[Svrilist] SV in the News: 25 11 07

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Sexual Violence in the News:

Between rape and women's sexual rights in Nigeria 
Business Day, 25 October 2007
The issue of rape in Nigeria has attracted the attention of not only
human right activists, feminists from Non-governmental organization here
in Nigeria , but also from international Non-governmental organizations.
http://businessdayonline.com/Analysis/Comments/738.html

Suspect in Rape and Torture Is Found Fit to Stand Trial 
The New York Times, 25 October 2007
An ex-convict accused of raping and torturing a Columbia University
graduate student in April has been found mentally fit to stand trial.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/nyregion/25rape.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion
&oref=slogin

Rape accused cop ties knot with victim
Times of India, 25 October 2007
As guests trickled in, Arvind Tembhurne stood at Buddha Vihar's gate
with folded hands, greeting them.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Nagpur/Rape_accused_cop_ties_knot_wit
h_victim/articleshow/2488179.cms

Majority of rape cases solved
Malaysia Star, 25 October 2007
POLICE solved 1,206 cases or 86% of rape cases reported in the first
seven months of this year, said Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk
Fu Ah Kiow. 
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/10/25/parliament/1926976
7&sec=parliament

Child sex abuse stats concerning 
TVNZ, 25 October 2007
The government is urging New Zealanders to react to new child sexual
abuse figures the same way they respond to children being killed.
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/425826/1415480

Man arrested over sex trafficking 
BBC News, 24 October 2007
A Rotherham man is due in court to face extradition proceedings
following his arrest in connection with an international sex trafficking
ring.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/7060680.stm

UN Chief Decries Violence Against Women
The New York Times, 24 October 2007
The U.N. secretary-general warned that violence against women has
reached ''hideous'' levels in some countries trying to recover from
conflict, and the U.N. Security Council demanded an end to impunity for
rape and other sexual abuse.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-UN-Women.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

'Many' Cambodian children sexually exploited 
The Mail and Guardian, 24 October 2007
Cambodian children still suffer sexual exploitation despite a recent
government crackdown on foreign paedophiles, child-rights activists
warned on Tuesday.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=287533&area=/breaking_new
s/breaking_news__international_news/

Women remain unsafe at home
Hindustan Times, 24 October 2007
Little awareness and slow action on the part of the state governments
have been cited as major reasons for the poor results of the Prevention
of Domestic Violence Act, 2006, a year after it was enforced.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=2c188c1b-013d-
4cf4-9341-788540fba96b&&Headline=Women+remain+unsafe+at+home

Five years jail for man guilty of train digital rape
The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2007
A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in jail for digitally
raping a young woman on a Melbourne train.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/five-years-jail-for-man-guilty-of-tr
ain-digital-rape/2007/10/24/1192941117001.html

UN wants more women in peacekeeping 
BuaNews, 24 October 2007
The United Nations Security Council has urged countries to enhance
female participation in decision-making and to take specific steps to
protect women and girls from gender-based violence during conflicts.
http://www.buanews.gov.za/view.php?ID=07102412451002&coll=buanew07

Man burns wife in full public view for dowry 
Times of India, 24 October 2007
Two months ago, Babita was poisoned by her husband, a quack, for not
bringing enough dowry.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Man_burns_wife_in_full_public_v
iew_for_dowry/articleshow/2484560.cms

Rape leaves lifelong scars in DRC conflict zones
The Mail and Guardian, 23 October 2007
Recent conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC)
Nord-Kivu province has been accompanied by an upsurge in brutal rape and
often barbaric mutilations of women and girls, medical relief workers
report.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=322814&area=/breaking_new
s/breaking_news__africa/

W.Va. Woman Speaks About Torture Ordeal
New York Times, 23 October 2007
Megan Williams thought she was going to a party. That's why she tagged
along with a woman she hardly knew, up a remote southern West Virginia
hollow to a run-down trailer surrounded by beer cans and broken-down
furniture.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Woman-Tortured.html

Three charged over child sex abuse 
Herald Sun, 23 October 2007
THREE men have been charged with child sexual abuse as part of the
latest police investigation into a remote West Australian Aboriginal
community.
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22636387-5005961,00.html

Honour killings 'were justified' 
BBC News, 22 October 2007
A man who murdered his wife and three children in a so-called honour
killing feels "totally justified in what he did", police involved in the
case say.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/7055409.stm

Senior UN officials call on Member States to address rape as a weapon of
war 
UN News Centre, 22 October 2007
On the eve of a Security Council debate on the role of women in peace
and security, two senior United Nations officials have stressed the need
to combat gender-based violence and to ensure that violations of women's
rights, including the use of rape as a weapon of war, are viewed as a
security issue.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24373&Cr=women&Cr1=

Psychologists: Women's accounts of rape by Katsav were credible
Haaretz, 22 October 2007
Psychology experts say the attorney general erred in his interpretation
of the testimonies of women who said former president Moshe Katsav raped
them, according to a document presented to the High Court of Justice on
Sunday.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/915361.html

Rape accused changes plea at last minute
The Mail and Guardian, 19 October 2007
A man accused of raping three elderly women was expected to plead guilty
in the Grahamstown High Court on Friday, but changed his mind at the
last minute.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=322497&area=/breaking_new
s/breaking_news__national/

San Women Targets for Rape?
New Era, 15 October 2007
A senior traditional leader in the Omaheke Region has complained about
the lack of concern the police show for the rape of San women.
http://www.newera.com.na/archives.php?id=17909&date=2007-10-15




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