[Svrilist] SV in the News: 16 05 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri May 16 08:35:41 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:

Haryana village proud after double "honour killing"
Reuters 16 May 2008
Five armed men burst into the small room and courtyard at dawn, just as
21-year-old, 22-week pregnant, Sunita was drying her face on a towel.
http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-33604820080516

Rene Burger refuses to be a victim
IOL News 16 May 2008
She was abducted from her place of learning, driven to an abandoned
house and brutally raped.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=79&art_id=vn20080516060
001551C486066&newslett=1&em=172344a1a20080516ah

Girls Married At 10 And Pregnant at 12
Sky News, 15 May 2008
Although child marriages are illegal in Ethiopia traditions die hard in
the remote northern region of Amhara.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1316210,00.html

CAR: "Our daughters have no future" 
IRIN News, 15 May 2008
Women in Ndele, a remote town in northern Central African Republic, are
making a stand for their rights. The local chapter of the national
women's organisation, OFCA, has launched a campaign to alert women to
their rights on issues such as female genital mutilation/cutting, early
marriages and polygamy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=78233

Teen alleging rape turns to YouTube 
CNN 15 May 2008
The video is hard to turn away from. A sobbing 16-year-old sits in her
bedroom and, staring into a camera, says she has been raped.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/05/15/rape.online/index.html

Girls Married At 10 And Pregnant at 12
Sky News, 15 May 2008
Bemused and bewildered, the little girl glances nervously at the camera.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1316210,00.html

Former MEC denied ARVs to rape survivors 
Independent Online, 15 May 2008
Former Mpumalanga health MEC Sibongile Manana was so hell-bent on
preventing ARV provision to rape survivors that she made no exception
for children.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=125&art_id=vn2008051505
4329565C829613

Retrial for rape accused who cross-examined victim
The New Zealand Herald, 15 May 2008
A mentally disordered man convicted of rape after representing himself
at trial has had his convictions set aside and a new trial ordered.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10510316

Victims of 1998 Indonesia riots still silent
Reuters, 15 May 2008
Ten years after riots that preceded the fall of former Indonesian
President Suharto in 1998, victims of sexual violence are still too
traumatised to speak out, a rights group said on Thursday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKJAK18122220080515

Many Female Child Molesters Were Victims Of Sexual Abuse
Medical News Today, 14 May 2008
A University of Georgia study that is the first to systematically
examine a large sample of female child molesters finds that many of them
were themselves victims of sexual abuse as children.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/107309.php

Anonymous rape tests are going nationwide
The Associated Press, 14 May 2008
Starting next year across the country, rape victims too afraid or too
ashamed to go to police can undergo an emergency-room forensic rape
exam, and the evidence gathered will be kept on file in a sealed
envelope in case they decide to press charges.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i3sHL9tK9gLLO7Z4r6P4csSPjirAD90KU7180

UN opens inquiry into peacekeeper sex abuse charges 
Reuters AlertNet 14 May 2008
The United Nations is investigating allegations that its peacekeepers in
eastern Democratic Republic of Congo committed sexual abuses, which aid
workers said involved paying children for sex.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14513337.htm

Rape victims who were drunk perceived as more responsible: study
Calgary Herald, 14 May 2008
>From the frat house to the jury room, victims of date rape who
voluntarily used drugs or alcohol prior to their assault are judged more
harshly than those whose drinks were deliberately "spiked" by their
attackers, says a University of Windsor researcher.
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/story.html?id=47d19434-128f-4042-b0c
5-5e6454dd39ff

'Minor' bride moves court against her marriage
Times of India, 14 May 2008
A Jaipur woman on Monday petitioned a local court seeking annulment of
her illegal marriage solemnised in 2006 when she was a minor.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Jaipur/Minor_bride_moves_court_agains
t_her_marriage/articleshow/3037788.cms

MAURITANIA: Justice not working for rape victims
IRIN News, 13 May 2008
The Mauritanian government says it is trying to increase prosecutions of
rape cases but poorly trained judges working with murky, outdated legal
texts make for slow progress.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=78182

Child traffickers circle Burma's most vulnerable
The Age, 13 May 2008
Child traffickers are targeting the youngest and most vulnerable
survivors of Burma's catastrophic cyclone and two suspects have already
been arrested, the UN said today.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/child-traffickers-circle-burmas-most
-vulnerable/2008/05/13/1210444439244.html

Teenager jailed for rape of girl
BBC News, 13 May 2008
A teenager from Ayrshire who admitted raping a girl, then having sex
with another underage girl while on bail, has been jailed for six years.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7398372.stm

Sex Crimes Among Korean Youth on the Rise 
Chosun, 13 May 2008
The number of Korean teenagers involved in acts of serious sexual
violence such as rape has risen significantly in the last two years,
according to statistics from the Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology.
http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200805/200805130024.html

First child trafficking case in court 
Sowetan, 13 May 2008
A Mozambican woman charged with trafficking children for sexual
exploitation and fraud appeared in the Pretoria magistrates' court
yesterday. This is the first case brought to court in South Africa since
provisions governing human trafficking in the law came into effect in
January. 
http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=765246

NGOs: New plan for rape victims a 'drop in the ocean'
Jerusalem Post, 12 May 2008
A tired-looking Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took some time out of his
busy schedule Monday to address a special session of the Knesset
Committee on the Status of Woman charged with examining the latest
progress of two new ground-breaking government initiatives - one for
treating victims of rape and sexual assault, the other for providing
rehabilitation to women in the sex industry - set in motion by the Prime
Minister's Office more than a year ago. 
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1209627068103&pagename=JPost%
2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Women not protected by law - NGOs
Weekend Observer, 11 May 2008
Women are constantly raped and abused because Swaziland has no
legislative framework that adequately condemns such acts.
http://www.observer.org.sz/weekend/main.php?id=43637&section=mainweek

Father jailed for child rape
BBC News, 9 May 2009
A man who raped his daughter more than 30 years ago has been sentenced
to 11 years.
(Video news clip)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7392644.stm

Djibouti to work with UN to eliminate female genital mutilation
UN News Centre, 9 May 2008
Djibouti has become the first country to launch a joint programme by
United Nations agencies to move more quickly to eliminate female genital
mutilation (FGM).
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26615&Cr=mutilation&Cr1=





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