[Svrilist] SV in the News: 30 11 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Nov 30 08:02:49 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:

Inquiry focuses on Christchurch after Dunedin rape suspect hitched lift
New Zealand Herald, 30 November 2007
Dunedin police hunting a man who savagely raped a young woman will focus
their inquiries on Christchurch after it was confirmed the suspected
offender was dropped there only hours after the attack.

Hypnotist exploited patient for sexual gratification
Sydney Morning Herald, 30 November 2007
A HYPNOTIST who started a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient
had exploited the woman and abused his position of power and trust, a
court has ruled.

Rape victim verdict review
New Zealand Herald, 29 November 2007
A Saudi court will review the case of a young gang rape victim sentenced
to jail and flogging after she was convicted of violating the country's
strict sex segregation laws, the Foreign Minister was quoted as saying.

DR Congo child rape victim dies
BBC New, 29 November 2007
An 11-month-old baby girl has died in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo a day after she was raped, the UN says.

Pakistani girl axed by father, kin in 'honour killing'
Times of India, 29 November 2007
A girl in Pakistan's Punjab province became victim of 'honour killing'
when she was axed to death by her father and close relatives for
allegedly having an affair with a boy of her locality.

Greek police break up international sex trafficking ring
International Herald Tribune, 29 November 2007
Police raids in Greece's two largest cities on Thursday shut down a
network trafficking in women for the sex trade in Greece and several
other countries.

Atrocities Alleged in Eastern Ethiopia 
The New York Times, 29 November 2007
In the desert stretches of eastern Ethiopia, locals accuse soldiers
fighting an insurgency of burning villages to the ground, committing
gang rape and killing people ''like goats.''

Rape victims unable to access help
Guardian Unlimited, 28 November 2007
Victims of rape and domestic violence have no crisis centres or refuges
to go to in some parts of Britain.

Dispelling the myths surrounding rape 
BBC News, 28 November 2007
The government is to set up a panel of experts to tackle misconceptions
of jurors in rape cases. What are the myths surrounding rape cases?
UN: New Post to Combat Violence Against Children

Human Rights Watch, 27 November 2007
The UN General Assembly's decision today to establish a special
representative to the secretary-general on violence against children is
a welcome step toward combating this worldwide problem, said a broad
coalition of human rights groups and child rights advocates.

Lower rate of rape victims reporting to police
Jerusalem Post, 27 November 2007
There has been a steady drop in the number of rape victims reporting the
crimes against them to the police, the Association of Rape Crisis
Centers reported Tuesday to the Knesset Committee on the Status of

'40% of all Irish women experience sexual assault'
Belfast Telegraph, 27 November 2007
The Women's Aid organisation is claiming that 40% of all women in
Ireland experience some form of sexual assault.

Horror of gender based violence in the Congo
ReliefWeb, 26 November 2007
The use of rape as a weapon of warfare and tool of "ethnic cleansing",
through forced pregnancy and as a means of propagating HIV to the
"enemy" is synonymous with the Great Lakes region of Africa.

JORDAN: Mere suspicion of an illicit affair often leads to "honour
killings" - study 
IRIN News, 26 November 2007
A quarter of all women killed in Jordan for having an illicit
relationship die merely because they were suspected of involvement in
such a relationship, while only 15 per cent are killed after adultery is
proven, a study by UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has revealed.

West Africa urged to reduce vulnerability of children to trafficking
ReliefWeb, 26 November 2007
At an international meeting on trafficking in children and armed
conflict taking place from 26-28 November in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, the
Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, urged governments of West and Central
Africa to reduce the vulnerability of children to human trafficking.

Saudi Official Criticizes Ruling on Rape Victim 
The New York Times, 26 November 2007
A senior Saudi official on Monday sought to distance his government from
a court's decision to sentence a woman who was gang-raped to 200 lashes.

Not all rape is the same
The Mail & Guardian, 26 November 2007
In 2005 I spoke to a traumatised filmmaker who had returned from the
Democratic Republic of Congo where he interviewed a 19-year-old woman
who 18 months before had been raped by 49 soldiers, one after the other.

Why is it so difficult to legislate against the brutality of rape?
The Times, 25 November 2007
Passing the Sexual Offences Bill, albeit far from perfect, is the least
that can be done to begin restoring the souls of raped women and
children - and of a nation ravaged by violence, writes Margie Orford.

The world continues to look away. Don't
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 2007
Some stories, as horrific as they are, need to be read by everyone. This
is one of them. Brian O'Connell reports


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