[Svrilist] SV in the News: 11 04 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Apr 11 08:47:07 SAST 2008

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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:

Burned rape victim says 'It's my fault'
News.com.au, 11 April 2008
A WOMAN whose house was set alight while she lay unconscious after being raped has blamed herself for the attack.

Suspect in slaying of pregnant Marine arrested in Mexico; 'Do I have a choice?' he tells AP
International Herald Tribune, 11 April 2008
A Marine wanted in the brutal slaying of a pregnant colleague who had accused him of rape was arrested Thursday night in Mexico after a three-month international manhunt, authorities said.

Serial rapist now witness in rape trial
Independent Online, 10 April 2208
Mongezi Jingxela, the man labelled the country's worst serial killer, has had to endure questions from a rape suspect in court.

Cross-examination of rape victims nothing but mental torture
The New Nation, Bangladesh, 10 April 2008
Jerin Rahman, a pretty but meek schoolgirl, is full of dreams. Why not? After all she is a good student. Her mother wants to achieve through her what she could not do in her student life. But one day, some local goons shattered all of their dreams.

Ex-president withdraws sex assault guilty plea
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 April 2008
ISRAELI prosecutors say the former president Moshe Katsav could again be charged with rape after his dramatic withdrawal from a plea bargain which would have let him off jail in return for admitting sexual offences against two former employees.

Rape scandal hits foreign contractors in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 April 2008
A woman who says she was raped while working for a foreign contractor in Iraq detailed the experience in a congressional hearing as another woman who made similar allegations before Congress last year listened and fought back tears.

South Australia rape law changes 'historic'
ABC News, 9 April 2008
The South Australian Parliament has passed rape and sexual assault legislation that the Premier is hailing as the most significant in more than 50 years.

Rape in election chaos sparks off abortion debate
Nationmedia, 9 April 2008
As the country waits with bated breath for a new coalition government after two months of post-election violence, focus is shifting towards an estimated 1,200 victims of sexual assault, who include women and men as well as girls and boys.

Sister-in-law lured and raped
The Star Online, 9 April 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: An odd-job worker lured his sister-in-law with the promise of finding a job for her, but instead raped her when she went to see him.

SWAZILAND: Every third woman sexually abused as a child, says report 
IRIN News, 9 April 2008
One in three Swazi women has suffered some form of sexual abuse as a child; one in four experienced physical violence, a new United Nations survey revealed this week.

Affidavit: Teen bride's cry for help led to raid
CNN, 9 April 2008
Tipped that girls as young as 13 were being forced to enter "spiritual marriages," have sex and bear children, Texas officials raided an isolated polygamist retreat in West Texas, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Supreme Court hears appeal on rape of disabled hostel child
The Namibian, 8 April 2008
A landmark judgement, in which the High Court last year ordered the Minister of Education to pay more than N$100 000 to a mentally handicapped child and her guardian because of an incident in which the child was allegedly raped by a teacher during a weekend when she was supposed to be in the safety of a State school hostel, went on appeal in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Breaking the silence in the Congo
Los Angeles Times, 8 April 2008
Documentarian Lisa Jackson takes a perplexing look at the violent fates of women and girls in war-torn provinces.

Marriage vs. Trafficking
The Korea Times, 8 April 2007
South Korea has increasingly come under attack for the abuse and exploitation of foreign wives, especially those from Southeast Asian countries.

Man gets nine years for rape of sisters
The Local, 8 April 2008
A 45-year-old man from Västmanland in central Sweden has been jailed for nine years for the repeated assault and rape of two underage sisters.

Five years on, Darfur rape widespread - Rights Watch
Reuters, 8 April 2008
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Widespread rape, mostly committed by pro-government forces, is going unpunished in Sudan's Darfur region and peacekeepers are unable to protect victims as young as 11, a rights group said on Monday.

Spanish police dismantle Russian sex trade ring
International Herald Tribune, 8 April 2008
Spanish police said on Tuesday they had dismantled a Russian prostitution ring that involved the trafficking of women, and detained 76 people.

Minor girl raped in moving car in Delhi
Times of India, 3 April 2008
In a shocking incident, a minor girl was allegedly raped in a moving car in the Capital by a person known to her, who was later arrested.

Nigeria's immorality is about hypocrisy, not miniskirts
The Guardian, 2 April 2008
A bill that seeks to stop women dressing indecently shows how warped our notions of culture have become

Kigali Conference Calls for More Women at All Levels of Peacekeeping Operations
UNIFEM, 1 April 2008
Participants of a high-level conference organized by UNIFEM and the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) have issued a declaration calling for programmed increases of the proportion of women in recruitment and training for peacekeeping operations, proactive gender training programmes for peacekeepers and their organizations, integration of mission-specific gender training in pre-deployment programmes, reaffirmation and strengthening of the Zero Tolerance Policy for Acts of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and information sharing among peacekeeping contingents and troops to promote best practices in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

North Africa: Morocco seeks to criminalise violence against women
Magharebia, 1 April 2008
A newly-launched initiative by the Moroccan government to crack down on violence against women ranges from setting up more battered women's shelters to revising the Penal Code in order to criminalise gender-based violence.

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