[Svrilist] SV in the News: 05 10 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 5 10:39:58 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:

Recent atrocities overshadow Myanmar's bloody past
Los Angeles Times, 05 October 2007
The papers purported to document countless rapes, murders, village
burnings, forced displacements and other atrocities allegedly
perpetrated in his Shan state, an ethnic minority region in northwestern

Eight boys arrested in alleged sexual assault of four girls
Globe and Mail, 05 October 2007
In a further shock to a Toronto school system still grappling with two
homicides during the past five months, eight boys aged 12 and 13 face
sexual assault charges after four girls told of being molested on the
grounds of an Etobicoke middle school.

41 arrested in New Jersey child porn sweep; suspects accused of putting
rape pictures on Internet
International Herald Tribune, 04 October 2007
More than three dozen people in New Jersey have been charged with
sending child rape photos and videos over the Internet, officials said

Sex trafficking victims rescued by police may face deportation
Guardian Unlimited, 04 October
Some victims of sex traffickers rescued from prostitution in a new
national police crackdown will face deportation, the home secretary,
Jacqui Smith, said yesterday.

'Lenient' rape sentences appealed 
BBC News, 04 October 2007
The attorney general has gone to the Appeal Court to appeal against the
"unduly lenient" sentences on two men convicted of raping under-age

Sudan criticised over Darfur rapes
Al Jazeera.net, 04 October 2007
An international group of activists, including Desmond Tutu, the South
African nobel peace prize winner and Jimmy Carter, the former US
president, has called on Sudan to do more to combat widespread cases of
rape in Darfur.

Nicaragua's abortion ban putting women's lives at risk, US rights group
International Herald Tribune, 03 October 2007
A recent ban on all abortions is putting women's lives at risk in
Nicaragua, where doctors are now unwilling to attend to some obstetric
emergencies and women are too afraid to seek help, doctors and a U.S.
human rights group said.

Few legal options for abused Palestinian women, say activists
IRIN News, 03 October 2007
Palestinian female victims of domestic violence have little chance of
escaping their situation or bringing the perpetrators to justice as they
face a legal system stacked in favour of the accused and a prevailing
attitude that places blame on the victim, women's rights experts said.

U.N. says tackle human trafficking with economics
Reuters, 03 October 2007
CAPE TOWN, Millions of humans trafficked around the world will keep
falling victim to an insatiable demand for cheap labour unless countries
put an end to the "darker side" of globalisation, a U.N. agency said on

'I was sold for 2,000 euros' 
BBC News, 03 October 2007
When Anna was just 12, she ran away from her home in Albania after
befriending an older man.

Nigeria police hold five politicians in gang rape
Reuters, 02 October 2007
Police have arrested five members of the ruling People's Democratic
Party (PDP) in southwestern Nigeria on suspicion of gang-raping a
teenage schoolgirl, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

String of rapes reported in Mpumalanga
The Mail and Guardian, 02 October 2007
Mpumalanga's organised crime unit has arrested five men following a
string of rapes in the province over the weekend. More arrests are

Church 'shocked' by sexual abuse allegations
Independent Online, 02 October 2007
The Catholic Church says it has noted "with great sadness" allegations
of child sexual abuse levelled against former Bishop of Johannesburg and
Boys' Town founder Reginald Orsmond.

Dowry death: Woman found hanging
Times of India, 01 October 2007
In what appears to be a dowry death case, body of a woman was found
hanging from a ceiling fan in her house on Saturday night in the Simbal
chowk area..

UNIFEM, RDF decry gender violence
Sunday Times, Rwanda, 30 September 2007
CALLS for a holistic understanding of gender equality concepts and
respect for human rights dominated Thursday's gender based violence
meeting at the Ministry of defense headquarters.

BURKINA FASO: Girl's death prompts search for new strategies to fight
IRIN News, 27 September 2007
The death of a 14-year-old girl from female genital mutilation/cutting
(FGM/C) has sparked shock and anger in Burkina Faso, which has been seen
as far ahead of other African countries in the fight against the

SWAZILAND: Foetuses in a stream highlight plight of women 
IRIN News, 26 September 2007
The discovery of about eighty foetuses in a stream used by a peri-urban
community in Swaziland has raised disturbing questions about the
desperation of women in a country where unwanted pregnancies are common,
abortion is illegal and two-thirds of the population live in poverty.

Jeffs follower charged with rape of child bride
CNN, 26 September 2007
A young man whose arranged marriage to a young cousin led to the
conviction of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was charged Wednesday
with her rape.

Gang rape terms cut
The Citizen, 25 September 2007
A Johannesburg High Court judge on Friday imposed sentences less than
the prescribed life imprisonment for the gang rape of Belgian foreign
exchange student. 

Police investigate rape on the river
Mmegi Online, 25 September 2007
FRANCISTOWN: A Zimbabwean illegal immigrant was allegedly caught
red-handed by the police raping a woman suspected to be a commercial sex
worker on Saturday night near Tati River.

Agra 'rape' prompts police move
BBC News, 24 September 2007
A special tourist police station is to be set up in the Indian city of
Agra, home of the Taj Majal monument to love.

Courts 'treat relationship rape too lightly'
The Age, 23 September 2007
MEN who sexually assault their ex-wives and partners should not get away
with lighter sentences than other rapists, according to an authority on
rape sentencing.

Body of rape-murder victim exhumed Monday 
Inquirer.net, Philippines, 22 September 2007
The body of Geraldine Palma, the 7-year-old girl rape and murder victim,
will be exhumed Monday, according to the National Bureau of

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