[Svrilist] SV in the News: 16 12 07

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Fri Nov 16 16:19:08 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> . 

Sexual Violence in the News:

Gang-rape case against U.S. marines dropped
Daily Yomiuri Online, 16 November 2007
The Hiroshima District Public Prosecutors Office on Thursday dropped its case against four U.S. marines who had been suspected of gang-raping a 19-year-old woman in Hiroshima in October.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20071116TDY02310.htm <http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20071116TDY02310.htm> 

Court Sentences Rape Victim 
The New York Times, 16 November 2007
A Saudi court sentenced a woman who had been gang raped to six months in jail and 200 lashes -- more than doubling her initial penalty for being in the car of a man who was not a relative, a newspaper reported Thursday.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Saudi-Justice.html?_r=1&oref=slogin <http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Saudi-Justice.html?_r=1&oref=slogin> 

Exploring the sex trade and its human costs
International Herald Tribune, 15 November 2007
One of the bigger hurdles in producing "Holly," a drama about sex trafficking, was finding a Vietnamese girl to play the title character, a 12-year-old sold into the notorious Cambodian brothel town known as K11.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/14/arts/holly.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/14/arts/holly.php> 

Tackling rape: Slow progress
The Economist, 15 November 2007
THE snowy-white heads of the Conservative Women's Organisation nodded vigorously. David Cameron, the party's young leader, was in serious mode. Britain's record on rape, he said on November 12th, betrayed a "moral collapse".
http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10134016 <http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10134016> 

North Coast hot zone for sexual assault: report
Brisbane Times, 15 November 2007
Reports of rape and sexual assault offences have increased in all but three Queensland regions, according to data from Queensland police.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/north-coast-hot-zone-for-sexual-assault-report/2007/11/15/1194766866945.html <http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/north-coast-hot-zone-for-sexual-assault-report/2007/11/15/1194766866945.html> 

SOUTH AFRICA: Gender inequality turns fatal 
IRIN News, 15 November 2007
She was a mother, a nurse, a wife and she had had enough, but days after laying charges of abuse against her husband, just outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Roseline Mathole, 49, was missing. A week later, she was dead.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75332 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75332> 

Sri Lankan maids face abuse in Gulf: rights group
Reuters, 14 November 2007
Gulf Arab governments, including those of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, are failing to curb serious abuses faced by Sri Lankan maids in their countries, a U.S.-based rights group said on Wednesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1343293420071114 <http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1343293420071114> 

Displaced in Somalia: Faduma 
BBC News, 14 November 2007
There is a lot of rape. One woman in our camp was gang raped. Some men came in from outside, took her baby from her and gave the baby to the father, and then three men raped her. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7092212.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7092212.stm> 

Murder, rape case postponed 17 times
Independent Online, 14 November 2007
If Nandipha Makeke had made it to the police station in Khayelitsha the night she was raped almost two years ago, it would have been one of more than 80 cases to be reported at that police station that month.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20071114035423977C850313 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20071114035423977C850313> 

In Guinea-Bissau, a victim of female genital mutilation/cutting calls for its end
UNICEF, 13 November 2007
Nhima Cisse, now 42, was 8 years old when she was cut. "I can never forget the pain and trauma I went through that day," she says.
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/guineabissau_41785.html <http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/guineabissau_41785.html> 

'Rape happens. We are human beings'
The Mail and Guardian, 13 November 2007
"This thing of rape," said Colonel Edmond Ngarambe, shifting uneasily on his wooden bench high in the mountains of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, "I can't deny that happens. We are human beings.

Italy jails Pakistanis for murder 
BBC News, 13 November 2007
The 21-year-old woman had been living with an Italian boyfriend and had reportedly refused to marry a man chosen by her family to be her husband.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7093020.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7093020.stm> 

Girl recounts mutilation and rape
Independent Online, 13 November 2007
A slim KwaZulu-Natal schoolgirl told the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday how she was raped three times after skin was cut from her.

US man charged with raping daughters, accused of using shock collar to enforce obedience
International Herald Tribune, 13 November 2007
A rural Tennessee father is accused of raping his two teenage daughters and using electric dog collars to establish dominance over them, authorities said Tuesday.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/14/america/NA-GEN-US-Shock-Collar-Arrests.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/14/america/NA-GEN-US-Shock-Collar-Arrests.php> 

SA, US clash over attempt to condemn rape in war
The Times, 11 November 2007
South African and US officials have clashed in a major diplomatic spat, with South Africa accused of selling out rape victims, and the Americans accused by Pretoria's head envoy of grandstanding .
http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=610082 <http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=610082> 

Psychiatric hospital kept mum about sexual assault 
Haaretz, 11 November 2007
A psychiatric hospital in the Galilee failed to report a sexual assault that occurred last summer between two patients, a male and a female, Haaretz has learned.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/922551.html <http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/922551.html> 

Child wives break free of chains
The Telegraph, 10 November 2007
Ruksar couldn't take the torture any more. Then one day, the 14-year-old ran away from her 45-year-old husband who beat her and forced her to slog 15 hours a day on cotton and chilli fields.
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071111/asp/frontpage/story_8535091.asp <http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071111/asp/frontpage/story_8535091.asp> 

Israel's fight against sex trafficking
BBC News, 06 November 2007
Marina rarely leaves her two-room home in northern Israel these days.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7070929.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7070929.stm> 


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