[Svrilist] SV in the News: 14 11 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Nov 14 09:23:47 SAST 2008

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual violence from across the globe. Included in this week's SV in the News is information on a new online discussion forum thread. Please join in on the discussion, and any other thread that may be of interest to you. 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/> .

A. Sexual Violence in the News:

Rape as genocide in Darfur
LA Times, 13 November 2008
People hear the word "genocide" and think of 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust or the estimated 800,000 mostly Tutsis slaughtered in Rwanda. They do not imagine that rape can be so well planned and done on such a mass scale as to wipe out much of an ethnic group just as thoroughly, if more slowly, than large-scale murder.

Armenia: New report exposes sexual and domestic violence against women
Amnesty International, 13 November 2008
Women told Amnesty International how they were beaten by their husbands or other family members; how they were raped and verbally abused; how they were controlled and prevented from meeting their parents and friends.

Austrian incest dad charged with murder, rape, slavery
AFP, 13 November 2008
Josef Fritzl, 73, has been charged with murdering one of the children he fathered with his daughter during the 24 years he held her captive in a cellar, as new details of her plight emerged Thursday.

Policeman admits failure in Patlakwe rape case 
Mmegi Online, Botswana, 13 November 2008
An investigating officer in the case in which former government journalist Norman Patlakwe is accused of rape, said at the Village Magistrates' Court yesterday that he did not do a thorough job.

Beverly Hills fashion designer found guilty of rape
LA Times, 13 November 2008
A Beverly Hills fashion designer, once touted as a future star of the catwalks, was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting seven girls and young women, capping a two-month trial that offered a sordid portrait of the fashion world.

Sexual Violence Survivors Await Justice Nine Months On
African Women and Child Feature Service, 12 November 2008
The report by Waki Commission is unprecedented in many ways, in that for the first time in Kenyan history; sexual crimes have not only been acknowledged but also given the prominence that they deserve.

Catching up with the 'internet pimps' 
BBC News, 12 November 2008
Nine people from Thailand have been jailed for up to two-and-a-half-years for their part in exploiting women who were advertised in "online brothels". They are thought to have made millions of pounds from women trafficked from Asia to the UK for use in the sex trade.

Band of Congo Radio Reporters Aid Rape Victims
Women's E-news, 12 November 2008
In eastern DRC, a group of female journalists is managing to change the cultural acceptance of rape. Despite safety risks and chronic equipment problems, the members are persuading rural rape survivors to tell their stories and learn their rights.

Over 40 percent of Yemenis have been exposed to sexual abuse 
Yemen Times, 12 November 2008
recent study conducted among students from four universities in the governorates Sana'a, Aden, Taiz and Hodeidah has revealed that 42.9 percent of students have been exposed to some type of sexual abuse during their childhood.

Addressing Harmful Traditions in a Refugee Camp in Chad
UNFPA, 12 November 2008
The air at the Touloum refugee camp in eastern Chad, is eerily calm. Many of the 23,000 refugees have been here since 2004, when they fled violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.

India criticised for 'attitude problem' on rape
AFP, 12 November 2008
India needs a complete overhaul in the way it handles rape allegations, human rights campaigners say, after a German woman dropped a sex attack claim citing pressure and intimidation.

Tonga's chief justice says child sexual assault on the rise
Australia Broadcasting Cooperation, 11 November 2008
Tonga's Chief Justice says child sexual assault is on the rise and has called for a review of the country's indecent assault laws.

A DNA Backlog 
New York Times, 10 November 2008
In 2004, Congress approved a bipartisan measure aimed at clearing up the shameful nationwide backlog of rape kits, the physical evidence from sexual assaults, awaiting DNA analysis.

Yemeni child bride honored among Women of the Year
Reuters, 10 November 2008
A Yemeni child bride, who gained international renown after refusing to accept a forced marriage to a man nearly three times her age, on Monday received an award as a "Woman of the Year" alongside nine others.

Sexual assault 'part of school life'
ABC News,  10 November 2008
The Australian Institute of Family Studies report says school children are often reluctant to report sexual assault from other students because the fear the social consequences and do not think they will be believed.

Schoolboys gang-rape 14-year-old girl for insulting gang leader 
Telegraph.co.uk, 10 November 2008
The youths, some as young as 13, snatched their victim from the street before being marching her to a flat in Hackney, east London.

Police to hand over nine trafficked Tanzanian children
New Vision Online, 10 November 2008
The Police in Kampala are to hand over nine school children to the Tanzanian high commission for repatriation after they were trafficked into Uganda.

COTE D'IVOIRE: Appeal for help to stop violence against women
IRIN News, 10 November 2008
As Côte d'Ivoire focuses on restoring stability and holding presidential elections, women's organisations say stopping violence against women and girls must be an urgent priority. They are appealing to the international community for help in the fight.

How could you do this to me?
The Standard, 8 November 2008
The room is chillingly silent. All eyes are fixated on a tiny TV screen. A six-year-old girl is about to undergo the female cut the Somali way. She closes her fear-filled eyes and helplessly tries to pull her legs away from her mother, as the cutter approaches with a razor blade in hand.

B. SVRI Online Discussion Forum:

A number of new online discussions are currently underway on the SVRI Online Discussion Forum. You are invited to participate in the following discussion:

Thread: Improving effectiveness of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP): The Population Council is hosting an online discussion on the SVRI Online Discussion Forum from November 08 to May 09. The purpose of this discussion is to allow development practitioners to share information on best practices on administering PEP and emerging trends and lessons. Through this discussion we would like to explore the following:

1. How do we ensure survivors adhere to PEP?
2. What is the ideal regimen to give to survivors?
3. What are the most appropriate doses for children?
4. What follow-up strategies to enhance adherence to PEP are required?
5. In what ways can communities be involved to help improve PEP adherence?
6. How can advocacy strategies be applied to improve PEP adherence?

To view current discussions, comment or create your own please visit: http://www.svri.org/activities.htm#svri

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

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