[Svrilist] SV in the News: 28 03 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 28 09:34:02 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:

Rape study shows female dominated juries don't convict
Irish Examiner, 28 March 2008
MEN standing trial for rape stand a far greater chance of walking free
if they appear before a jury dominated by women.

Scheme to tackle 'honour' crime
BBC News, 26 March 2008
A project to raise awareness and the understanding of so-called "honour"
crimes and forced marriages is to get under way in the Thames Valley

Sheldean trial: eight-year-old testfies
The Times, 26 March 2008
A girl allegedly molested by Andrew Jordaan, the man accused of
murdering seven-year-old Sheldean Human, said he threatened to kill her
if she told anyone about the abuse.

Man beaten to death after rape
Independent Online, 24 March 2008
29-year-old Mthatha man was beaten to death after being implicated in
the rape of a young girl on Monday morning, Eastern Cape police said.

Schoolboys held for rape
Trinidad and Tobago Express, 24 March 2008
Two schoolboys will appear in court tomorrow, charged with kidnapping
and sexually assaulting a woman twice their age on Saturday

Husbands in forced marriages face rape charges
Scotland on Sunday, 23 March 2008
As many as 300 young women are believed to be coerced into marriage
against their will annually in Scotland, with violence and even murder
being the result in a small number of cases.

Early marriages pose risk for girls 
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain, 23 March 2008
BAHRAINI girls are having their health put at risk by being married off
too young, according to a top doctor.

Sudan rejects Darfur rape charges 
BBC News, 22 March 2008
The Sudanese army has criticised a recent UN report accusing it of
raping women and girls, and looting towns during attacks in western

LIBERIA: Special court for sexual violence underway 
IRIN News, 21 March 2008
The Liberian government has created a special court to deal with not
only rising rape cases, but also other forms of violence against women,
Liberia's Information Minister Laurence Bropleh told IRIN.

Nigerian family win last-minute fight to halt deportation
Irish Independent, 21 March 2008
She had sought the ruling to prevent the deportation, which was due to
take place early next week, of herself and her two daughters, Naomi (7)
and Jemima (5), on grounds of fear of female genital mutilation in

Rape in Brooklyn Project, 2 Weeks After Similar Case
New York Times, 21 March 2008
A 19-year-old woman was raped in a housing project in Brooklyn on
Thursday, two weeks after a 30-year-old woman was raped in a stairwell
in the same complex, the police said.


GHANA: Profile of a child sex worker
IRIN News, 20 March 2008
This is the story of 13 year-old Bernice, one of the many children in
Ghana who have been driven away from parents too poor to care for them,
ended up on the street with no education or money, and been recruited
into Ghana's booming child sex trade.

'Court doesn't punish gang rape' 
Independent Online, 20 March 2008
The five men accused of gang raping a 21-year-old Shallcross woman were
snuck into the Pinetown magistrate's court for an early appearance on
Thursday, evading the anti-rape protesters gathered outside.

Teacher on rape charge
Jamaica Gleaner, 20 March 2008
A 26-year-old teacher, Andre McLean, of a Portland address, was
yesterday offered $250,000 bail when he appeared in the Buff Bay
Resident Magistrate's Court on charges of rape and abduction involving a
12-year-old student.

Qld nurse raised concerns before rape
Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March 2008
A nurse on Queensland's Torres Strait wrote to her local MP, raising
concerns about security in the region, less than two weeks before
another nurse was raped there.

Rape case muddied by claims of 3 parties
Daily Times, 20 March 2008
KARACHI: The alleged gang rape case of a newly married woman, who was
visiting Quaid-e-Azam's mazaar from the Punjab on March 16, has
developed into a war of words between the police, NGO War Against Rape,
the Pakistan People's Party and her family, with each issuing separate
statements and stories.

Gene plays role in risk for trauma stress disorder
Reuters, 19 March 2008
A gene that helps regulate the body's response to stress can make
certain people more apt to develop post-traumatic stress disorder than
others exposed to similar trauma, researchers said on Tuesday.

Rape slur: Army officers recalled from Congo
Times of India, 19 March 2008
In a major embarrassment to India's proud peacekeeping record, three
army officers have been recalled from their posting with the Indian
contingent deployed in Congo, as part of the UN peacekeeping mission
(MONUC) there, for allegedly indulging in "misconduct and inappropriate

DRC: "Majority of rapists go unpunished"
IRIN News, 18 March 2008
Sexual violence against women is rampant in the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) but the majority of perpetrators, especially in "no-law"
zones, go unpunished, according to a UN independent human rights expert.

SYRIA: New draft law targets sex traffickers
IRIN News, 17 March 2008
In 2003 Hiba (not her real name), then aged 11, was forced to marry her
cousin. The following day she was driven from Baghdad to the border with
Syria and sold to traffickers.

Sex Workers Need Safety, Not Prosecutors
Women's eNews, 16 March 2008
The spotlight that has been trained on Eliot Spitzer's sex life this
past week should also help illuminate our whole ramshackle structure of
laws and policies that surround prostitution and human trafficking.

Congo women - violence in war and in peace
Pambazuka News, 12 March 2008
Marie Claire Faray-kele argues that even though the bodies of Congolese
women were used as battlefields in the DRC war, they are now being
excluded from peace process.

6-year-old rape victim in critical condition
Daily Times, 15 March 2008
LAHORE: Doctors at Mayo Hospital have said that the six-year-old girl,
who was raped by four men on Tuesday, was in critical condition.

Schools fear that forced marriages poster campaign will upset parents
Times Online, 14 March 2008
Schools in areas feared to have high rates of forced marriage are
refusing to display posters on the issue because they are too
hard-hitting, according to a government report.

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

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