[Svrilist] SV in the News: 18 04 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Apr 18 08:58:08 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
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Sexual Violence in the News:

Pope, in U.S., meets with victims of sexual abuse 
International Herald Tribune, 18 April 2008
Pope Benedict XVI came face to face Thursday with a scandal that has
left lasting wounds on the American church, holding an unannounced
meeting with several victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Boston

Crimes against women on rise in Pakistan 
Sify News, 18 April 2008
Karachi: Over 4,000 cases of crimes against women were reported in
Pakistan last year - more than double the figure in 2006. But rights
organisations say this is just the tip of the iceberg and many more
violations go unreported or are hushed up. 

Oklahoma sheriff charged with using inmates as sex slaves 
International Herald Tribune, 18 April 2008
Authorities have charged a western Oklahoma sheriff with coercing and
bribing female inmates so he could use them in a sex-slave operation run
out of his jail.

'I was forced to commit gang rape'
The Times, 17 April 2008
One of four young men accused of gang raping a 17-year-old girl told the
Grahamstown Magistrate's Court today he had sex with the girl after one
of his co-accused "put a gun in my face."

No action over 'rape' of woman with learning difficulties
The Guardian, 17 April 2008
Several men accused of raping and assaulting a woman with serious
learning difficulties will not be prosecuted because she is considered
an "unreliable witness", a welfare agency disclosed yesterday.

New Film Series Takes on Culture of Silence on Violence Against Women
UNFPA, 17 April 2008
Violence against women is the theme of 'Women on the Frontline', a
series of seven films being broadcast for the first time tomorrow night
by BBC World at 1930 GMT to about 300 million households to help peel
away the silence surrounding the brutality of gender-based violence that
crosses all borders.

Disabled man arrested for raping 10-year-old
Mail and Guardian, 16 April 2008
A disabled 65-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape
of a 10-year-old girl near Hazyview, Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday.

Father gets 5-yr RI for attempting rape
Times of India, 16 April 2008
In a four-year-old case, a city court has sentenced a man to five years
rigorous imprisonment for attempting to rape his 11-year-old daughter.
The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict.

Govt seeks tough rules for rape trials
The Age, 16 April 2008
NSW Premier Morris Iemma and victims groups are leading the call for
barristers to adopt new rules to prevent aggressive questioning of
victims in sexual assault trials.

Yemeni child bride gets divorce 
BBC News, 16 April 2008
A Yemeni court has annulled an eight-year-old girl's marriage to a man
in his 20s, after she filed for divorce.

Man admits to necrophilia, not rape
The Star, 16 April 2008
A grey-haired 57-year-old farm worker has admitted that he slit his
78-year-old employer's throat because he wanted to steal her cellphone,
but insisted he had sex with Johanna Erasmus' corpse and did not rape
her while she was still alive.

Child brides 'sold' in Afghanistan
BBC News, 15 April 2008
In northern Afghanistan it appears some parents are being driven by
poverty and hunger to marry off their daughters at an early age. Jenny
Cuffe investigates for Radio 4's Seven Days.

Rape as an Instrument of Total War
Alternet, 14 April 2008
Sexual assault has long been used as a tool of war. But as war tactics
have changed, so have sex crimes in war-torn areas.

RWANDA: Reconciliation still a major challenge 
IRIN News, 14 April 2008
Brigitte Mukandoli was a schoolgirl when a group of militias manning a
roadblock near her village of Bishenyi, close to the Rwandan capital,
Kigali, seized her.

Court to consider death penalty for child rape
Reuters, 13 April 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears arguments about whether the death
penalty can be imposed for child rape, taking up for the first time in
more than 30 years whether a crime other than murder can be punished by

Police arrest Nazareth man, 17, suspected of attempted rape
Haaretz.com, 12 April 2008
Israel Police on Saturday arrested a 17-year-old man from Nazareth for
attempted rape of a 22-year-old woman.

'Dowry death' after love marriage
Times of India, 12 April 2008
Soma's death, shocking as it is, is not an isolated case. One in every
two women in Kolkata is tortured by their husbands, says the National
Crime Records Bureau.

Forced marriage helpline launched
BBC News, 11 April 2008
A national helpline for victims of forced marriages and so-called honour
violence has been launched. 

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

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