[Svrilist] SV in the News: 10 10 07

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Fri Oct 19 12:12:11 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> . For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Japan Probes Reported Gang - Rape By U.S. Marines
The New York Times, 19 October 2007
Police in Japan are investigating allegations that four U.S. Marines raped a 19-year-old Japanese woman, media and officials said, the latest episode to plague the U.S. military's relations with local communities.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-japan-usa-military.html?_r=1&oref=slogin <http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-japan-usa-military.html?_r=1&oref=slogin> 

'Serial rapist' has a go at 'vengeful victim'
Independent Online, 19 October 2007
Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, dubbed the country's worst serial rapist, keeps blaming others for him being on the stand.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_South%20Africa&set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20071019043500133C398732 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_South%20Africa&set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20071019043500133C398732> 

Some sex offenders go untracked
Los Angeles Times, 19 October 2007
Hundreds of California sex offenders who are supposed to be monitored for life under an initiative approved by voters last year are now unsupervised because the law does not detail who is responsible for tracking them or how to pay for enforcement.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-offenders19oct19,0,6116786.story?coll=la-home-center <http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-offenders19oct19,0,6116786.story?coll=la-home-center> 

SA is human trafficking hotspot
SABC News, 18 October 2007
South Africa is being used as a destination and transit point as well as a source of human trafficking, the International Association of Women Judges were told at a conference in Boksburg today.
http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/social/0,2172,157701,00.html <http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/social/0,2172,157701,00.html> 

Consent defined in new rape law
The Daily Telegraph, 18 October 2007
A TOUGH, "no means no" rape law will be passed next week by the State Government.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22603668-5001021,00.html <http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22603668-5001021,00.html> 

ZIMBABWE: Dangerous sex in "small houses" 
IRIN News, 18 October 2007
There's a weekly television soap about the phenomenon, and even a hit rap song, as Zimbabweans begin to own up to "small houses" - long-term illicit sexual relationships - and their impact on HIV transmission.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=74853 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=74853> 

Human trafficker's sentence cut 
BBC News, 18 October 2007
A man jailed for eight years for trafficking two Brazilian women into the UK to make them work in a brothel has had his sentence cut by half.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/7050785.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/7050785.stm> 

Finns break up prostitution ring led from neighboring Russia
International Herald Tribune, 18 October 2007
Finnish police and border guards have broken up a prostitution ring controlled from neighboring Russia, officials said Thursday.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/18/europe/EU-GEN-Finland-Russia-Prostitution.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/18/europe/EU-GEN-Finland-Russia-Prostitution.php> 

Landlord's son held for rape, murder
The Times of India, 18 October 2007
A seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted and later strangled by her landlord's son in Mehrauli. The police have registered a case and arrested the accused who would be produced at the Patiala House court on Thursday.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Delhi/Landlords_son_held_for_rape_murder/articleshow/2468966.cms <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Delhi/Landlords_son_held_for_rape_murder/articleshow/2468966.cms> 

Iran hangs three men in public for rape, kidnap
Reuters, 17 October 2007
Iran hanged three men in public on Wednesday for kidnapping and raping two women, Iranian media said, the latest in a series of executions in the Islamic state criticised by rights groups and the European Union.
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-30032920071017 <http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-30032920071017> 

Two guilty of rape at Keetmanshoop
The Namibian, 17 October 2007
TWO Keetmanshoop residents who were accused of raping a woman after an all-night drinking session in early 2005 were found guilty in the High Court in Windhoek on charges of rape and attempted rape on Friday.
http://www.namibian.com.na/2007/October/national/07C3411640.html <http://www.namibian.com.na/2007/October/national/07C3411640.html> 

Case quashed over lawyer on jury 
BBC News, 17 October 2007
Law lords have overturned the rape conviction of a man in what his defence team are claiming could be a landmark judgement.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/7049400.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/7049400.stm> 

Malaysian woman claims rape after sex with 'wrong man'
International Herald Tribune, 16 October 2007
A Malaysian woman who had sex with a houseguest says she mistakenly thought the man was her husband and has filed a complaint that she was raped, police said Tuesday.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/16/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Wrong-Man.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/16/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Wrong-Man.php> 

Widespread child marriage blamed for domestic violence
ReliefWeb, 16 October 2007
Fifteen-year-old Razia (not her real name) has been imprisoned in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, for escaping from her husband's house and eloping with another man.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/KHII-7832PM?OpenDocument&query=Sexual%20Violence <http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/KHII-7832PM?OpenDocument&query=Sexual%20Violence> 

The Stephen Lewis Foundation Provides Major Contribution to Survivors of Sexual Violence in DRC
Stephen Lewis Foundation, 16 October 2007
In response to the pervasive and brutal acts of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), resulting in the heightened transmission of HIV and AIDS, the Stephen Lewis Foundation is providing US$ 350,000 to V-Day to support survivors of sexual violence in the eastern province of South Kivu.
http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/news_item.cfm?news=2030 <http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/news_item.cfm?news=2030> 

Rape and War: An African Tragedy 
The New York Times: Letters, 14 October 2007
know that something is wrong with the world when thousands of Congolese women are raped without causing an international outcry. How is it that we accept futility as the answer to a crisis of this magnitude?
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/opinion/l14congo.html?_r=1&n=Top/Opinion/Ed <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/opinion/l14congo.html?_r=1&n=Top/Opinion/Ed> 

Man who served jail term for drugs back in jail on rape rap
Inquirer.net, Philippines, 14 October 2007
Militiamen have arrested a man, who had just finished his jail term for violating the Anti-Dangerous Drugs Act, after he allegedly tried to rape a neighbor.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view_article.php?article_id=94343 <http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view_article.php?article_id=94343> 

Seduced, imported, sold..
Hindustan Times, 14 October 2007
It's a two-way street: of greed and need. When traffic flows, at the dead end are unsuspecting people, bartered every day in a consumerist society.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=506adf7a-1ffd-485b-b919-473bbd27545d&&Headline=Seduced%2c+imported%2c+sold <http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=506adf7a-1ffd-485b-b919-473bbd27545d&&Headline=Seduced%2c+imported%2c+sold> ...

Abortion Rates Drop; Sexual Violence Increases
Women's ENews, 13 October 2007
The most comprehensive study of international abortion rates to date linked the availability of reproductive health and family planning services to a drop in abortion between 1995 and 2003.
http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3350/context/archive <http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3350/context/archive> 

DRC: Rape cases up by 60 percent in North Kivu - UNHCR
IRIN News, 12 October 2007
A total of 351 cases of rape were reported in North Kivu province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), representing a 60 percent increase from August, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on 11 October.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=74767 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=74767> 

Honour crime fear of Syria women
BBC News, 12 October 2007
Seventeen-year-old Bushra is too scared to give her real name. She talks in a low, trembling voice, her face full of fear.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7042249.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7042249.stm> 

Afghan parents arrange marriages for children as young as 3
International Herald Tribune, 11 October 2007
When asked about her engagement party this summer, little Sunam glanced blankly at her family, then fiddled with her gold-sequined engagement outfit - a speechless response not out of shyness, but because she does not yet talk much. Sunam is 3.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/12/asia/AS-FEA-GEN-Afghanistan-Child-Bride.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/12/asia/AS-FEA-GEN-Afghanistan-Child-Bride.php> 





 

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