[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 25 11 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Nov 21 08:19:49 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:

Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
ESCAP Press Release No. L/65/2007, 25 November 2008
Across the world, in countries rich and poor, women are being beaten, trafficked, raped and killed. These human rights violations do more than harm individuals; they undermine the development, peace and security of entire societies.

Teen arrested for raping sister 
Independent Online, 20 November 2008
A 19-year-old youth was arrested on Thursday for raping his 9-year-old sister in Zondi, Soweto, Gauteng police said.

Top investigator says 12,500 children missing in Russia 
Ria Novosti, 20 November 2008
MOSCOW, November 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's top investigative body said on Thursday that 12,500 children are currently officially listed as missing in the country.

Prostitute users face clampdown
BBC News, 19 November 2008
Paying for sex with prostitutes who are controlled by pimps is set to become a criminal offence in England and Wales, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said. 

'Brutal rape' shocks helpless witnesses 
Dispatch Online, 19 November 2008
A GONUBIE woman and her 15-year- old daughter witnessed the brutal rape of a homeless woman in the normally quiet seaside suburb on Friday night.

Cambodian monk arrested, defrocked for tourist rape: police
AFP, 19 November 2008
A 17-year-old Buddhist monk has been arrested and defrocked for allegedly raping a British woman at a tourist site in Cambodia's northwest, police said Wednesday.

DRC: Rape crisis set to worsen amid Kivu chaos 
IRIN News, 19 November 2008
Soaring insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has raised fears of a new wave of sexual violence in a region termed "the worst place in the world to be a woman" by aid workers.

Alleged rape victim seemed brainwashed, says mother 
New Zealand Herald, 19 November 2008
The mother of an intellectually handicapped woman allegedly raped by her 50-year-old sailing instructor says her daughter appeared "brainwashed" after she moved in with the man.

Paris issues manual to stop forced marriages
Reuters, 19 November 2008
The Paris City Hall launched a manual on forced marriages Wednesday to help officials spot and prevent cases of young women being coerced into matrimony.

Shetra's story - the life of a sexually exploited child in Bangladesh 
UNICEF, 19 November 2008
A recent survey by UNICEF Bangladesh found the average age at which children became involved in commercial sexual exploitation was 13.

Police deny ignoring sexual abuse of Penan girls 
The Star Online, Malaysia, 19 November 2008
Police have refuted claims that they are turning a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse involving Penan women.

Saudi Arabian Doctors Crusading Against Female Genital Mutilation 
MedIndia, 19 November 2008
Two Saudi Arabian doctors, crusading against female genital mutilation (FGM), are painstakingly a huge volume of evidence to prove that the practice is detrimental to women's sexual satisfaction. It is in Saudi the FGM is frequently practised.

Woman recalls rape horror
Independent Online, 18 November 2008
A 27-year-old woman has told the Pretoria High Court of how she was raped while unconscious, allegedly by a man who had offered to help her find employment.

COLOMBIA: Sex tourism booming on the Caribbean coast
IRIN News, 18 November 2008
According to Mayerlin Verqara Perez, a programme coordinator at Fundación Renacer, a non-governmental organisation working to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, almost every other person on Cartagena's streets after a certain hour at night is connected in some way to the sex trade.

Soldier's Kashmir 'rape attempt' 
BBC News, 18 November 2008
Police in Pakistan-administered Kashmir are investigating reports that a soldier attempted to rape a local girl. 

Move to end 'highway abuse' of children 
Sydney Morning Herald, 18 November 2008
NSW Police, Crime Stoppers and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council will join forces to encourage reports of sexual exploitation of Aboriginal children along transport routes.

Zimbabwean Women Have Had ''More Trauma'' After Independence
Human Rights Tribune, 17 November 2008
Zimbabwean women have experienced higher levels of trauma, including violence and lack of food, after the country's independence from Britain in 1980 than before. Interview with Women of Zimbabwe Arise National Coordinator Jenni Williams

Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers
The New York Times, 17 November 2008
A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.

SUDAN: Southern women march for end to GBV 
IRIN News, 17 November 2008
Women marched through the Southern Sudanese town of Bor recently to highlight an important message: "Treat women with respect". 

Kharar youth booked for rape
Times of India, 16 November 2008
Over three weeks after a minor school girl had approached the police for filing a case against a minor youth for allegedly raping her, the Mohali police on Saturday finally registered a case.

Protecting girls and women from sexual violence in post-war Liberia
ReliefWeb, 14 November 2008
Despite positive strides towards a restored society, sexual violence against women and children remains a central reality of life in Liberia, where the United Nations maintains its second largest peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) anywhere. http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/MUMA-7LE744?OpenDocument

A mother's grief - Woman mourns sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old son
Jamaica Gleaner, 14 November 2008
Overwhelmed with grief, Ketura Bennett yesterday recalled the good times she shared with her son, Christopher Suckra, whose body was found hours earlier in cane fields at Blue Castles, near Georges Plain, in Westmoreland

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

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