[Svrilist] SV in the News: 29 06 07

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Fri Jun 29 11:12:22 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:

Women suffer most in Darfur conflict
Turkish Daily News, 29 June 2007
The deep hallow eyes on the blank expressionless face speak of wisdom
that only comes with experience and maturity of a long-lived life.
http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=77012

Egypt forbids female circumcision
BBC News, 29 June 2007
Egypt has announced that it is imposing a complete ban on female
circumcision, also known as genital mutilation.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6251426.stm

Protests cloud Kenya abortion debate
BBC News, 29 June 2007
Four Kenyan women, who were set to share their personal stories about
undergoing abortion, had to pullout of a discussion forum at the last
minute following threats and intimidation from anti-abortion activists. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/6246688.stm

Disturbing facts on domestic violence
NewIndPress, June 29 2007
Domestic violence has a new face in Orissa. Eight percent pregnant women
are subjected to physical torture; 14 percent are victims of sexual
violence, and 29 percent expectant mothers go through psychological
torture.
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20070628224001&Page=Q&Tit
le=ORISSA&Topic=0

Online sting entraps more Skype sex predators
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2007
Despite international publicity surrounding the sting, which caught a
person believed to be a Sydney architect stalking an under-age girl this
week, hundreds of others have made lewd and threatening approaches to
"virtual girls" on Skype.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/online-sting-entraps-more-skype-se
x-predators/2007/06/28/1182624083302.html#
<http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/online-sting-entraps-more-skype-s
ex-predators/2007/06/28/1182624083302.html> 

PM's 'got it wrong' on abuse plan
Sydney Morning Herald, 28 June 2007
John Howard's radical plan to protect Aboriginal children from sex abuse
has come under strong attack from the man whose report inspired him to
act.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/06/28/1182624002936.html?from=top
5

Anti-gay Hate Crimes Widespread
UC Davis News Service, 28 June 2007
Nearly four in 10 gay men and about one in eight lesbians and bisexuals
in the United States have been the target of violence or a property
crime because of their sexual orientation, according to a new study by
University of California, Davis, psychology professor Gregory Herek.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=8224

Educating U.N. "Blue Helmets" on Gender Issues
IPS News, 28 June 2007
Involving male facilitators can make educating United Nations security
personnel on gender issues more effective in preventing the incidents of
sexual abuse which have marred several U.N. peacekeeping operations.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38353

Analysis: Legal experts puzzled by radical turnabout
The Jerusalem Post, 28 June 2007
Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz came under harsh criticism from legal
experts on Thursday for having taken such a long step backwards in the
charges he finally decided to file against outgoing President Moshe
Katsav.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1183053061628&pagename=JPost%
2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Forum hears of patient abuse, neglect
Stuff.co.nz, 28 June 2007
Former patients in psychiatric hospitals between 1940 and 1992 have
given harrowing accounts of neglect and abuse to a special forum set up
in 2005.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4111322a11.html

Youth 'fantasised about rape and murder'
BBC News, 28 June 2007
Stuart Harling lived in a virtual world of violence, serial killers,
weapons and sexual perversion, where his wildest desires had free reign.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/6240986.stm

Israeli President Resigns in Rape Case
Guardian Unlimited, 28 June 2007
President Moshe Katsav agreed to resign by signing an unexpected plea
bargain Thursday that includes no jail time, ending a year-long
investigation into allegations of sex crimes by the ceremonial leader.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6743358,00.html

Sudan must rewrite rape laws to protect victims
Reuters, 28 June 2007
An international aid group called on Sudan on Thursday to rewrite its
laws to protect women from "mass rape" in the war-torn Darfur region.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L28849488.htm

CM admits to rise in human trafficking 
Kolkata Newsline, 28 June 2007
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today admitted that trafficking
in women and children has risen alarmingly in the state and that the
police have not been able to curb this menace.
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=243438

Police unveil plan to fight abuse
Independent Online, 28 June 2007
The police and civil society sector will collaborate to beef up efforts
to combat violence against women and children, it was announced on
Wednesday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=vn2007062802
3251282C305152

Tunis Declaration seeks to end gender-based violence
Magharebia, 28 June 2007
The Tunisian Ministry for Women and Family Affairs and Spain's
International Development Agency held a two-day meeting in Tunis on June
22nd focusing on the prevention of gender-based violence.
http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/
2007/06/28/feature-02

Madagascar bans child marriages
Reuters, 28 June 2007
The new law raises the legal age of marriage on the Indian Ocean island
to 18 years - from 14 for girls and 15 for boys - UNICEF representative,
Bruno Maes, said by telephone from Madagascar.
http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID
=2007-06-28T220637Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_India-282291-1.xml&archived=False

Violence against women
The Daily Times, 28 June 2007
What measures and strategies do psychologists suggest to break the
stranglehold of violence against women? 
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C06%5C28%5Cstory_28-
6-2007_pg3_5

Asked for Apology, Japan Plays for Time in Sex Slavery Standoff 
The New York Times, 27 June 2007
Even before a United States Congressional panel overwhelmingly passed a
resolution on Tuesday urging Japan to apologize for its wartime sex
slavery, the Japanese government said it would have no comment.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/world/asia/27japan.html?_r=1&oref=slog
in&pagewanted=print

Portugal Law That Loosens Abortion Restrictions To Come Into Effect July
15
Medical News Today, 27 June 2007
A Portuguese law that legalizes abortions during the first 10 weeks of
pregnancy was published in official government records on Thursday and
will come into effect July 15.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=75190&nfid=al

Jordan 'honour' killings net wrist slaps
Toronto Sun, 27 June 2007
A 70-year-old woman who killed her daughter with an axe for having an
illegitimate child and a man who fatally shot a relative were each
sentenced yesterday to prison in separate "honour crime" cases.
http://torontosun.com/News/World/2007/06/27/4293623-sun.html

Indian soldiers paraded naked in Kashmir
The Mail and Guardian 27 June 2007
Hundreds of angry Kashmiri villagers paraded two Indian soldiers naked
through the streets after they were "caught trying to rape" a
17-year-old girl, witnesses and newspaper reports said on Wednesday.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=312472&area=/breaking_new
s/breaking_news__international_news/

Renewed uproar over female circumcision
Aftenposten News from Norway, 27 June 2007
Labour Party politician Anniken Huitfeldt wants girls from Somalia and
other at-risk nations to undergo regular physical checks.
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1859317.ece

Africa: Cell phones and schools help improve women's rights
AfricanPath, 27 June 2007
Forced marriage, often of girls in their early teens, is a persistent
problem in the Sahel.
http://www.africanpath.com/p_blogEntry.cfm?blogEntryID=1193

Three teenagers face trial over child rape charges
The Age, 27 June 2007
Three teenagers accused of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old boy over five
months at a remote Aboriginal community have been committed to stand
trial.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/three-teenagers-face-trial-over-c
hild-rape-charges/2007/06/26/1182623913752.html

KIND, Media Concern partner on violence against women
Vanguard, 27 June 2007
Executive Director, Media Concern, Mrs. Princess Olufemi-Kayode, in her
submission said it is unfortunate that the subject of violence against
women and children is being underplayed at the relevant quarters.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/articles/2002/features/health/gh426062007.htm
l

European Union Threatens to Cut Nicaragua Funding Over Abortion Law
Lifenews.com, 27 June 2007
The European Union is threatening to cut funding for the nation of
Nicaragua because it recently approved a law banning all abortions.
http://www.lifenews.com/int339.html

'Honour' killings linked to terror groups
Telegraph, 27 June 2007
"Honour" killings in Britain have been linked with extremist groups
abroad by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/26/nhonour1
26.xml

60pc of rape cases happen on dates
New Straits Times, 27 June 2007
Kuala Lumpur: Every day, eight women and girls are raped. And more than
half of the cases reported every year are date rapes.
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/National/20070627093022
/Article/index_html

Experts Debunk Myths About Online Youth Victimization
American Chronicle, 27 June 2007
Are your kids in danger from online Internet predators?
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=3076
9

Madagascar: Law to curb widespread sexual exploitation of children
Reuters, 27 June 2007
The sexual exploitation of children trafficked internally from
Madagascar's poverty-stricken rural areas to tourist hotspots appears to
be widespread in the island country, according to new reports.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/82bd87826b264fd8f4b7fed61b
ac662e.htm

Antony opposes repeal of Armed Forces Act
ZeeNews, 27 June 2007
Human rights groups say the AFSPA has given the army the licence to
kill, torture and rape with impunity.
http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=379356&sid=NAT

Somaliland now centre for illegal female cutting
Afrol News, 26 June 2007
Hargeisa, the peaceful capital of the self-proclaimed state of
Somaliland, has become a new centre for the Somali Diaspora wanting to
perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on their daughters.
http://www.afrol.com/articles/25884

Paedophile jailed after web sting
BBC News, 27 June 2007
An internet paedophile with a huge collection of pornography including
"violent" images of child abuse has been jailed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/england/cambridgeshire/624
5732.stm

Rape and War: Important Changes at the ICC
RH Reality Check, 26 June 2007
Since as far back as we can remember, mass killings have been considered
a crime against humanity, as well they should be.
http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2007/06/26/rape-and-war-important-cha
nges-at-the-icc

SADC Grapples with Gender-Based Violence
New Era, 26 June 2007
Despite impressive progress in the legal systems in the SADC region, the
situation for women and girls remains dire.
http://www.newera.com.na/archives.php?id=16432&date=2007-06-26

4 held for dowry death
NewIndPress.com, 26 June 2007
Four members of a family have been arrested by Jajpur Road police on
charges of killing one Tapati Mohanty on Sunday. 
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20070625201535&Page=Q&Tit
le=ORISSA&Topic=0

Study Examines How Population's Percentage Of Female Commercial Sex
Workers Affects HIV/AIDS Prevalence
Medical News Today, 25 June 2007
"Size Matters: The Number of Prostitutes and the Global HIV/AIDS
Pandemic," PLoS One: John Talbott of Africans Against AIDS used
cross-country linear and multiple regressions based on new UNAIDS data
to determine that the number of female commercial sex workers as a
percentage of the adult female population is positively correlated with
HIV/AIDS prevalence nationwide.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=74980&nfid=al

Yemen: Street children at increased risk of sexual abuse 
IRIN News, 25 June 2007
Selling newspapers along the hot and busy streets of Sanaa, Naif
al-Ghuzzy, 11, wants nothing more than to help his family.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=72906

Rape victim forced 700km
The Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2007
A rape victim was forced to drive herself more than four hours to
Canberra because her local hospital couldn't perform the required
forensic examination due to budget cuts.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21955903-5001021,00.
html

Decentralised FCS harming victims'
Independent Online, 23 June 2007
Without a protocol in place advising officers in the now decentralised
Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) how they
must operate, specialised services are suffering and exposing victims to
secondary abuse, according to trauma experts.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070623092
426560C851922

Sex slavery a crisis within India too
Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2007
Meena discovered she had been sold while riding in an auto-rickshaw
headed to New Delhi's red-light district.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-india24jun24,1,47131
80.story?track=crosspromo&coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=4&cset=true

'Rape - a weapon of war'
Independent Online, 23 June 2007
Despite campaigns to protect civilians in war zones, progress is gradual
and failure too obvious in many places in the world, the United Nation's
emergency relief coordinator said on Friday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3016&art_id=nw200706231
11011332C232608

Peru Congress lowers age of sexual consent to 14, drawing criticism
International Herald Tribune, 22 June 2007
Peru's Congress has voted overwhelmingly to lower the age to 14 for
participating in consensual sex, a move some activists said could expose
children to sexual abuse.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/23/america/LA-GEN-Peru-Consensual
-Sex.php

Gender rights activists applaud new broader Thai rape law
The Boston Herald, June 21, 2007
Gender rights activists Thursday hailed the legislature's approval of an
anti-rape law that widens the definition of the crime and makes it
illegal in Thailand for a husband to have sex with his wife without her
consent.
http://news.bostonherald.com/international/asiaPacific/view.bg?articleid
=1007652



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