[Svrilist] SV in the News 30 03 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 30 11:07:22 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

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:

Burma: Chin women's group launch rape report
Asian Tribune, 28 March 2007
A new report documenting the use of rape against ethnic women in Burma
was launched today, as Burma's regime marks "Armed Forces Day".

Top school rocked by child porn allegations
The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 March 2007
ONE of the oldest private schools in rural Australia, The Armidale
School, has been left reeling by allegations that one of its senior
teachers has been engaged in internet child pornography.

Nigeria: Gender Violence - Schools Urged on Clubs
This Day (Lagos), 27 March 2007
Authorities of both junior and senior secondary schools in Lagos State
have been urged to inaugurate and sustain clubs to help curb gender
violence amongst the students.

Japan PM apologises for WWII sex slaves
Reuters, 27 March 2007
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under fire abroad for denying
government involvement in forcing women to serve as sex slaves during
WWII, said yesterday he was "apologising here and now as the prime

Cruise Ship Crimes New FBI Priority; Sexual Assault, Violence And
Alcohol All Are Key
All Headline News, 27 March 2007 
A senior official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tells
Congress that over 70 percent of crimes committed against Americans in
international waters occur aboard a cruise ship.

Sexual assault: Rhetoric and Reality
The McGill Tribune, 27 March 2007
Throughout April-National Sexual Assault Awareness Month-a number of
local campaigns will be introduced dedicated to increasing public
awareness about sexual violence in our society. 

Panel aims to decrease rape in prisons
The Daily Texan, 27 March 2007
Protecting prisoners from sexually violent acts while incarcerated was a
key issue at public hearings for the National Prison Rape Elimination
Commission Monday.

Confronting Gender-Based Violence in Central Africa
CARE Connections, 26 March 2007
Six women gathered in a room in a small village in the Democratic
Republic of Congo - all survivors of rape. They described how their
lives had changed after being raped, the lack of services and the lack
of support. 

UN highlights human trafficking
BBC NEWS, 26 March 2007
The UN has launched a campaign to highlight human trafficking, an issue
it says has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade.

New service model to strengthen support for victims of sexual violence
Media-Newswire, 26 March 2007
The Social Welfare Department has further strengthened services to
victims of sexual violence with the setting up of a 24-hour crisis
hotline and improved co-ordination among government departments and

Mexican Senate To Consider Bill That Would Allow Abortion In First Three
Months Of Pregnancy
Medical News Today, 26 March 2007
Senators from Mexico's Party of the Democratic Revolution, the country's
largest leftist party, on Tuesday introduced a bill that would legalize
abortion nationwide during the first three months of pregnancy, the
AP/Guardian reports.

Christopher Pearson: Facing cultural reality
The Australian, 24 March 2007
SINCE the 1960s, across the spectrum of Australian politics, there has
been a default position on traditional Aboriginal culture.

Domestic abuse deaths soar 74%
Detroit News, 24 March 2007
Shelters turned away 7,000 victims in 2006 as violence overwhelms
Michigan agencies.

Rape case bungled
Mail and Guardian, 23 March 2007
Insult has been added to injury for the 24-year-old woman who survived a
horrific gang rape in a cell at the Volksrust police station last month.
First the prosecution of the police on duty that night was bungled by
poor investigation, now she is being forced to pay a R50 fine for public

Senegal Makes Progress Against Female Genital Excision
Los Angeles Times, 23 March 2007
When Oureye Sall walked through her village in years past, young girls
would flee in silent panic at the sight of her face. She was the cutter.

Germany Cites Koran in Rejecting Divorce
The New York Times, 22 March 2007
German judge has stirred a storm of protest here by citing the Koran in
turning down a German Muslim woman's request for a fast-track divorce on
the ground that her husband beat her.

Women rescued as police flash-raids net traffickers
Taipei Times, 22 March 2007
Police yesterday busted a trafficking ring that was bringing young women
into the country from Indonesia using fake marriages, and then forcing
them to work in appalling conditions as virtual slaves.

Sudanese women to be stoned for adultery
Reuters AlertNet, 20 March 2007
Two Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery
after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not
their first language.

Government takes lead in action against sexual violence 
Scoop Independent News, 20 March 2007
The Labour-led government is acting to effectively address sexual
violence by responding to community calls for a taskforce on this
complex issue.

Govt takes lead in action against sexual violence
Scoop.co.nz, 20 March 2007
The Labour-led government is acting to effectively address sexual
violence by responding to community calls for a taskforce on this
complex issue. 

No boundaries in war on sex trafficking
BBC News, 19 March 2007
Almost a year ago to the day residents of the Cornish city of Truro
watched in amazement as police officers swooped on a house in a quiet

New Report Finds: International Agencies Fail to Address Violence
Against Women in HIV/AIDS Programs
Women Won't Wait, 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 Funding Agenda?"
http://www.womenwontwait.org <http://www.womenwontwait.org/> 

Increase in cases of gender violence blamed on cultural beliefs
Capital FM
The government on Monday said the biggest impediment to the fight
against gender violence is deep rooted traditions and false beliefs.


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