[Svrilist] SV in the News: 22 08 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 22 09:39:37 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:

Increase in sexual violence among displaced people: AI 
Daily Mirror, 21 August 2008
Apart from a severe shortage of food and shelter, the lack of adequate
privacy for women and girls has led to an increase in reports of sexual
and gender-based violence among hundreds of thousands of displaced
people in Wanni, the Amnesty international (AI) said yesterday.

15 arrested in Naivasha over rape claims
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, 21 August 2008
Police in Naivasha have arrested 15 street boys suspected to belong to a
gang that has been raping, torturing and killing women within Naivasha

'Protect women forced to sell sex'
Independent Online, 21 August 2008
Moves to legalise the sex industry that suggest women voluntarily choose
prostitution as a viable profession should be vociferously opposed, a
multinational conference focusing on the impact of the 2010 World Cup on
trafficking of women and children was told.

DRC Police officers trained on crimes of sexual violence
MONUC, 21 August 2008
In August 2008, 37 DRC Judicial Police Inspectors (IPJ) and Judicial
Police Officers (OPJ) of the territories of Beni, Butembo and Lubero in
North Kivu province were trained by MONUC's Human Rights section on the
role of the IPJ and OPJ in the investigation of crimes of sexual
violence, in order to better ensure the protection of victims and

School violence rife in KZN
Independent Online, 21 August 2008
Kwazulu-Natal has the highest percentage of pupils (49,4 percent)
reporting theft at secondary schools and the third-highest percentage of
pupils reporting sexual assault, with 3,8 percent being abused at

Law may make rape suspects prove consent 
Stuff.co.nz, 20 August 2008
Accused rapists who plan to argue that sex with their victims was
consensual may have to prove in court what measures they took to gain

Ethiopia's effort to eliminate HTPs said fruitful 
Walta Information Centre, 20 August 2008
Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development (FORWARD-UK),
based in the United Kingdom, indicated that Ethiopia's effort focused at
eliminating Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) is successful.

Mexico church assailed for maligning miniskirt
International Herald Tribune, 19 August 2008
A Catholic priest's condemnation of miniskirts on an official church Web
site is causing outrage among some Mexican women, who say the Roman
Catholic Church is making it easier to justify sexual violence against

Rape By Rebels, Bandits and Soldiers Has Sordid History in CAR
VOA News, 19 August 2008
Former Congolese warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba is at the International
Criminal Court in the Hague awaiting trial on charges related to
violence committed by his troops in the Central African Republic.

South Africa: One-Stop Post-Rape Care
UNFPA, 19 August 2008
Recent apparent declines in rapes (reported cases fell by 2.6 per cent
in the first half of 2007) might actually reflect fewer cases being
reported due to either diminished confidence in the police or unfriendly
handling of victims by police officers.

Abortion does not increase risk of mental health problems, says study 
Telegraph, 18 August 2008
Women who have an abortion are not at greater risk of mental health
problems, scientists have concluded.

AIDS Group Cites Rapes in Zimbabwe as Terror Tool 
New York Times, 7 August 2008
A 13-year-old girl was abducted, then raped repeatedly over a two-week
period during a campaign of political terror in Zimbabwe surrounding
recent elections there.

Fistula in Sahel region highlighted
AWID Women's Rights, 29 July 2008
Doctors in Burkina Faso say fistula is being under-reported, and are
launching a new project to offer free surgery to some of the affected

Disabled youngsters forced into marriage to provide passports 
The Independent UK, 27 July 2008
Scores of young people with learning disabilities are being forced into
marriages, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Sexual Violence: An Issue of Health
AIDS-Free World, 21 July 2008
Stephen Lewis addresses the Tides Foundation "Momentum" conference with
the message: Sexual violence is a global health crisis.

UGANDA: Poverty driving child sex abuse in the north
IRIN PlusNews, 21 July 2008
Acute poverty is forcing girls as young as 14 into early marriage and
sex work in parts of northern Uganda affected by the war, says a new
report by local NGOs.

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

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