[Svrilist] SV in the News: 29 08 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 29 11:14:21 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:

Cops 'labelled' cell gang-rape victim a tomboy
Sowetan, 29 August 2008
The young woman who was allegedly raped by four male detainees in police
cells had been accused of being a tomboy. Police allegedly placed her in
the same holding cells with the four men as punishment for "acting like
a boy".

VIETNAM: Dramatic rise in child abuse cases 
IRIN News, 29 August 2008
Part of the problem, say experts, is that when Vietnamese think of child
abuse they usually think of sexual abuse. And they think that only girls
can be victims.

Age of consent goes to Constitutional Court
Independent Online, 28 August 2008
The fairness of differing ages of consent for sexual relations and
apparent clashes on this between various laws will be argued in the
Constitutional Court on Thursday.

Sex abuse more prevalent than thought
The China Post, 28 August 2008
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The problem of child sexual abuse may be more
prevalent than the public realizes,with the actual number of victims
estimated at approximately 20,000 per year, although only around 3,000
cases are reported, the non-profit Garden of Hope Foundation said

Trapped and neglected - trafficked children in South Asia need the law
on their side
UNICEF, 27 August 2008
All too often child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking are
blamed and punished across South Asia, where weak national legislation
can lead to further victimization of children, according to a UNICEF
report launched today.

SADC edges towards recognizing marital rape as a crime 
Sunday Standard, 27 August 2008
Married men may in future face jail terms for raping their wives as SADC
heads of state edge closer to approving the Marital Rape Act.

Top Mexico court shows support for abortion law
Associated Press, 27 August 2008
Mexico's Supreme Court was poised Wednesday to uphold legal abortion in
the capital despite deep opposition elsewhere in the heavily Catholic

Rape Surrounded by Impunity and Silence
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 27 August 2008
The few victims brave enough to go public face an uphill battle to
secure justice, despite a one-off intervention by the president.

Saudi child 'files for divorce'
BBC News, 24 August 2008
A court in Saudi Arabia is reported to be preparing to hear a plea for
divorce from an eight-year-old girl who has been married off to a man in
his 50s.

Man extradited from Tas over 1989 rapes
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 August 2008
A 49-year-old man has been extradited from Tasmania to face charges in
South Australia of rape, threaten life and robbery dating back nearly 20

CHRAJ demands that Ghana halts FGM practice
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, 23 August 2008
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, has urged
Ghana, as a signatory to the UN Convention on discrimination against
women, to stop the  practice of  Female genital Mutilation.  

Widespread rape does not appear to directly increase overall HIV
prevalence in conflict-affected countries
HealthDev.net, 18 August 2008
A new mathematical model indicates that widespread rape does not
directly increase HIV prevalence at the population level, according to a
study presented at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico this

70% rape victims fear being stalked: Study
Times of India, 11 August 2008
At least 12% victims of sexual assault did not share their trauma with
anybody for 10 years or more. About 70% feared that the offender would
return to hurt them again.

Afghan children raped with 'impunity,' U.N. official says
CNN, 8 August 2008
The young Afghan girl sits in the center of the room, weeping. Using her
hand and her blue scarf to hide her face, she recounts how she was
brutally raped by five gunmen.

Most police don't want rape by partner to be reported
News.com.au, 15 July 2008
ONLY one in five police officers believe a woman should report being
raped by her husband, according to a study showing the crime is often

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

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