[Svrilist] SV in the News 01 02 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Feb 1 09:08:39 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:

Appeal fails in plot to kill rape victim
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February 2008
A man who tried to get a hitman to kill his teenage son's rape victim
has lost an appeal against his 14-year sentence.

Watchman, 78, sentenced to death for rape 
Daily Nation Online, Kenya, 1 February 2008
A 78-year-old security guard was Thursday sentenced to death for robbery
and rape at gunpoint.

Frere gags staff over 'rape' of teen
Daily Dispatch Online, 1 February 2008 
A TEENAGE mental patient was allegedly raped by a fellow patient at
Frere Hospital's male surgical ward last week, but the hospital's
management says it knows nothing about it. 

Kenyan children hardest hit by violence
SABC News, 1 February 2008
The United Nations Children's agency has expressed concern about the
escalating violence in Kenya and its impact on children.

Police Say Ohio Nurse Abused 14 Patients
New York Times, 31 January 2008
Investigators have verified 14 cases of abuse by a nightshift nurse who
told police he abused nearly 100 patients at health care centers since
the 1980s, authorities said Thursday.

Cops ID man for rape of girl, 14
Trinidad and Tobago Express, 31 January 2008
An elderly man driving a nondescript mini-van is believed to be the
predator who abducted and raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl who accepted a
ride from him.

Somali refugee wins US State Department award for courage 
Reuters AlertNet, 31 January 2008
A young Somali refugee has been honoured with a prestigious United
States government award for her courageous work in fighting for the
rights of women and girls in a Kenyan refugee camp.

ANC Leader Cancels Tyson Appearance
The Associated Press, 31 January 2008
ANC leader Jacob Zuma withdrew from a charity fundraising banquet
honoring former boxer Mike Tyson on Wednesday after receiving criticism
from women's groups in South Africa.

Dance teacher is guilty of rape
BBC News, 30 January 2008
A dance teacher has been found guilty of raping a woman he gave lessons

Rape-accused cop to remain in custody 
Independent Online, 30 January 2008
Police constable Solomon Yende appeared for the second time in the
Amersfoort magistrate's court on Wednesday, charged with the rape of two
children, Mpumalanga police said.

Nigerian woman loses battle against deportation
Irish Independent, 30 January 2008
A Nigerian woman who said she feared her daughters would be subjected to
the torture of female genital mutilation in her native country, has lost
her bid to stop their deportation.


Rural Alaska Steeped in Sexual Violence
The Associated Press, 30 January 2008
The state has long suffered the highest sexual assault rate in the
nation, and the problem is worst in rural areas, according to a report
released Tuesday.

Rape in the U.S. military
Los Angeles Times, 30 January 2008
How a fraternal culture and a habit of blaming the victim leave sexual
violence unexamined and unpunished.

Task team to tackle Maritzburg rapes, killings
The Mail and Guardian, 30 January 2008
A task team will be established to investigate a series of recent rapes
and killings similar to the work of a serial killer who had operated in
and around Pietermaritzburg in the 1990s, police said on Wednesday.

In Greece, female sex victims become recruiters
International Herald Tribune, 29 January 2008
Sex traffickers in Greece have found a way to increase their illegal
trade while avoiding detection: They are using their female victims as
predators to find new recruits in the Balkans, Russia and former Soviet

KENYA: Camps offer little refuge from rapes
IRIN News, 28 January 2008
At least 250,000 Kenyans have sought refuge in camps for internally
displaced persons (IDPs) since violence broke out after a controversial
national poll in December 2007, but many women find the risk of sexual
attack in the camps just as great as outside.

Taking baby steps around the holy fire
Hindustan Times, 26 January 2008
Almost 80 years after the first law against child marriage came into
force, child marriage continues unabated in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and
Madhya Pradesh.

Student killed herself after rape
BBC News, 25 January 2008
A 20-year-old woman who killed herself nine months after she was raped
blamed herself for the attack, an inquest has heard.

Judge warns on Britain's forced marriage toll 
Weekly Telegraph, 24 January 2008
Official statistics on forced marriage reflect only the "tip of the
iceberg" of a much larger problem in Britain, a district judge has

"Silence" gives voice to Congo's rape victims
Reuters, 23 January 2008
PARK CITY, Utah (Hollywood Reporter) - If one of the roles of
documentary film is to shock, educate and move people to action, then
Lisa F. Jackson's "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" is more than
doing its job.

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

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