[Svrilist] SV in the News: 04 04 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Apr 4 09:20:08 SAST 2008

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:

Alcohol main date rape drug, says study
Radio New Zealand News, 4 April 2008
ESR looked at 500 drug-related sexual assaults and found that in three
quarters of the cases the victims were drunk.

KZN gang-rape case postponed
Mail and Guardian, 3 April 2008
The case against five men -- aged between 18 and 20 -- accused of
gang-raping a 21-year-old Durban woman was postponed in the Pinetown
Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Thursday.

MP backs off on sex 'contracts'
ABC Online, 3 April 2008
South Australian Independent MP Ann Bressington says comments she made
about men needing signed consent from women to protect themselves from
false rape allegations were tongue in cheek.

Court puts sentencing of wife killer on hold
Independent Online, 3 April 2008
The sentencing of a man who was convicted of slitting his wife's throat
was on Wednesday postponed in the Pretoria high court because the
pre-sentencing report had not been prepared.

Rape Has Two-fold Consequences
The Analyst, Monrovia, 2 April 2008
"Since 2006 the statistics for rape have not declined in Liberia. Most
victims are between 10 to 14 years of age, and now even those between
one to five years of age are falling prey to rape," Ms. Mensa-Bonsu
pointed out.

MOZAMBIQUE: Scratching the surface of child trafficking 
IRIN News, 2 April 2008
Exploitation and abuse of human trafficking victims, mainly taken from
Mozambique to South Africa, has seen a surge in media headlines but
experts warn this is just "the tip of the iceberg."

Did Congress Forget About Women and Girls?
RH Reality Check, 2 April 2008
Considering the current status of legislation to reauthorize the
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), it seems as though
Washington lawmakers didn't get it. While lawmakers should be applauded
for increasing funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care
globally, they missed a crucial opportunity to address the unique
vulnerabilities of women and girls.

Mass DNA screening to solve rape 
BBC News, 2 April 2008
Detectives investigating a rape which happened 18 years ago in
Cheltenham are carrying out the first ever mass DNA screening programme
in Gloucestershire.

Two cops remanded for alleged rape
The Star Online, 2 April 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Two policemen who were arrested after a foreigner lodged a
report alleging that they had molested and raped her have been remanded
until April 7.

CAR: Struggling to undo the damage of sexual violence 
IRIN News, 1 April 2008
The Monam group of rape survivors in the northern town of Bossangoa in
the Central African Republic (CAR) does what it can to keep going, but
morale is low and money tight.

US forensic firm to aid Kenyan rape victims
AFP, 31 March 2008
A US risk mitigation group said Monday it will help Kenya to crack down
on sexual offenders during recent violence and reduce violence against
women in the east African nation.

Rapists in the Ranks
Los Angeles Times, 31 March 2008
The stories are shocking in their simplicity and brutality: A female
military recruit is pinned down at knifepoint and raped repeatedly in
her own barracks.

Courts 'fail child sex-abuse victims' 
Dominion Post, 31 March 2008
Child sex-abuse victims are being failed by the courts as lawyers bully
young witnesses and jurors misunderstand abuse, ground-breaking research

Malindi hub for girl sex trade, seminar told 
Daily Nation, 31 March 2008
Underage girls are being trafficked in Malindi for sex, a seminar heard
Sunday. Most of the girls are from upcountry villages in Kenya. Somali
women and girls are also targeted.

Poverty causing early marriages in Yemen
Middle East Online, 29 March 2008
Extreme poverty forces families to marry off daughters to alleviate
financial burdens, expenses on education.

Genital mutilators lay down tools in Monduli
The Arusha Times, 29 March 2008
As rain pounded  the dark brown soil, former female circumcisers of
Monduli District waded into the mud soaked Nanja section of Lepurko
village, to surrender their work tools to the Arusha Regional

Mexican senators propose raising minimum marriage age to prevent child
International Herald Tribune, 28 March 2008
Nearly 400,000 Mexican children between 12 and 17 are married or living
with romantic partners, said Sen. Guillermo Tamborrel, a member of the
ruling National Action Party who wrote the bill.

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

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