[Svrilist] SV in the News: 12 10 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 12 10:12:57 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:

'In most states, women don't even feel victimised'
Times of India, 12 October 2007
Experts say the way women in India are brought up explains why only one
in four abused women seek help to try and end the violence.

Teacher jailed for raping students
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 October 2007
A teacher who molested and raped his students will spend the next year
behind bars.

Congo's rape war - Savage sexual violence is sweeping the troubled
nation, demanding a global response
ReliefWeb, 11 October 2007
DESPITE MANY WARNINGS, nothing quite prepared me for what I heard last
month from survivors of a sexual violence so brutal it staggers the
imagination and mocked my notions of human decency.

Sex crimes: children getting younger
Independent Online, 11 October 2007
Incidents of sexual violence committed by children against other
children are rising, yet many of the culprits don't even know what they
are doing or that it is wrong.

Legal or not, abortion rates similar
International Herald Tribune, 11 October 2007
A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion
rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is
not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women
seeking it.

Cleared of rape 
Gulf Daily News, 11 October 2007
Bahrain. A KILLER was yesterday cleared of rape charges because his
68-year-old victim died 10 days after he attacked her and was buried
without a full forensic examination.

China jails woman for posing as teenage rape victim on the Internet
The International Herald Tribune, 10 October 2007
Police in central China have jailed a 50-year-old woman for posing as a
teenage rape victim on the Internet, an official and state media said

Zimbabwe police torture women activists: report
Reuters, 10 October 2007
Zimbabwean security forces routinely torture and sexually abuse women
opposed to President Robert Mugabe's government, a human rights group
said on Wednesday.

SUDAN: Darfur attack "targeted women and children"
IRIN News, 10 October 2007
The recent attack on Muhajiriya town in South Darfur, in which 45 people
died and thousands fled their homes, mainly targeted women, children and
the elderly, a rebel faction said.

Man freed after 12 years for rape he didn't commit, another mistake by
Houston PD lab
The International Herald Tribune, 10 October 2007
A man who spent a dozen years in prison for a rape he did not commit was
freed, the third inmate to be released because of problems with the
Houston Police Department's crime lab.

Woman rescued in trafficking raid
BBC News, 09 October 2007
A woman has been rescued and three people arrested in part of an
operation by Leicestershire Police to tackle sex trafficking in the

Burundi: No protection from rape in war and peace
Reliefweb, 09 October 2007
I discovered that my husband had raped our eight-year-old girl. He told
me that because the girl was his daughter, he could do it again if he

Iraqis divided by constitution's treatment of women
LA Times, 09 October 2007
It has been nearly 30 years since she got married, but Iraqi legislator
Samira Musawi still bristles at what she considers the ultimate
indignity: a law requiring witnesses to certify the rite.

Attempt to change child-rape law
Independent Online, 09 October 2007
Three children's rights organisations - two of which are Durban-based -
are leading the charge against present rules governing how raped
children must testify in court, aiming to have them deemed
unconstitutional and struck from the law books.

Thousands risk genital mutilation
BBC News, 09 October 2007
More than 20,000 girls under 15 in England and Wales could be at risk of
genital mutilation, a charity warns.

Bulgarian officials say legalizing prostitution could spur human
International Herald Tribune, 09 October 2007
Bulgarian officials have warned that legalizing prostitution could
increase the number of women and children who fall victim to human
traffickers and turn the country into a haven for sex tourism.

Sex abuse haunts half of all women
Herald Sun, 09 October 2007
ALMOST half of Australian women aged 18-41 were sexually abused as a

Sexual Brutality Accompanies War in Congo
VOA News, 08 October 2007
The United Nations says the prevalence of sexual violence in the eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst in the world.

Police investigate alleged rape of girl, 17
New Zealand Herald, 08 October 2007
Police are investigating reports that a 17-year-old high school student
was raped in Auckland's Myers Park.

Eight men charged with raping a 29-year old woman are still roaming the
The Times Multimedia
Paula Chowles exposes how the country's legal system has failed this
woman and many other victims of rape.

Iraqi women: Prostituting ourselves to feed our children
The women are too afraid and ashamed to show their faces or have their
real names used. They have been driven to sell their bodies to put food
on the table for their children -- for as little as $8 a day.

Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated
evidence-based responses.

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