[Svrilist] SV in the News

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Nov 9 09:24:03 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. 

Sexual Violence in the News:

U.S. Says South Africa Impedes U.N. Motion to Condemn Rape as a Tactic 
The New York Times, 09 November 2007
The United States accused South Africa on Thursday of obstructing an American-drafted General Assembly resolution that would specifically condemn rape and sexual abuse used by governments and armed groups to achieve political and military objectives.

'Village girls being targeted'
Times of India, 08 November 2007
India at present is carrying a red danger tag as far as child abuse and human trafficking is concerned.

Serb Nationalist's Trial Begins in The Hague 
The New York Times, 08 November 2007
The man considered the main propagandist of the Serbian nationalism that led to four disastrous wars went on trial on Wednesday at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Recruit cleared of rape waiting to see if police will have him back
New Zealand Herald, 08 November 2007
A suspended police recruit cleared three months ago of a brutal rape is still waiting to see if police will reinstate him, or if he will have to fight for his job.

Teen due in court over Derry rape
The Irish Times, 08 November 2007
A teenager is to be charged with the rape of an American girl outside a bar in Derry. The youth, aged 18, is due to appear at a court in the city tomorrow, police said.

Women cry after rape case is postponed
Independent Online, 06 November 2007
Rape victims who came face to face with an alleged serial rapist for the first time in years broke down in tears in the corridors of the Cape High Court.

Oprah "cleans house" in South Africa school abuse case
Reuters, 05 November 2007
U.S. talk show host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey said on Monday she was "cleaning house" at her exclusive all-girl academy in South Africa after a dormitory matron was charged with abusing students.

Excerpt from The War on Women
The Star, 03 November 2007
In 1986, Brian Vallée shone the spotlight on wife battering in Life With Billy, the story of Jane Hurshman, a Nova Scotia woman who shot her husband to death after five years of severe abuse.

Husband dead but wife's fear lives on
The Star, 03 November 2007
I am familiar with the concepts of battered wife syndrome, learned helplessness, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), cyclical violence, traumatic bonding, and victimization. All of those may be relevant to why a woman stays in an abusive relationship.

CHAD-SUDAN: Legal framework a hindrance in 'child-trafficking' case 
IRIN News, 01 November 2007
Chadian and UN officials say the absence of a child trafficking law in Chad will hamper efforts to prosecute members of a French association who were arrested in the country while trying to take 103 children to host families in France.

Judge Decried in Prostitute Rape Case
Associated Press, 01 November 2007
In a rare rebuke, a bar association has criticized a judge for refusing to uphold sexual assault charges against a man accused of letting friends rape a prostitute he had hired. The judge said she considered the case "theft of services."

Staff cuts hit rape centre
Independent Online, 31 October 2007
Khayelitsha's acclaimed 24-hour rape centre, which treats on average three rape survivors every day, is the latest casualty of provincial health cuts.

Australian court says spider bite no excuse for rape
International Herald Tribune, 31 October 2007
A man who said a poisonous spider bite compelled him to rape a woman 10 years ago has been sentenced to eight years in jail, local media reported Thursday.

Beinisch: Omission of rape charge is victory for Katsav 
Haaretz, 31 October 2007
The amended indictment against Moshe Katsav bears no reference to sexual acts - an achievement for Katsav, High Court Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch said yesterday, implying criticism of the plea bargain Katsav had worked out with the Attorney General after he was suspected of rape.

US official says North Korean women fleeing into China vulnerable to trafficking
International Herald Tribune, 31 October 2007
A U.S. official said that North Korean women crossing into China are particularly vulnerable to "human trafficking," the forced labor and prostitution that the United States calls a modern-day form of slavery.

Serial rape accused's 'witness' backtracks
Asia's Focus on Sons May Fuel Sexual Violence, UN Report Says
Bloomberg, 30 October 2007
The focus on having sons in Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, India and Nepal may fuel sexual violence and trafficking in women, the United Nations said in a report.

Treating sexual violence in Haiti
Doctors Without Borders, 30 October 2007
Olivia Gayraud, a French emergency nurse, helped open the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 56-bed emergency medical and surgical program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Port-au-Prince in October 2004. In March 2007, she became head of mission at the project, which now includes a program to treat victims of sexual violence with medical and mental health care.

Woman found dead after rape claim
BBC News, 29 October 2007
A woman found dead on a beach in Teesside made a rape allegation five days before she died, police say.

UN agencies team up to help Somali rape victims
UN News Centre, 26 October 2007
Amid the chaos of fighting and displacement in Somalia, United Nations agencies are working to address the growing problem of sexual violence in the country, which has not had a functioning government since 1991 and where an upsurge in violence has forced thousands to flee their homes.

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