[Svrilist] SV in the News: 04 07 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 4 11:21:36 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:

Rape convicted doctor had been struck off 
Stuff.co.nz, 4 July 2008
A doctor convicted this week of rape had previously admitted charges of fraud and was struck off the register for a time.

Jordanian boy murders sister for 'honour'
Times of India, 3 July 2008
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murdering his 23-year-old sister in an apparent "honour killing", a judicial official said.

Justice Dept. Admits Error in Not Briefing Court
New York Times, 3 July 2008
In a highly unusual admission of error, the Justice Department acknowledged on Wednesday that government lawyers should have known that Congress had recently made the rape of a child a capital offense in the military and should have informed the Supreme Court of that fact while the justices were considering whether death was a constitutional punishment for the crime.

Over 18,000 women forced into Sex Trade in UK
Thaindian News, 3 July 2008
Most victims are foreign, with least 85 per cent of the women working as prostitutes coming from countries including Brazil, China, Lithuania and Thailand. Many victims are lured to Britain with false promises of work in bars or nightclubs only to be sold for up to £5,000, often at airports or service stations, to pimps and brothel-keepers.

Myanmar cyclone victims saved from traffickers 
New York Times, 3 July 2008
More than 80 women and children who were victims of Myanmar's recent cyclone have been rescued from human traffickers scheming to smuggle them to neighboring countries, a media report said Thursday.

Man tells court how sibling 'raped' his mom 
Independent Online, 3 July 2008
A man on Wednesday recalled how his 64-year-old mother who was clad in torn pyjamas and crying told him his brother had raped her twice the previous night.

New sexual assault laws tabled
ABC News, 3 July 2008
The ACT Government has moved to make it easier for sexual assault victims to give evidence before the courts.

A Look at the Harrowing Lives of Child Prostitutes
New York Times, 3 July 2008
Dominique ran away from her home in the Bronx at 13, fleeing domestic violence. She quickly fell under the sway of a man who soon had her circling the blocks of Hell's Kitchen, looking for johns.

Assembly survey reveals unreported rapes
The Independent, 2 July 2008
Three members of the Welsh Assembly have been raped but have never told the police or sought any help, according to a survey released today.

Increase in reported rape cases in Liberia attributed to new rape law
The Liberian Journal, 2 July 2008
The President of the Association of Female Lawyers in Liberia (AFELL) has attributed the increase in reported rape case in the country to the new rape law that was enacted by the national legislature in 2006.

YEMEN: Government body moves to stem female genital mutilation 
IRIN News, 1 July 2008
The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC), a government body, has drawn up a national action plan to end the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Yemen.

Disturbing Findings In NY Teens Sexual Violence Study
Medical News Today, 30 June 2008
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, in collaboration with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Youth Violence Prevention, announced the results of a three-year, comprehensive research project on sexual and dating violence among New York City high school students, and the health impact of that violence on those victimized by it

Women facing forced marriages find a saviour
The Age, 28 June 2008
HELEN Rawlins climbed into her Toyota Land Cruiser at 7.30am, off to rescue another woman. As the baking bustle of the Pakistani countryside whizzed by, the British diplomat knew a tense confrontation awaited. Lately, she had been making a trip such as this once a week - to help British women of Pakistani descent lured to this country and forced, sometimes at gunpoint, into marriage.

Rights Activist Says State-Sanctioned Rape Widespread in Burma
VOA News, 27 June 2008
A Burmese human rights activist says Burma's military government continues to use rape as a weapon to subdue ethnic minorities. She urges Burma's neighbors to put pressure on the military to stop sexual violence against women.

UN chief seeks women peacekeepers to counter sexual violence
The Age, 21 June 2008
UNITED Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants more women peacekeepers and police to help counter "the abominable practice of sexual violence" resulting from armed conflicts.

Eyewitness: Raped for opposing Mugabe
BBC News, 20 June 2008
Twenty three-year-old Zimbabwean Maidei [not her real name] struggled to talk about her ordeal at the hands of Zimbabwe's ruling party youths who were keeping her captive.

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

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