[Svrilist] SV in the News 27 July 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 27 18:16:00 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:

Education key in fight against ritual abuse
East London and West Essex Guardian, 27 July 2007
A nurse has called on education and health professionals across Waltham Forest to help tackle the problem of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Man convicted of rape without proof
Times of India, 27 Jul 2007
The Supreme Court, which has always treated the testimony of rape victims as sacrosanct, has gone a step forward in convicting a rapist solely on a girl's statement even when medical evidence showed no intercourse or any injury to her.

More forced into prostitution, labor
China Daily, 27 July 2007
Forced labor and sexual exploitation have increased as the trend in human trafficking in China has taken a turn for the worst.

Domestic Violence Act to the rescue of women
Newindpress, 27 July 2007
SHIMOGA: It was a turning point in the history of pro-women movement in India when the Domestic Violence Act was introduced last year.

Protect victims of internal violence in Chad, AI urges EU foreign ministers
The Malta Independent, 27 July 2007
As EU foreign ministers are currently discussing the possible deployment of a UN-mandated EU force to Chad to protect Sudanese refugees, Amnesty International (AI) noted that Chadian victims of internal violence should not be forgotten.

Child migrants face abuse in Spanish centres-HRW
Reuters, 26 July 2007
Hundreds of African children are at risk of violence and even sexual abuse in Spanish government migrant detention centres in the Canary Islands, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday.

Despite furor, Amnesty International unlikely to reverse new stance on abortion
The International Herald Tribune, 26 July 2007
Despite an outcry from Roman Catholic and conservative leaders worldwide, Amnesty International seems likely to affirm a new policy supporting greater access to abortion when its top decision-making body meets next month.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/26/america/NA-GEN-US-Amnesty-Abortion.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/26/america/NA-GEN-US-Amnesty-Abortion.php> 

UN teams go to Côte d'Ivoire to probe sex abuse
The Mail and Guardian, 26 July 2007
The United Nations intends to send a team of investigators to Côte d'Ivoire next week to investigate sexual abuse, with a senior UN official pledging to enforce a "zero tolerance" policy worldwide.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/&articleid=314994 <http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/&articleid=314994> 

US: Congress Moves to Protect Native Women from Assaults
Inter Press Service News Agency, 26 July 2007
Acting in major part on a recent report by Amnesty International and Native American activists, the U.S. Congress is moving to provide additional funding to protect Native American women who suffer disproportionate levels of rape and other sexual abuse.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38679 <http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38679> 

Anger at SA woman trouser 'ban'
BBC News, 26 July 2007
Earlier this week, a woman in Umlazi township, near Durban, was stripped naked and her shack burnt down.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6917332.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6917332.stm> 

Iran publicly hangs rapist
Independent Online 26 July 2007
Iran on Thursday hanged in public a man convicted on two counts of rape in the northern city of Sari, the Iranian state-run television website reported.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=126&art_id=nw20070726120151289C875722 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=126&art_id=nw20070726120151289C875722> 

Online sex pests unwatched
The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2007
Sex predators remain free to prey on underage members of popular internet websites such as MySpace because Australian regulations do not keep sufficiently detailed records of their actions.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/no-one-to-watch-sex-predators-online/2007/07/25/1185339080509.html <http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/no-one-to-watch-sex-predators-online/2007/07/25/1185339080509.html> 

Rape prompts extra police patrols
BBC News, 26 July 2007
Police have stepped up their street patrols after a 30-year-old woman was raped by a gang of four men.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6916989.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6916989.stm> 

Grandmother guilty of murder plot
BBC News, 26 July 2007
A 70-year-old grandmother and her son have been found guilty of murdering his wife in a so-called "honour killing".  
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6906735.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6906735.stm> 

'Sexual slavery: The worst war crime'
Independent Online, 26 July 2007
"Sexual slavery: The worst war crime" proclaimed a sign held by a protester outside the Japanese embassy in Pretoria on Wednesday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070726030635467C253972 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070726030635467C253972> 

How BBC exposed Bulgarian baby trade
BBC News, 26 July 2007
An undercover BBC News report has exposed a bid to sell Bulgarian babies and smuggle them into the UK.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6917021.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6917021.stm> 

Child abuse report urges refocus
BBC News, 26 July 2007
More should be done by the government to stop child abuse before it happens rather than focusing on protecting abused children, a report says.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6918432.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6918432.stm> 

Ex-top policeman: Katsav deal violation of equality before law
Haaretz.com, 26 July 2007
Former Police Investigations Branch chief Moshe Mizrahi told Haaretz recently that the plea deal struck by former president Moshe Katsav over alleged sex crimes is a sign that the notion of equality under the law is 'dead.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/886598.html <http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/886598.html> 

Prosecutor to Examine Australian Cruise Ship Death 
The New York Times, 26 July 2007
An Australian coroner said on Thursday there was enough evidence to convict "known persons" in relation to the death of a mother found naked and overdosed on a "date rape" drug on a South Pacific cruise ship.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-australia-cruise.html?_r=1&oref=slogin <http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-australia-cruise.html?_r=1&oref=slogin> 

NDP defends stance
The Leader-Post, 26 July 2007
The Saskatchewan Party is calling on the NDP government to back a federal bill that would force criminals convicted of a third violent or sexual offence to prove why they shouldn't be declared dangerous offenders.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=bcc7f6b5-eae9-4ba4-82d5-a2c34ebd3e63 <http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=bcc7f6b5-eae9-4ba4-82d5-a2c34ebd3e63> 

Burma: A plight we can ignore no longer 
The Independent, 26 July 2007
The people of Burma endure human rights abuses on an unimaginable scale. Rape, torture and forced labour are facts of their lives. So why does the world refuse to act? A cross-party group of MPs has returned shocked by what they discovered there 
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2802617.ece <http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2802617.ece> 

UN furious with peacekeepers sex scandals
SABC News, 26 July 2007
The United Nations has reiterated its commitment to reinforcing its policy of zero tolerance of rapes and sexual exploitation of refugee women and children by its peacekeepers.
http://www.sabcnews.com/world/north_america/0,2172,153154,00.html <http://www.sabcnews.com/world/north_america/0,2172,153154,00.html> 

Few Victims Likely to Participate in Sudan Trial
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 25 July 2007
Only the victims of acts of violence cited in the charge sheet for Darfur will have a chance to make their views known to the International Criminal Court.
http://www.iwpr.net/?p=acr&s=f&o=337401&apc_state=henh <http://www.iwpr.net/?p=acr&s=f&o=337401&apc_state=henh> 

Patil wants to end aborting female foetuses
Independent Online, 25 July 2007
India's first woman president was sworn into office Wednesday and promised to fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice of aborting female foetuses.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=nw20070725130132341C520955 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=nw20070725130132341C520955> 

Violence Against Women Slips Through The Cracks In Chile
Santiago Times, 25 July 2007
Authorities on Monday charged Cristian Tiznado Luna with the bloody July 20th murder of Evelyn Sandoval Bassaure, a mother of two young sons. 
http://www.tcgnews.com/santiagotimes/index.php?nav=story&story_id=14293&topic_id=1 <http://www.tcgnews.com/santiagotimes/index.php?nav=story&story_id=14293&topic_id=1> 

Former Catholic priest in L.A. held on child molestation charges
Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2007
A former Roman Catholic priest was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually molesting a child from Guardian Angel parish in Pacoima between 1988 and 1991
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-priest25jul25,1,4795663.story?ctrack=5&cset=true <http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-priest25jul25,1,4795663.story?ctrack=5&cset=true> 

Women in Indian Kashmir urged to carry daggers to ward off assault
The International Herald Tribune, 25 July, 2007
An Islamic women's separatist group in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Wednesday it would begin training Muslim women in martial arts and called on them to carry daggers to fend off sexual attacks by Indian soldiers.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/25/asia/AS-GEN-Kashmir-Sexual-Assault.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/25/asia/AS-GEN-Kashmir-Sexual-Assault.php> 

Father freed from rape charge
Independent Online, 25 July 2007
Charges against a 58-year-old man accused of raping his 14-year-old daughter were withdrawn in the Delmas magistrate's court on Wednesday, Mpumalanga police said.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20070725194948470C364228 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20070725194948470C364228> 

Forced Marriage Appeal May Influence ICC
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 24 July 2007
The chief prosecutor for war crimes in Sierra Leone is preparing to appeal the acquittals of three military leaders accused of forcing women into marriage, in a move that he hopes could help bring convictions on similar charges at the International Criminal Court.
http://www.iwpr.net/?p=acr&s=f&o=337374&apc_state=henh <http://www.iwpr.net/?p=acr&s=f&o=337374&apc_state=henh> 

Age, ill health gets rapist shorter sentence
Independent Online, 24 July 2007
A former city councillor was on Monday sentenced to an effective eight years' jail for raping a mentally impaired teenager over several months.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20070724043831696C515126 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20070724043831696C515126> 

Serial rapist has a 'complex personality'
Independent Online, 24 July 2007
With his face in his hands, shedding a few silent tears, the so-called Van der Walt Street serial rapist listened to his fate: life behind bars plus 307 years' jail on 31 charges.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20070724044322983C912208 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20070724044322983C912208> 

Economic and Social Council adopts texts on Palestinian women, violence against girls from report of the Commission on Status of Women
ReliefWeb, 24 July 2007
ECOSOC this afternoon adopted a resolution from the report of the Commission on the Status of Women in which it called upon the international community to continue to provide urgently needed assistance and services in an effort to alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis being faced by Palestinian women and their families
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/YSAR-75ESWX?OpenDocument <http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/YSAR-75ESWX?OpenDocument> 

Putting the Term "Rape" on Trial
Time, 23 July 2007
Words are powerful. In court, they can make or break a case. But just how far should the judicial system go to control them?
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1646133,00.html <http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1646133,00.html> 

Traditional post-circumcision sexual coercion puts the youth at risk
IRIN News, 23 July 2007
Sexual peer pressure is forcing many newly circumcised young men in central Kenya to engage in sex before they are fully healed, negating the procedure's protective effects against HIV, according to the preliminary findings of an ongoing regional study.
http://www.plusnews.org/InDepthMain.aspx?InDepthId=61&ReportId=73279&Country=Yes <http://www.plusnews.org/InDepthMain.aspx?InDepthId=61&ReportId=73279&Country=Yes> 

PEP following sexual assault in Kenya and Thailand - more awareness and follow-up necessary 
Aidsmap, 23 July 2007
Not enough is being done to raise awareness of post-exposure prophylaxis as a means of preventing HIV infection after sexual assault in middle-income and resource-limited settings, despite high background levels of sexual violence and HIV infection, two studies from Kenya and Thailand reported on Monday at the 4th IAS conference in Sydney.
http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/5B29C9D0-B373-4288-8F3A-BF11FE288876.asp <http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/5B29C9D0-B373-4288-8F3A-BF11FE288876.asp> 

Accused rapist drugged women: court
The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2007
A man drugged three women and a girl with heroin and amphetamines before raping them in separate attacks, a Melbourne court heard.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/NATIONAL/Accused-rapist-drugged-women-court/2007/07/23/1185043014999.html <http://www.smh.com.au/news/NATIONAL/Accused-rapist-drugged-women-court/2007/07/23/1185043014999.html> 

Gang rape charges withdrawn
The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2007
Police in NSW have withdrawn charges against five teenagers who were alleged to have been involved in a gang rape filmed on a mobile phone.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/gang-rape-charges-withdrawn/2007/07/23/1185043010176.html <http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/gang-rape-charges-withdrawn/2007/07/23/1185043010176.html> 

Heavy sentence for Soshanguve serial rapist
SABC News, 23 July 2007
Simon Malatji, the Soshanguve rapist, has been sentenced in the Pretoria High Court to more than 200 years imprisonment
http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/crime1justice/0,2172,153038,00.html <http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/crime1justice/0,2172,153038,00.html> 

Network slams lesbian murders
Independent Online, 22 July 2007
The Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network has voiced its anger over the recent execution-style killing of two lesbians in Johannesburg. Sizakele Sigasa, 34, and 23-year-old Salome Masooa's bodies were found in a field near Meadowlands, Soweto, last Sunday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=vn20070722084318801C367697 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=vn20070722084318801C367697> 

SADC ministers endorse Gender Protocol ahead of Lusaka Summit
REDI News Features, SANF 07 No 36, July 2007
Ministers for gender and women's affairs from southern Africa have endorsed the contents of a Gender Protocol that would make regional decisions on gender equality legally binding for the first time.
http://www.sardc.net/editorial/NewsFeature/07360707.htm <http://www.sardc.net/editorial/NewsFeature/07360707.htm> 

Hidden violence comes to light
nzherald.co.nz 21 July 2007
A month's selection of crime stories makes grim reading - women and children are regularly brutally killed by people they know. Frequent stories such as those detailed left lead to some harsh statistics: one woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner every five weeks; about 10 children are killed every year in domestic violence.

Domestic violence, psychological distress are recipe for higher unemployment
UN News, 12 July 2007
The scars created by domestic violence persist long after the bruises have healed, leaving some adolescent mothers psychologically distressed and increasing their chances of being unemployed, according to a new study. 
http://uwnews.org/article.asp?Search=Women&articleid=35107 <http://uwnews.org/article.asp?Search=Women&articleid=35107> 


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