[Svrilist] SV in the News: 29 02 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Feb 29 09:23:15 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
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Sexual Violence in the News:

Human trafficking a hidden problem in St Lucia?
St. Lucia Star Online, 29 February 2008
Worldwide, human trafficking is considered modern-day slavery. It
involves victims who are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or
sexual exploitation

Rice Offers Regret After Marine Is Accused of Rape on Okinawa
New York Times, 28 February 2008
Hoping to prevent outrage here from harming ties between the United
States and Japan, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed deep
regret on Wednesday over a case in which an American marine is accused
of raping a 14-year-old Japanese girl on Okinawa.

Zimbabwe: UNICEF helps launch campaign against surging child rape rates
UN News Centre, 28 February 2008
With the number of reported cases of children raped in Zimbabwe surging
more than 40 per cent in the last three years, the United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF) has joined with the Government and religious
groups in an awareness campaign to fight the scourge.

Brothers accused of brothel rapes
Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2008
Two brothers faced court today over a string of rapes and theft of
sexual devices from Sydney brothels late last year.

CSMMU rape figures in Assembly
Times of India, 28 February 2008
Taking strong exception to the incident of alleged rape in the Trauma
Centre of Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU), the
government on Wednesday directed for stern action against the culprit
and said that henceforth hospital authorities would have to carry out
any medical checkup of a patient in presence of parents or guardians.

UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation
UNICEF, 27 February 2008
Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital
mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital
mutilation/cutting, 10 United Nations agencies pledged in a statement
today to support governments, communities, and women and girls to
abandon the practice within a generation. 

Wrong on rape
LA Times, Opinion, 27 February 2008
I was appalled this Sunday to see the headline "What campus rape
crisis?" pop up on my newsfeed, especially when I realized it came from
a major news source.

Little Choice
The Telegraph, Calcutta, 27 February 2008
Any idea of women's sexuality in India is inextricably bound within the
institution of heterosexual marriage. It is interesting to explore how
women's choices are constructed even within its boundaries.

Congolese women's campaign against sexual violence in the DRC gets
ReliefWeb, 26 February 2008
Rights & Democracy and the Coalition for Women's Human Rights in
Conflict Situations are proud to support the Congolese Women's Campaign
Against Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

'Secret boyfriend' rapist jailed for 20 years
The Mail and Guardian, 26 February 2008
A 47-year-old man was given an effective 20 years in prison by the
Grahamstown High Court on Tuesday after he was found guilty of rape and

Global expert on violence urges Jamaican parliament to focus on children
UNICEF, 26 February 2008
A leading authority on violence against children today pressed
Parliamentarians to concentrate on the plight of children in Jamaica's
effort to break the cycle of violence affecting the country.

New book explores women's side of Balkan wars
Reuters, 26 February 2008
A new anthology of letters and notes by Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and
Albanian women brings together for the first time a female point of view
from all sides of the brutal wars fought in the former Yugoslavia in the

U.N., Lawmakers Urged to Curb Forced Marriages
Women's eNews, 25 February 2008
Over 51 million girls under 18 in the developing world are forced to
marry, a practice widely viewed as a violation of their human rights.
U.S. advocates are now flagging congressional bills to help curb the

Gang Rape Video Reignites YouTube Row
SkyNews, 25 February 2008
There are calls for YouTube to be moderated more closely after a video
showing a gang rape was posted on the site.

Teen rape victim hugs guilty father
Independent Online, 25 February 2008
A dark-haired teenager went over to hug her father after he was sent to
jail for 15 years for raping her and indecently assaulting her young

Hunt on for taxi driver in rape try
Inquirer.net, 25 February 2008
The police are looking for a driver who allegedly tried to rape a
27-year-old woman inside his taxi on Saturday night.

What campus rape crisis?
LA Times, 24 February 2008
Promiscuity and hype have created a phony epidemic at colleges

What Campus Rape Crisis? Mary Koss's Response
The conclusions in Heather McDonald's opinion might have impacted
differently had she included the following information...........
Join the SVRI online Discussion Forum to access Mary's response to this

Trafficking tough to tame in rich Gulf states
Reuters, 24 February 2008
Aysha sold her wedding gold to pay traffickers $200 to find her and a
cousin jobs in Dubai. A world away from her village in Uzbekistan, she
was forced to work in a disco and expected to offer sex.

In Welfare Offices Screening For Domestic Violence Woefully Weak
Medical News Today, 5 February 2008
Even though federal welfare-reform legislation calls for case workers to
screen for domestic violence and most states have agreed to implement
this requirement, just 9 percent of women applying for Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families were screened for domestic violence,
according to data from a University of Washington study.

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

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