[Svrilist] SV in the News: 23 11 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Nov 23 08:55:55 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:

Teen-brides flee from oppressive marriages
Times of India, 23 November 2007
Not able to withstand the torture by her 45-year-old husband anymore,
14-year-old Aamina Khatun (name changed) drank kerosene one night, in a
bid to commit suicide.

Clinton lashes White House over Saudi rape
Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 2007
Hillary Clinton has condemned the sentencing of a Saudi rape victim to
200 lashes and six months in jail as an outrage and rebuked the White
House for its response.

Man who raped aunt begs for forgiveness
Independent Online, 22 November 2007
A man who pleaded guilty to raping his aunt but denied murdering her,
broke down in the Grahamstown High Court on Thursday and begged for

ISRAEL: MPs, activists battle to raise minimum marriage age to 18 
IRIN News, 22 November 2007
A coalition of members of parliament and women's rights activists have
joined hands in an attempt to raise Israel's minimum age for marriage to
18, saying that young wedlock harms the girls' health and violates their
right to education.

Kenya records drop in female cut cases 
Daily Nation, 22 November 2007
Kenya has recorded a big drop in cases of female circumcision in the
last eight years - from a prevalence of 50 per cent in 1999 to the
current 34 per cent.

UN urged to punish sexual war crimes
ABC News, 22 November 2007
The head of the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Agency, John Holmes,
has urged the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on those who
perpetrate or support sexual violence in war.

'Honour' killing: pressure grows on UK to extradite suspect from Iraq
Guardian Unlimited, 22 November 2007
A man who is wanted in the UK for his alleged involvement in a notorious
"honour" killing has been arrested in northern Iraq and offered for
extradition, the Guardian has learned.

Nicaraguan court sentences man to 30 years for raping, impregnating
9-year-old stepdaughter
International Herald Tribune, 21 November  2007
A man convicted of raping and impregnating his 9-year-old stepdaughter
has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Polygamist leader sentenced for his role in child rape case
Los Angeles Times, 21 November 2007
Warren Jeffs receives two consecutive terms of five years to life for
forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin.

Brutalised for being on the 'wrong side'
The Mail and Guardian, 21 November 2007
"This thing of rape," said Colonel Edmond Ngarambe, shifting uneasily on
his wooden bench high in the mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo, "I can't deny that happens.

Saudis defend punishment for rape victim 
Associated Press (Yahoo News), 21 November 2007
The Saudi judiciary on Tuesday defended a court verdict that sentenced a
19-year-old victim of a gang rape to six months in jail and 200 lashes
because she was with an unrelated male when they were attacked.

NCOP approves ground-breaking Sexual Offences Bill
BuaNews, 20 November 2007
The ground-breaking Sexual Offences Amendment Bill has been approved by
the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on the eve of the 16 Days of
Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

Maniema: MONUC in the fight against sexual violence
MONUC, 20 November 2007
The fight against sexual violence and HIV/ Aids was part of a public
awareness campaign carried out from 12-17 November 2007 in the mining
city of Kalima, located 100 km from Kindu, by MONUC Kindu's Public
Information division and the NGO AHUPADE (Humanitarian Action for Peace
and Development).

Child-on-child rape case stuns small Georgia
CNN, 20 November 2007
They could barely see over the courtroom table, and their legs were too
short to reach the floor: An 8-year-old and two 9-year-old boys, accused
of raping an 11-year-old neighbor.

China catches suspect in mass child rape case
Reuters, 20 November 2007
Chinese police have caught a fugitive suspect linked to the rape of more
than 20 young children, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday.

African human traffic is catalyst for child abuse
Reuters, 18 November 2007
Akissi was not even 10 when she was sent abroad from Togo to work as a
domestic servant for a woman who beat her and twice forced chili peppers
into her vagina to punish her.

UN rape debate a shameful spat
The Times, 18 November 2007
When nations of the world face threats of international instability,
especially war, they correctly look to the United Nations to broker

19 girls accuse Russian of abuse in Cambodia's biggest pedophilia case
International Herald Tribune, 16 November 2007
Nineteen girls have claimed they were sexually abused by a Russian
businessman who was arrested in Cambodia last month - the largest number
of Cambodian children to allege abuse by one person in a pedophilia
case, police said.

Uganda sets up red-light district
BBC News, 16 November 2007
Special zones to control the activities of commercial sex workers are
being set up in Uganda's capital ahead of the Commonwealth leaders'

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