[Svrilist] SV in the News: 15 02 08

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Fri Feb 15 09:27:56 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 svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto: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:

Cloud hangs over head of rape judge: opp
The Age, 15 February 2008 
The Queensland opposition says a "cloud" hangs over a judge at the centre of two controversial indigenous child sex cases.
http://news.theage.com.au/cloud-hangs-over-head-of-rape-judge-opp/20080215-1shz.html <http://news.theage.com.au/cloud-hangs-over-head-of-rape-judge-opp/20080215-1shz.html> 

U.S. Marines charged with rape of Japanese woman
Reuters, 15 February 2008
Four U.S. Marines based in southwest Japan have been charged with raping a Japanese woman last October, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, days after the arrest of another Marine for suspected rape of a schoolgirl on the southern island of Okinawa.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKT34082920080215 <http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKT34082920080215> 

Rape case outrage
The Sowetan, 15 February 2008
Scores of residents in Modimolle (formerly Nylstroom) in Limpopo yesterday converged on the local magistrate's court to get a glimpse of a man they suspect is responsible for the rapes and murders of children in the area.
http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=706621 <http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=706621> 

When Strains on Military Families Turn Deadly 
The New York Times, 15 February 2008
An examination of cases of fatal domestic violence and child abuse indicate wartime pressures have complicated the Pentagon's efforts to change the current system.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/us/15vets.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/us/15vets.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin> 

Mauritania's observes Day of Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation
UNICEF, 14 February 2008
An estimated 65 per cent of Mauritanian girls have suffered through female genital mutilation, or cutting (FGM/C), and its dramatic consequences. 
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/mauritania_42859.html <http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/mauritania_42859.html> 

Rape case: guilty verdict surprises judge
Stuff.co.nz, 14 February 2008
A judge today jailed a 48-year-old unemployed man for five years for the rape of a drunk woman, even though he had "considerable unease" about the jury's verdict.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4401444a10.html <http://www.stuff.co.nz/4401444a10.html> 

U.N. Tells Saudis to Tackle Violence Against Women 
The New York Times, 14 February 2008
"The lack of written laws governing private life constitutes a major obstacle to women's access to justice," said Yakin Erturk, the U.N.'s human rights expert on violence against women.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-saudi-un-women.html?scp=6&sq=Rape&st=nyt <http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-saudi-un-women.html?scp=6&sq=Rape&st=nyt> 

Africa war zones' 'rape epidemic' 
BBC News, 13 February 2008
Sexual violence is spreading in African conflict zones like an epidemic, the United Nations has warned.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7242421.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7242421.stm> 

Businessman to pay damages for rape 
Independent Online, 13 February 2008
Howick businessman Taichund Maharaj was on Wednesday ordered to pay damages for raping an employee.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20080213201558733C666725 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20080213201558733C666725> 

Man accused of raping woman in Rhodes residence
The Mail and Guardian, 13 February 2008
A 29-year-old man is accused of breaking into a Rhodes University residence and raping a woman -- while he was out on bail on a previous rape charge.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/&articleid=332158&referrer=RSS <http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/&articleid=332158&referrer=RSS> 

Women risk assault with clothing choice: MP
ABC Online, 13 February 2008
A South Australian MP has told parliament that women who wear clothing with provocative slogans risk sexual assault.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/13/2161548.htm?section=australia <http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/13/2161548.htm?section=australia> 

US envoy sorry over Japan rape case
AFP, 13 February 2008
The US ambassador to Japan offered a personal apology Wednesday over a US Marine's alleged rape of a young girl in Okinawa, amid warnings that the incident could damage the countries' alliance.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hC3LyJdujUUueDqSS14H4l-sitbQ <http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hC3LyJdujUUueDqSS14H4l-sitbQ> 

SUDAN: Too scared to tell - sexual violence in Darfur
IRIN PlusNews, 12 February 2008
People working in the vast humanitarian operation in Sudan's western region of Darfur are more than willing to talk about rebel attacks and the need for civilian protection, but when asked specifically about sexual violence against girls and women - reported to be rife - they fall silent.
http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=76705 <http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=76705> 

Can a Kenyan Peace Agreement Stem Rape?
AlertNet: Reproductive Justice and Gender, 12 February 2008
While Kofi Annan gets closer to a peace agreement, the women of Kenya are still paying for the devastating rise in sexual violence in the post-electoral conflict.

Health department rejects sex worker training claims
The Mail and Guardian, 12 February 2008
The North West department of health on Tuesday rejected suggestions that young people were trained to become sex workers using government money.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/&articleid=332147&referrer=RSS <http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/&articleid=332147&referrer=RSS> 

U.N. Sees Progress in Ending Female Genital Mutilation
Inter Press Service, 12 February 2008
After nearly 30 years of intense campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM), the United Nations says that several countries, including Canada, Belgium, Spain and Italy, have passed legislation criminalising the practice, prevalent mostly among immigrant communities.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41161 <http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41161> 

Woman sues psych clinic over hood rape
The Age, 10 February 2008
THE exclusive Victoria Clinic is being sued by a woman who suffered a terrifying rape on the last night of what had been a successful three-week treatment for severe depression.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/woman-sues-psych-clinic/2008/02/09/1202234230433.html <http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/woman-sues-psych-clinic/2008/02/09/1202234230433.html> 

Child 'wives' - Sexual slavery illegal and harmful
Jamaica Gleaner, 10 February 2008
Mary Clarke, children's advocate and former director of the Social Development and Gender Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is concerned about the failure of Jamaicans to report child abuse - and especially sexual abuse - to the Sexual Abuse Registry, established for the purpose.
http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20080210/lead/lead5.html <http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20080210/lead/lead5.html> 

Pregnant Women, their Children, Fleeing Violence in Chad Face Increased Risk, UNFPA Says
UNFPA News, 6 February 2008
As tens of thousands of people flee the ongoing violence in Chad, concerns are being raised by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, for the health and safety of expectant mothers and their children.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/news.cfm?ID=1097 <http://www.unfpa.org/news/news.cfm?ID=1097> 

Somalia: UN calls on authorities to end female genital mutilation
SomaliNet, 6 February 2008
As the world marks the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we call upon all Somalis to challenge the deeply rooted socio-cultural practice that discriminate and create the environment for the continuation of human rights violations against women, office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia said on Wednesday in a press release.
http://www.somalinet.com/news/world/Somalia/14566 <http://www.somalinet.com/news/world/Somalia/14566> 

Trafficked children tell their stories 
BBC News, 5 February 2008
Solomon and Rebecca (not her real name) are two of the longest-staying residents at a shelter for trafficked children in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7226411.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7226411.stm> 

Honour crime 'is underestimated'
BBC News, 4 February 2008
The true extent of so-called "honour" crime is being underestimated by the government, the Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank claims.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7225961.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7225961.stm> 

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