[Svrilist] SV in the News: 25 01 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jan 25 09:40:45 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:

Abuses increase against women and children displaced in Kenya 
Reuters AlertNet, 24 January 2008
"Displaced people continue to camp in temporary, makeshift structures
that do not meet international humanitarian standards," Kasimbu says.
"Moreover, these camps are unsafe for children and women since they
sleep together in the same areas as men--increasing the likelihood of

NIGERIA: Poverty and poor education behind child trafficking
IRIN News, 24 January 2008
Authorities in Nigeria have started identifying the parents of 105
children found packed on a lorry last week who they suspect were
trafficked to serve as beggars or servants after their parents allowed
them to go away with strangers who promised to feed and educate them.

Police: More charges expected against nurse accused of rape of patient
at Ohio nursing home
International Herald Tribune, 24 January 2008
A night shift nurse accused of raping a nursing home patient confessed
to abusing dozens of patients as far back as the 1980s and is likely to
face more charges, a police official said Thursday.

UN heads petition to curb gender violence
BuaNews Online, 23 January 2008
The United Nations Foundation (UNF) will donate $1 for each of the first
100 000 signatures to an online petition aimed at eliminating violence
against women.

Gang rape spirals in violent Kenya
BBC News, 23 January 2008
Rape is on the rise in Kenya, troubled by violence which followed
December's disputed elections.

Child rape crisis widens
The Courier Mail, 23 January 2008
CHILDREN are allegedly raping other children and adults in remote
indigenous communities across Queensland.

Does a rapist deserve a military burial?
Los Angeles Times, 23 January 2008
Honoring a convicted sex predator who killed himself behind bars sends a
chilling message to victims.

Mexico City starts grope-free buses for women
The Mail and Guardian, 23 January 2008
Mexico City has started a women-only bus service to protect female
passengers from groping and verbal abuse common on the city's packed
public-transportation system.

Man charged with rape, prostituting of seventh-grader
The Seattle Times, 22 January 2008
A 23-year-old Seattle man who police say coerced a preteen girl into
prostitution has been charged with two counts of second-degree rape of a
child and one count of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Cop arrested for child rape
News24, 22 January 2008
Johannesburg - A case of rape against a police officer was on Monday
postponed in the Amersfoort Magistrate's Court, Mpumalanga police said.

Alleged league star rape victim 'too drunk to consent'
New Zealand Herald, 22 January 2008
A woman who alleges she was raped by former Kiwi rugby league player Tea
Ropati said today that an "honourable man" would have sent her home in a
taxi because she was so drunk.

Swedes argue over sex law
BBC News, 21 January 2008
Two women who claim they were sexually abused by leading Swedish
politicians in the 1970s when working as under-age prostitutes are
demanding that the state compensate them for the alleged abuse.

Gujarat rioters get life for rape, murders
Reuters, 21 January 2007
A court punished 11 Hindus with life in prison on Monday for gang-raping
a pregnant Muslim woman and murdering her family during one of India's
worst riots in which hundreds of people, mostly Muslims, were

International Criminal Court Prosecutor set to visit Central African
ReliefWeb, 21 January 2008
"We hear of gang rapes, mass rapes, horrific sexual acts being inflicted
on women, young girls, the elderly, in some cases on men. Perpetrators
of acts of massive sexual violence, in the CAR and elsewhere, must know
that they will be held accountable."

U.N. prosecutor says ex-Kosovo PM approved rape and murder
Reuters, 21 January 2008
Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj approved the rape,
persecution and murder of Serb civilians when he led a guerrilla force
in the 1990s, prosecutors at his war crimes trial said on Monday.

Rape still a problem in the Congo
United Press International, 21 January 2008
The United Nations says rape continues to be a problem in the
northeastern portion of the Congo despite an end to military activity.

PAKISTAN: Trafficking of children on the rise 
IRIN News, 21 January 2008
Many of these girls, according to child rights groups, end up as sex
workers. Some are no older than 10 at the time of the "sale".

A Cutting Tradition 
New York Times, 20 January 2007
When a girl is taken - usually by her mother - to a free circumcision
event held each spring in Bandung, Indonesia, she is handed over to a
small group of women who, swiftly and yet with apparent affection, cut
off a small piece of her genitals.

Call to re-name 'honour' killings
BBC News, 16 January 2008
Police in Lancashire are calling for so-called honour killings to be
renamed cultural killings to reflect the practice more accurately.

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

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