[Svrilist] SV in the News: 21 02 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Feb 22 09:44:02 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:

Mayoral candidate apologizes over gang rape joke
ABC News, 22 February 2008
An independent candidate running for the Brisbane Lord Mayor's job has
defended an email sent to journalists which joked about gang rape.

Violence Against Women in War Zones 
New York Times, Letters, 22 February 2008
Contractors working for the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan are
getting what amounts to a get-out-of-jail-free card for crimes,
including murders and rapes. 

Husband, in-laws held for harassment
Times of India, 22 February 2008
Traumatised by the harassment for dowry by her in-laws and husband, a
23-year-old woman hanged herself in her house.

Court jails 'arrogant' rapist for 18 years
Mail and Guardian, 21 February 2008
A 23-year-old man convicted of raping an elderly woman was sent to jail
for 18 years by the Grahamstown High Court on Thursday.

Child Trafficking as Flourishing Trade...
This Day, Nigeria, 21 February 2008
Unknown to many, child trafficking in Nigeria has become a booming
enterprise for those in it. In less than a month, the Kaduna State
Police Command has intercepted 130 children who were being trafficked to
different parts of the country.

Iraq War Vet Accused of Baby Rape
Associated Press, 21 February 2008
A former Army paratrooper who served two tours of duty in Iraq has been
ordered tried on charges of raping and critically injuring a 3-month-old

The War against African Women
AlterNet, 21 February 2008
Civil wars in West Africa are officially "over," but horrific violence
against women continues unabated -- and is growing increasingly worse.

Arrest in miniskirt incident: taxi alliance
SABC News, 20 February 2008
A man has been arrested in connection with the alleged indecent assault
of a woman at the Noord Street taxi rank, apparently because she was
wearing a miniskirt, the National Taxi Alliance said

'Rotten drunk' woman's rape claim thrown out
Stuff.nz, 20 February 2008
A claim of rape in the street made by a 39-year-old woman - described as
"rotten" drunk at the time by the judge - has been thrown out of court
after her evidence at the trial of the teenager she accused.

Rape case leads to U.S. troops restriction in Japan 
CNN Asia, 20 February 2008
American troops and their families stationed in Okinawa have been given
new restrictions because of a recent accusation that a 38-year-old U.S.
Marine raped a 14-year-old Japanese girl, the U.S. military said.

Patan rape: Girl still traumatized
Times of India, 20 February 2008
Her life has turned upside down. A bright student, she came from a Dalit
background and aspired to become a doctor. This flight of fancy has been
brutally grounded by wolves in the guise of her teachers.

Almost 90 percent of children reported experiencing sexual violence
Israel e News, 19 February 2008
Almost 90% of teenagers aged 12-18 claim to have been victims of some
level of sexual violence, according to a study conducted jointly by the
University of Haifa and Ben Gurion University (Israel).

EGYPT: Are attitudes to rape beginning to change? 
IRIN News, 19 February 2008
Egypt was scandalised last summer when an 11-year-old girl named Hend
Farghali was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old man. Petrified, the girl
did not tell anyone until she was five months pregnant.

Honour Killing Outcry 
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 18 February 2008
Activists call for legislative reforms to tackle honour killing and
other forms of violence against women.

Report says young refugees suffer abuse after arrival in Europe
UNHCR, 18 February 2008
A study conducted in Belgium and the Netherlands has found that young
female and male refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants are
extremely vulnerable to several types of gender-based violence.

Iran Hangs 2 on Murder and Rape Charges 
The New York Times, 18 February 2008
Iran on Sunday executed two men - one accused of murder and the other of
raping children - in a prison in the northeastern province of Khorasan,
the ISNA news agency reported.

School gag on rape by boy, 9
Sunday Herald Sun, 17 February 2008
A YOUNG boy who allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted a girl in a
Victorian primary school has been allowed to continue his schooling

U.N. Tackles FGM
Women's eNews, 16 February
The United Nations has launched a $44 million program to reduce female
genital mutilation by 40 percent by 2015, the Inter Press Service
reported Feb. 12.


Continuing struggle over rape cases
BBC News, 16 February 2008
On Saturday, the campaign group Women Against Rape (WAR) will stage The
Rape of Justice - Who's Guilty?

NIGER: Fall in rate of female genital mutilation/cutting
IRIN News, 15 February 2008
The prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Niger
fell dramatically between 1998 and 2006, according to a recent
government survey.

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

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