[Svrilist] SV in the News: 06 07 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 6 11:31:36 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
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Sexual Violence in the News:

Nurses to be trained as sexual assault examiners
ABC News, 6 July 2007
New South Wales' Greater Southern Area Health Service hopes to soon
reduce the trauma for rural victims of sexual assault who often have to
travel for a forensic check.

'Why I wish that Zuma was dead'
Independent Online, 6 July 2007
Jacob Zuma's rape accuser says she will never reconcile with the former
deputy president.

Muslim girls targets of attacks
Edmonton Sun, 6 July 2007
When a teenage girl is sexually assaulted in a school washroom and the
administration is notified of the incident but does nothing about it,
alarm bells should go off.

Dowry kills more than 1 everyday
NewIndPress, 6 July  2007
Everyday, more than one woman are either killed or commit suicide for
dowry in Orissa.

Plan urged to combat trafficking
Independent Ireland, 6 July 2007
IRELAND has been urged to draw up a national action plan to combat the
global problem of human trafficking.

Government softens stance on child health checks
The Age, 6 July 2007
THE Federal Government has softened its original plan to conduct
compulsory health checks on Aboriginal children, but has not ruled out
penalising parents who refuse to let their children be examined.

U.S. seeks death sentence for ex-soldier in Iraq rape case 
China View, 6 July 2007
The U.S. Justice Department will seek the death penalty against a former
soldier accused of raping and killing an Iraqi teenager and slaying her
family last year, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Women Rescued From Sexual Slavery In Malaysia Return Home
E-Sinchew.com, 6 July 2007
Three Cambodian women who escaped from sexual slavery in Malaysia last
year were returned home this week, an aid group and officials said

Girl Takes Police Refuge to Avert Forced Marriage
Kashmir Observer, 5 July 2007
An orphaned girl in northern Kashmir town of Handwara has taken refuge
in a police station to save herself from a forced marriage.

New report discusses child abuse in Morocco 
Magharebia, 5 July 2007
Child abuse has increased 50% over the last year in Morocco, according
to a recent report by the Coalition against Sexual Abuse of Children

Witness coaching influenced decision to drop Katsav rape charge
Haaretz.com, 5 July 2007
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided not to indict former president
Moshe Katsav for rape due to problems with the evidence that he
discovered during a hearing for Katsav's attorneys in May.

Group Blasts Police Abuses in Indonesia 
The New York Times, 5 July 2007
Indonesian security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians and on two
occasions raped women during recent operations against separatists in
Papua province, Human Rights Watch alleged in a report released

Rape crime stats: women's groups hit out
Independent Online, 5 July 2007
Women and children's rights groups have criticised the police crime
statistics showing a decrease in rapes and indecent assaults and have
called for an overhaul of the country's safety and security and justice

Jailed for the rape of drunk girl
Gazette and Herald, 5 July 2007
Partygoer Aaron McConnell has been sentenced to prison after raping a
teenage girl in a flat in Devizes.

Arrest over teenage girl's rape
BBC News, 5 July 2007
A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old
girl in Strabane in County Tyrone.

Bail for rape charge student 
The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2007
A 22-year-old Brazilian student accused of raping a woman five times and
holding her against her will has been granted bail in a Brisbane court.


Liberia: Establish Special Court For Rape Cases
The Inquirer, 5 July 2007
Citizens of District 2 in Montserrado County are recommending the
establishment of a special court to speedily adjudicate rape cases in
the country.

Police apology to male rape victim
IC Whales, 5 July 2007
SOUTH Wales Police yesterday apologised to a male rape victim after the
Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled officers did not at first
appreciate the seriousness of the man's allegation.

Asylum Seekers' Difficulties In Disclosing Experiences Of Sexual
Violence During Home Office Interviews, UK
Medical News Today, 4 July 2007
The majority of asylum seekers report difficulties in disclosing their
experiences of sexual violence during Home Office interviews, a new
study has found

Sierra Leone: New laws give women unprecedented rights, protections
IRIN News, 4 July 2007
Women in Sierra Leone will have more protection from abuse under the new
gender law

No honour in this
Times of India, 4 Jul 2007
Manjit had barely found love when death visited her.

Child labour up in Africa
Bopa Daily News, 4 July 2007
The minister said many orphans are also economically exploited.
Commercial sex exploitation associated with arranged marriages and
prostitution, he said, are visible.

Petition filed to transfer gang-rape cases to Karachi
Daily Times, 4 July 2007
A constitution petition was filed Tuesday in the Sindh High Court (SHC),
praying to transfer gang-rape cases of two minor girls, Kainat Soomro
and Nasima Albano, to the sessions court Karachi.

Egypt Mufti defends ban on female genital cutting
Reuters, 4 July 2007
Egypt's state-appointed Grand Mufti, who last week declared female
genital cutting as banned in Islam, defended his decision by likening
the practice to an ancient custom once wrongly seen as necessary for
good health.

Do women go unpunished when fabricating allegations of rape?
The Jerusalem Post, 4 July 2007
The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee decided Wednesday to
establish a subcommittee to look into claims by men and family advocacy
groups that the law against women making false claims of rape, sexual
assault and violence against their ex-spouses is not being enforced by
the police or state prosecutors.

Report on Sudanese Laws Exposes System that Compounds Rape Victims'
Yubanet.Com, 3 July 2007
Sudan's laws governing rape expose rape victims to further abuse, shield
perpetrators from prosecution, limit the ability for survivors to
receive medical services and generally deny any access to justice,
according to a detailed analysis by Refugees International.

Report: Zuma rape accuser gets asylum in Netherlands
The Mail and Guardian, 3 July 2007
A young HIV-positive Aids activist who filed rape charges against former
South African deputy president Jacob Zuma has been granted asylum in The
Netherlands, a daily said on Tuesday.

Swaziland: Empowering women to beat abuse
IRIN News, 3 July 2007
Most Swazi women who face domestic violence do not take their children
and walk out of the house. "They say, 'who is going to feed me?'"
Nonhlanhla Dlamini, Director of the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse
(SWAGAA), told IRIN. But this is changing

Chinese study identifies 'comfort women' abused by Japanese soldiers 
The International Herald Tribune, 3 July 2007
Japanese soldiers forced girls as young as 12 years old into sexual
slavery during and beyond World War II, according to a report by two
Chinese legal groups

Systematic rape plagues Darfur, report says
The Kansas City Star, 3 July 2007
A new report on the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan has identified
rape as a systematic weapon of ethnic cleansing used by
government-backed Janjaweed militiamen.

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for US Soldier in Iraq Rape Case
VOA News, 3 July 2007
U.S. prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a former U.S.
soldier if he is found guilty of taking part in the rape and murder of a
14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her family.

Academics hail new children's law
Independent Online, 3 July 2007
The new provisions of the Children's Act, which regard 18-year-olds as
adults and allow 12-year-olds access to contraception, have been
applauded by Cape Town academics as well as a child rights group.

Lesbian Gangs Raping Young Girls, Some Attacked in School Washrooms
LifeSiteNews.com, 3 July 2007
Last week, the Fox News' O'Reilly Factor exposed the increasing trend of
lesbian gang violence terrorizing neighbourhoods and schools, especially
in large cities across the United States.

Fresh progress toward the elimination of female genital mutilation and
cutting in Egypt
PressZoom, 2 July 2007
The momentum to completely eliminate female genital mutilation and
cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt has accelerated in recent days with the passage
of a ministerial decree and an anti-FGM/C statement by the country's top
Muslim institution.

Committal begins in child rape case
ABC News, 2 July 2007
A committal hearing has begun in Victoria for a man accused of raping a
young girl at a beach side caravan park this year.

Africa: No evidence war fuels HIV crisis - study
IRIN News, 2 July 2007
Experts have long assumed that the violence, wide-scale rape and refugee
crises are the inevitable by-products of war that fuel HIV/AIDS

Impact of African conflicts on women worries SWAA
Afriquenligne, 2 July 2007
The Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAA International) in a
declaration issued Sunday on the fringes of the African Union (AU)
summit in Accra, Ghana, expressed deep concern about the consequences of
conflicts on women and children in Africa.

India turns to Wiccan queen to save girls
Independent Online, 2 July 2007
Kolkata, India - India has enlisted the follower of a global pagan
witchcraft movement to help curb the country's high female infanticide
rate and end the neglect of the girl child, officials said on Monday.

U.S. may alienate Muslims over human trade: Malaysia
Reuters, 2 July 2007
Malaysia dismissed on Monday possible U.S. sanctions over human
trafficking and warned Washington of alienating Muslims after it
blacklisted mostly Islamic countries.

The price of life
The Kuwait Times, 1 July 2007
While reading yesterday's newspaper, I sought an explanation to two
pieces of news both regarding the murder of women. One happened to be a
young child aged 12 whom the mother decided to have her circumcised, the
other about 'honor killings' that Israeli-Arab women face.

Court told of sex with girl's corpse
Independent Online, 1 July 2007
On Friday, 13-year-old Candice Samukelisiwe Tabhu's family heard in the
Durban High Court that the person responsible for murdering her had sex
with her shortly after she died.

SRI LANKA: Protecting tsunami orphans from child abuse
IRIN News, 1 July 2007
Fifteen-year-old Natasha Fonseka (not her real name) is once again a
happy child.


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