children Are Dying In Darfur
The Guardian, 9 December, 2006
The government of Sudan has so far proved unwilling or unable to protect its own civilians and has even armed and supported the Janjaweed militia responsible for many of these attacks. While the African Union peacekeepers have tried to address this situation, their efforts have not been enough to provide sufficient protection. The international community must now deliver on its responsibility to protect these civilians. 


Action urged over abuse of women 
BBC News, 23 November 2006
The government is not doing enough to tackle the problems of violence against women in the UK, a coalition of charities has warned

Kazakhstan Parliament Initiates Bill on Equal Rights & Opportunities for Women & Men
Legal News, Legislation Online, 21 November 2006
On 8 November, it was reported that the Majilis (Parliament of Kazakhstan) accepted the submission of a Bill on Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women and Men, as initiated by a group of deputies. 


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