[Svrilist] SV in the News: 13 07 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 13 11:09:08 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. For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Serial rapist set free: no 'serious danger'
The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2007
Serial rapist Robert John Fardon has been re-released into the community after a Queensland Supreme Court justice refused an application to have him detained.

Saarc meet in Delhi this month to fight human trafficking
The Daily Star, 13 July 2007
High officials from Saarc countries are expected to meet in New Delhi in the last week this month to work out a coordinated rescue and repatriation effort for the victims trafficked across the Saarc nations.

Third meeting of African prosecutors opens in Angola
People's Daily Online, 13 July 2007
The Third Meeting of the African Prosecutors Association (APA) opened here on Thursday morning, with Angolan Minister of Family and Women Promotion Candida Celeste making a speech on "the importance of strengthening, developing and protecting women for the future of Africa."

Head cameras 'help tackle abuse''
BBC News, 12 July 2007
Police officers in England and Wales will be issued with head cameras in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and violence in the home.

Group vows to seek justice for brutal gay murders
SABC News, 12 July 2007
The gay and lesbian community has vowed to seek justice for the brutal murders of gay and lesbian activists, Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa, in Soweto.

Tweak the dowry law
The Times of India, 13 Jul 2007
When 22-year-old Pooja Chauhan walked on to the streets of Rajkot last week in her undergarments protesting the mental and physical abuse by her husband's family for not bringing dowry and bearing a girl child, the city took notice.

Health service stresses importance of rape victim support
ABC News, 12 July 2007
The Greater Southern Area Health Service says it does everything it can to support victims of rape, despite the complaints of a woman from Griffith in southern New South Wales.

London Police Launches Campaign To Eradicate Female Genital Cutting in United Kingdom, Highlight Practice as Crime
KaiserNetwork.org, 12 July 2007
London's Metropolitan Police on Wednesday launched a campaign that aims to eradicate female genital cutting in the United Kingdom by highlighting the practice as a crime, the AP/ABC News reports

Blunt signs law shielding domestic violence accusers
Columbia Tribune, 12 July 2007
Comprehensive legislation that Gov. Matt Blunt signed today removes identifying information from local and state public records of people who make accusations of crimes such as sexual or domestic assault, rape or stalking.

Chad fails to protect its citizens'
Independent Online, 12 July 2007
Chad is failing to protect its civilians from armed groups who kill, mutilate and rape in the conflict stricken central African country, an international refugee body said.

Rape survey outcry
The Herald Sun, 12 July 2007
RAPE victim support groups have expressed frustration after a survey found Australians see some rape victims as more worthy than others.

A 'horrifying moment of terror'
Independent Online, 12 July 2007
For a Weltevreden Park woman, the news of the arrest of two suspected serial rapists on the West Rand has brought with it a sense of relief.

Councilman Takes DNA Test in Rape Inquiry
The New York Times, 12 July 2007
City Councilman Dennis P. Gallagher submitted yesterday to a DNA test by investigators looking into allegations that he raped a woman at his district office in Queens on Sunday, his lawyer said.

Actor Accused Of Grooming Girl
Sky News, 12 July 2007
Award-winning comedy actor Chris Langham groomed, corrupted and systematically abused an underage girl, a court has been told.

Oudtshoorn girl on the mend after surgery
SABC News, 11 July 2007
A five-year-old girl from Oudtshoorn, who was allegedly raped by a 40-year-old man, has been discharged from George Hospital.

Police plea on genital mutilation 
BBC News, 11 July 2007
The Metropolitan Police is offering a £20,000 reward for information which would bring to justice anyone involved in female genital mutilation

Child rape suspect was out on bail
Independent Online, 11 July 2007
A forty-year-old man was out on bail during a case of statutory rape when he was arrested this week in connection with the abduction and rape of a five-year-old girl in the Karoo.

Court Asked to Review Judge's 'Rape' Ban 
The New York Times, 11 July 2007
A woman who says she was raped has asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to review a judge's ban on saying such words as ''rape'' and ''victim'' at the trial of the accused man.

Sleeping girl, 10, 'snatched for sex attack'
The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2007
A man accused of taking a sleeping 10-year-old girl from her bed and sexually assaulting her at a remote Aboriginal community will remain in police custody.

Sex and drugs leave Bujumbura's homeless at risk of HIV 
Irin News, 11 July 2007
A spate of violent rapes in the capital in 2005 was blamed on street dwellers, prompting the government to round up all street children and house them in a local rehabilitation centre, but a few months later they were back on the streets.

Young teen models may face British catwalk ban
Reuters, 11 July 2007
Girls aged under 16 should be banned from catwalk modeling to protect them from eating disorders and sexual exploitation, a panel of fashion and health experts in Britain said on Wednesday.

Sexual exploitation risk warning
The Guardian Unlimited, 11 July 2007
More than 1,000 children are at risk of sexual exploitation in London, a report warns.

Maternal health tops World Population Day agenda
BuaNews Online, 11 July 2007
Men have been urged to protect women's health, and help in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases as well as promote the elimination of sexual violence.

SANE program helps the victims of rape retain privacy
The Enid News and Eagle, 11 July 2007
A community program that has been in place for 10 years now has really had a positive impact some of crime's most vulnerable victims.

Jordanian jailed for 'honour' killing
Independent Online, 10 July 2007
A Jordanian court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for the "honour" killing of his pregnant sister, a judicial source said on Monday.

Katsav case spurs upturn in Arab women's complaints of sexual assault
Haaretz.com, 10 July 2007
The number of Arab women seeking assistance in dealing with sexual assault has risen as a direct result of the intensive media coverage of former president Moshe Katsav's case, according to the Nazareth-based organization Women against Violence.

Charity warns of child sex abuse 
BBC News, 10 July 2007
Campaigners have called for a specialist police officer to be drafted into every London borough to combat child sex abuse in the city.

How men can become partners in maternal health
The Mail and Guardian, 10 July 2007
What is a common factor in ensuring that women do not marry too young, do not have more children than they can cope with, do not die giving birth -- and contract HIV in smaller numbers? The answer is men.

Lawmakers angered at sidelining of independent rape crisis center
The Standard, Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Hong Kong's first nongovernment rape crisis center, which has been operating for the past five years - is being marginalized by the government, lawmakers have claimed.

Meerut hospital license cancelled after report on ICU rape
The Times of India, 10 July 2007
A three-member inquiry panel has submitted its report on the alleged gang rape of a minor girl in the ICU of a leading private hospital here over the weekend and the district magistrate has ordered cancellation of its license.

Aborigines charged with rape of young girls
Reuters, 10 July 2007
Six aboriginal men will appear in court on Tuesday charged with sexual assault, including rape, of underage aboriginal girls -- the first charged since Australia announced a crack down on indigenous child sexual abuse.

'My mother held me down'
BBC News, 10 July 2007
Police in the UK are offering a reward for information leading to the prosecution of anyone involved in the practice of female genital mutilation.

Solomons legal chief is sworn in
BBC News, 10 July 2007
A man facing child-sex charges in Australia has been sworn in as the Solomon Islands attorney-general.

UNFPA: The poorest Congolese need access to healthcare to regain their dignity
MONUC.org, 10 July 2007
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works in the DRC to promote responsible development planning and reproductive health, and to assist in empowering women.

'We are no longer doing anything for kids'
Independent Online, 10 July 2007
The migration to ordinary police stations of specially trained police officers skilled in investigating crimes against women and children was a dismal failure and had also contributed to lower reporting of rape, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

Women's HIV/AIDS Conference Delegates Develop Action Plan To Foster Women's, Girls' Leadership in Fight Against Disease
KaiserNetwork.org, 9 July 2007
Delegates on Saturday at the close of the first International Women's Summit on Women's Leadership and HIV and AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya, released a 10-point action plan that aims to foster leadership roles of women and girls in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Odds against victims of sexual assault 
Budapest Times, Sunday, 8 July 2007
Victims of sexual violence in Hungary are in a weak position in the criminal justice system with the police, the courts and the legal definition of rape and sexual assault all making it difficult to prove an assault, according to NGOs.

ARVs for rape survivors under threat
Independent Online, 9 July 2007
Rape survivors may be denied access to potentially life-saving antiretrovirals if they do not first lay a charge with the police or report their attack to a "designated health establishment".

FCS units will get attention if necessary: Nqakula
SABC News, 9 July 2007
Charles Nqakula, SA's safety and security minister, will look into DA allegations about problems in the restructured specialised Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences (FCS) units and take corrective steps if necessary. 

Human trafficking ring busted
Independent Online, 9 July 2007
Greek police said on Monday they had broken up a human trafficking ring that forced women from eastern Europe and the Balkans to work as prostitutes.

Using rape as a weapon
The International Herald Tribune, 8 July 2007
Iraq's diverse cultures share a way of understanding the family, "patriliny," in which identities ranging from religion to ethnicity to clan are conferred by fathers alone, not mothers.

U.S. human trafficking report misses progress: Saudi
Reuters, 8 July 2007
Saudi Arabia has criticised U.S. charges that it is guilty of human trafficking, saying a U.S. State Department report was misleading and ignored Saudi efforts to stamp out the practice.

Thailand's child trafficking industry 
BBC News, 7 July 2007
A report from the US state department has criticised Thailand for not doing enough to combat the illegal trafficking of women and children from Burma, Cambodia, Laos and China.

2 US teens accused of gang raping woman, forcing her son, 12, to join in the assault
International Herald Tribune, 6 July 2007
Two teenagers were accused of gang raping a woman and forcing her 12-year-old son to join in the attack, then beating him and pouring cleaning solution into his eyes.

Court approves extradition of Indian man suspected in rape, murder of British teen
International Herald Tribune, 6 July 2007
An appeals court has rejected an Indian man's challenge against his extradition to Britain to face trial for allegedly raping and killing a teenage British girl, a government lawyer said Friday.

'Justice mustn't rape the raped'
Independent Online, 6 July 2007
While police claim they are winning the war against violent crime, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say not enough is being done to bring closure to victims and their families.

BOLIVIA: Safe Abortion Nearly Impossible Even in Cases of Rape
IPS 8 June 2007
Bolivia's constituent assembly has just two months left to finishing rewriting the country's constitution. In 10 months of sessions, it has approved a single article, regarding the right to hold football matches at high altitudes, in response to the International Football Federation's (FIFA) ban on high-altitude international matches.

The US invasion of Iraq: Has it led to feminicide? 
AWID Resource Net Friday File, 18 May 2007
There has been an unprecedented unleashing of violence against women in Iraq in recent years. What is the link between the US-led invasion of the country and the rise in women's rights violations? 

Just Say No-To Bad Science
Newsweek, 7 May 2007
No one is saying that researchers cheat, but how they design a study of sex education can practically preordain the results


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