[Svrilist] SV in the News: 23 03 07

'Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 23 10:13:12 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:

Manhunt for tattooed sex offender
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2007
A manhunt was under way in Brisbane today for a sex offender who escaped from police as officers were returning him to custody.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/manhunt-for-tattooed-sex-offender/2007/03/22/1174153234535.html?sssdmh=dm16.252271

Government taskforce to be set up to deal with sexual violence
Radio New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand, 21 March 2007
A Government taskforce is to be set up to deal with sexual violence, in response to calls from community groups.  It is thought around 90 percent of such crimes go unreported because of victims' fears they won't be believed.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/latest/200703210617/government_taskforce_to_be_set_up_to_deal_with_sexual_violence

Jail for China child traffickers
BBC News, 21 March 2007
Five people in eastern China have been sentenced to between seven years and life in jail for kidnapping and selling children, state media has reported.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6473961.stm

One Woman's Story of Prison Rape, and Recovery
NPR - USA, 21 March 2007
Marilyn Shirley, 49, who was sent to a Texas prison on a drug-conspiracy conviction, recalls being raped by a guard. The guard was later convicted of the crime. Today, Marilyn works as an advocate for prison-rape victims.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9032287

Study Links Drug Policies to Prison Rape
NPR - USA, 21 March 2007
A new report set for release on Thursday draws a devastating link between current drug policies in the United States and prison rape. The organization Stop Prisoner Rape is responsible for the study.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9032284

In Nigeria, 20% of girls suffer sexual violence -- Danju
Vanguard - Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria, 23 March 2007
Recently Good Health Weekly spoke with the Executive Director of one these community based NGOs, Ajegunle Community Project (ACP), Alhaja Roli Raliat Danju shortly after its annual programme on Youth and Sexual Violence in Secondary Schools held at Unity Secondary School Tolu Complex Ajegunle, the third of the series.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/articles/2002/features/health/gh420032007.html

A New Ally in the Fight Against Sexual Violence
International Rescue Committee (press release) - New York,NY,USA, 20 March 2007
"What is violence?" Bee Hsu looks at the people sitting in a half circle before him. The group confers, talking in muffled voices. Finally, an old man volunteers, "It is when you harm somebody, not only physically, but also mentally." 
http://www.theirc.org/news/a-new-ally-in-the-fight-032007.html

Gang-rape victim who championed women's rights is hailed a heroine
News.Scotsman.com, 20 March 2007
A PAKISTANI woman who turned her tribal gang-rape ordeal into a crusade for women's rights was honoured by the Council of Europe yesterday. 
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=430252007

Women of Kenyan Tribe Discover They Have Rights and Power 
The Independent, 19 March 2007 
What is a woman worth? In a nomadic village near Marsabit, northern Kenya, I met a smiling, elegant 23-year-old called Torio. We sat at her hut, a dim, smoky, dome-shaped construction walled with newspaper and cardboard and sprigs of sweet-smelling mint. Then, as she spoke, I realised a lot of her smiling seemed involuntary. She was not happy. 
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article2371554.ece

Human Rights Council debates UN expert's report on violence against children
UN News Service, 19 March 2007
The Geneva-based Human Rights Council today held a special debate on violence against children looking at how best to follow-up on last year's study by an independent United Nations expert that calls for a wide range of measures, covering the responsibility of governments and others, to stamp out the global scourge.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=21914&Cr=child&Cr1=

Sex slavery widespread in England 
BBC News, 19 March 2007
Young women tricked into coming to England, often by boyfriends, are being sold off in auctions at airport coffee shops as soon as they arrive.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/6459369.stm

'They raped me again and again'
BBC News, 19 March 2007
 My name is Rosemary from Nigeria, and I am 19 years old.  I ran away from my stepmother on my 18th birthday after she tried to force me to be circumcised.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/6224171.stm

UK women 'threatened with sale'
BBC News, 19 March 2007
The figures are startling. An estimated 4,000 trafficked women are thought to be working in the British sex trade at any one time, having arrived from across the world. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/6435761.stm

The first challenge is placed against the new Law on Sexual Equality
Typically Spanish - Malaga,Spain, 19 March 2007
The political party Centristas is on Tuesday presenting the first challenge to the new Law on Sexual Equality, which was approved by a final vote in Congress last Thursday. It will be presented to the central government offices in Alicante by Centristas President, Jesús Santos Álvarez.
http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_9486.shtml

Ethiopia: Women Call for Help to Save Kamila's Life Newa and Partners Urge for 'Extraordinary Legislative'
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 18 March 2007
The condition of Kamila Hamid, who, in an act of profound cruelty, a jar of inflammable sulfuric acid was splashed on to her body, is deteriorating rapidly after sustaining a severe pain, and her life will be at stake unless she immediately receives medical treatment abroad, the Network of Ethiopian Women Association NEWA and partners said on Friday.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200703191019.html

UN Press Conference By Special Representative For Children And Armed Conflict
All American Patriots (press release) - Taeby,NA,Sweden, 16 March 2007
With new Governments in power in both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, both those countries had pledged to make child protection a major issue, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference today.
http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/m-news+article+storyid-21437.html

Repeat sex offender jailed indefinitely
The Press - Waipara,New Zealand, 20 March 2007
A violent sexual attack on a woman combined with an extensive background of offending has resulted in a sentence of preventive detention for a Christchurch man. 
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/thepress/3999417a6530.html

Teen charged with torture of 15-year-old girl
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March, 2007
A 17-year-old has been charged with the sexual assault and torture of a 15-year-old girl he allegedly held against her will in a central Queensland home, police say.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/03/19/1174152921389.html?sssdmh=dm16.251646&from=top5

The world of modern child slavery 
BBC News, 18 March 2007
Slavery is a word which immediately conjures up very specific images in our minds. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/this_world/6458377.stm

The Women's War
New York Times, 18 March, 2007
Many female soldiers have lived through the terrible violence of the war in Iraq. Others have experienced sexual assault - or worse, a combination of the two. They have found themselves struggling to cope with their lives.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/magazine/18cover.html?th&emc=th

My life as a child prostitute
BBC News, 16 March 2007
Dalyn, 17, was once among the thousands of young children working as prostitutes in Cambodia. Now living in a shelter, this is her disturbing account of being a child sex slave.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/this_world/6422729.stm

Self-Immolation By Oppressed Afghan Women Is Rising, Group Says
Associated Press, 15 March, 2007
KABUL, Afghanistan - One woman committed suicide by setting herself ablaze after her father-in-law tried to rape her. Another set herself on fire because her brothers would not let her marry, preferring that she remain their servant at home. Yet another told her mother before she died that her husband beat her daily.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/4633020.html

COTE D'IVOIRE: Rights group calls attention to sexual violence
IRIN News, 15 march 2007
Five years ago a group of fighters marched into Alice Bébo's village, set it on fire and gave the women and girls a choice: submit to rape or die. 
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=70727

Ivorian Women 'Forgotten Victims' 
BBC News, 15 March 2007
Sexual violence against women in Ivory Coast's conflict has been ignored, says Amnesty International in a new report.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6453123.stm

Sexual Victimization Experienced By Eighteen Percent Of Young Women
Medical News Today, 15 March 2007
Sexual victimization can mean several things -- verbal coercion to have sex with an intimate partner, rape by a stranger, a woman fondled in a bar or forced intercourse when a woman is too intoxicated to consent or object.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=65141&nfid=al

Liberia: Rape, Gender Violence the Norm in Post-War Liberia
AllAfrica.com, 7 March 2007
When the West African state of Liberia was torn apart by 14 years of civil war, the victims of the brutal insurgency included mostly women and children who were subject to rape and sexual violence.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200703080236.html

New Report Finds: International Agencies Fail to Address Violence Against Women in HIV/AIDS Programs
Center for Health and Gender Equity, Press Release, 6 march 2007
Women Won't Wait, a new international coalition of women's groups, launched its campaign to end HIV and violence against women with a new report released today: "Show Us the Money: Is Violence Against Women on the HIV&AIDS Donor Agenda?"
http://www.womenwontwait.org <http://www.womenwontwait.org/> 




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