[Svrilist] {Disarmed} SV in the News: 08 02 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Feb 11 07:31:26 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:

Education dept ignores sexual abuse
Times of India, 8 February 2008
The education department, now in the dock for the Patan gang rape, ranks number one in cases of sexual harassment at workplace.

No sex before 16, says panel
DNA Now, 8 February 2008
The 2001 Census reveals that over 12.77 crore boys and girls under the age of 18 are already married in India. Maharashtra alone accounts for over 94 lakh marriages of under-18 couples with more than seven lakh marriages of below 10-year-olds.

10 years less for rapist
Trinidad and Tobago Express, 8 February 2008
A MAN who was convicted of raping, indecently assaulting and robbing a Gasparillo businesswoman in 2002, yesterday had his 30-year-sentence reduced by ten years.

KENYA: Healthcare threatened by political crisis 
IRIN News, 7 February 2008
In a worrying development, WHO said, hospitals in the region had reported dramatic increases in cases of sexual violence. The agency said counselling services in most IDP sites were not available, including for reproductive health, sexual violence or HIV/AIDS.

Man found guilty over teenage rape ordeal
ABC Online, 7 February 2008
A man has been found guilty of subjecting a 13-year-old girl to a 24-hour rape and suffocation ordeal.

Teenage girls targeted for sexual exploitation 
The Standard Online, 7 February 2008
Teenage girls fleeing their homes to escape post-election skirmishes and finding temporary shelter at the Nakuru Showground now face another threat.

Dowry demand: Girl ends life
Times of India, 7 February 2008
Pushed to the edge by increasing dowry demands of her fiancé's family, a 26-year-old committed suicide by hanging herself on Tuesday

Man found guilty of rape
News24, 7 February 2008
A 28-year-old man accused of raping and attempting to rape five elderly women was found guilty on all charges in the Grahamstown High Court on Thursday.

SLeone women step up pressure to eradicate female circumcision
AFP, 6 February 2008
Women's rights advocacy groups in Sierra Leone are piling up pressure on authorities for the speedy eradication of female circumcision prevalent in the country, one campaigner said on Wednesday.

Man acquitted of child rape
Independent Online, 6 February 2008
A 29-year-old man accused of raping a six-year-old girl in 2004 was acquitted in the Grahamstown High Court on Wednesday.

UN agency marks International Day with call for ending female genital mutilation
UN News Centre, 6 February 2008
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today called for greater efforts to end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and protect the rights of women and girls worldwide.

Anandalila Salter dies after rape, shooting
The Herald Sun, 5 February 2008
AUSTRALIAN teenager Anandalila Salter has died after being raped and shot three times by a man in India.

Sex trafficked victims 'missing' 
BBC News, 4 February 2008
The UK government does not know where the majority of sex trafficked women rescued as part of two national police operations are, BBC Wales has learned.

Wife killer gets off with tongue lashing 
Independent Online, 4 February 2008
A man who killed his wife has received a suspended sentence - and a stern lecture from a judge about the need to help his young son cope with his trauma.

Only 35 per cent of attackers identified
Stuff.nz, 4 February 2008
Only 35 per cent of recorded sexual crimes in New Zealand result in the attacker being identified, according to government statistics.

Court finds baker guilty of rape
Inquirer.net, Philippines, 3 February 2008
A baker was convicted and sentenced to 20 to 40 years in jail for sexually molesting a house helper in 2003 inside a motel in Cebu City.

My family, my killers
Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 2008
The grainy video, taken on a mobile phone and played in a British court last year, shows a young woman lying on a bed, telling how her father had tried to kill her that day.

Prime Minister Gonsalves denies rape allegations
The Jamaica Observer, 2 February 2008
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves yesterday categorically denied raping a female police officer, saying it is an attempt by his political adversaries "to damage me politically and to discredit me in the eyes of the people".

Rape case doctor drugged victims
BBC News, 1 February 2008
A GP who created a false profile on an Asian marriage website has been jailed for 11 years for rape offences against two prospective brides he met.

Civilian rapists roam Congo as militias disband 
The East African, February 2008
Rape and other forms of sexual violence remain prevalent in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, despite the cessation of military activities and the disarmament of militias in the region, aid workers.  

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

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