[Svrilist] SV in the News: 14 03 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 14 11:18:44 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. For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Traumatised South African children play 'rape me' games
Gaurdian.co.uk, 13 March 2008
South African schoolchildren are so affected by crime that they play games of "rape me, rape me" and mimic robberies in the playground, according to the country's human rights commission.

A change of perspective in favour of the victims 
Yemen Times, 13 March 2008
Although the genital mutilation of women and girls is condemned as grievous bodily harm in countries all over the world, it is still practised even in countries like Germany, where an estimated 30,000 women are affected. Renate Bernhard reports on an alarming case in Hamburg

Rape accused desperate to stay out of jail
Independent Online, 13 March 2008
A Bluff man accused of raping his fiancée's daughter is desperately trying to prevent the Durban magistrate's court from revoking his bail.

German gets 15 years for Cambodia child sex abuse
Reuters, 13 March 2008
A Cambodian court sentenced a German man to 15 years in jail on Thursday for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, the latest foreigner to be caught in the southeast Asian nation's drive to stop child sex tourism.

Councilman Accused of Rape Is Said to Be Close to Plea Deal
The New York Times, 13 March 2008
A New York City councilman accused of rape is close to a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail in return for his resigning from office, seeking alcohol abuse treatment and apologizing to the victim, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. 

India police arrest 2nd man over UK tourist murder
Reuters, 13 March 2008
Indian police have arrested a second suspect in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old British girl found dead last month on a beach in Goa.

House bill seeks raising statutory age of rape to 16
ABS-CBN Interactive Philippines, 12 March 2008 
People are shocked when they find out that at the age of 12 years old, a child can consent to sex.

HIV/AIDS in TT 'alarming'
Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday, 13 March 2008
Browne said the reasons behind the high figure included a lack of education, poverty, violence against females, and biological reasons.

Double Standard When It Comes to Underage Sex?
ABC News, 13 March 2008
Should boys and girls be treated differently when it comes to underage sex? 

Sex crimes a big problem
The Fiji Times Online, 13 March 2008
SEXUAL crimes against women are still a big problem for Fiji, according to the US State Department's Human Rights Country report released yesterday.

Cambodia, a 'haven' for sex offenders
Independent Online, 13 March 2008
Dozens of foreigners have been jailed for child sex crimes or deported to face trial in their home countries since Cambodia launched an anti-paedophilia push in 2003 in a bid to shake off its reputation as a haven for sex predators.

Nazand Begikhani: A women's rights activist discusses honour-based crimes 
Kurdistan Regional Government, 12 March 2008
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has led the KRG's drive to tackle honour killings by calling for changes in the law, open debate, training and education, and greater support from government, religious and social leaders, the media and civil society organisations.

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Trying to understand the unspeakable crime 
IRIN News, 12 March 2008
Burgeoning unemployment, rising inflation and trade deficits are signs of a weak economy, but could child abuse be added to the list? As rates of this crime continue to climb, experts say economics is no longer just about numbers. 

350 cases of sexual assault reported during skirmishes 
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, 12 March 2008
Nairobi province recorded the highest number of rape and defilement cases during the post election violence that hit the country after the December general elections.

British crack down on forced marriages; 300 cases each year and more than 30 girls missing 
International Herald Tribune, 12 March 2008
Britain investigated 400 cases of forced marriages last year and is looking into whether 30 girls who have vanished from school registers may have been taken out of schools and forced to marry, officials said.

'Corrective rape' in SA schools
The Times, 12 March 2008
Corrective rape, where a male pupil rapes a female lesbian pupil to "make her heterosexual", was a growing phenomenon in schools, the SA Human Rights Commission said in a report released today.

KENYA: Displaced women "still facing threat of sexual violence"
IRIN News, 10 March 2008
The risk of rape and sexual abuse remains high for thousands of young girls and women displaced by Kenya's post-election crisis in January and February, an assessment by three agencies has found.

Girl gang raped by 10 men, court told
The Age, 7 March 2008
A group of ten men allegedly gang-raped a drunk 17-year-old girl in a Brisbane apartment after meeting her at a city nightclub, a court has been told.

Stoves protect Sudanese women from gender based violence
ReliefWeb, 7 March 2008
Before the new fuel efficient stoves were introduced to Kalma, a camp for Sudanese people who have been displaced by the turmoil in Darfur, women like Sadia had to journey far outside the camp boundaries to collect enough firewood for the evening meal. 

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