[Svrilist] SV in the News: 10 10 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Oct 13 12:08:47 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 <mailto: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:

Sudan leader says allegations against him "fabricated"
Reuters, 10 October 2008
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Thursday that war crimes allegations against him were fabricated and the people would decide in elections next year if the country's rulers were criminals.
http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnJOE49901Q.html <http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnJOE49901Q.html> 

Rape accused remanded to police custody 
Times of India, 10 October 2008
Arun Madhu Gaude (25) of Talule, Bandora and Digambar Babli Naik (25) of Narlacond , Khandepar, arrested in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, were remanded to four days police custody on Thursday.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/Rape_accused_remanded_to_police_custody_/articleshow/3578505.cms <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/Rape_accused_remanded_to_police_custody_/articleshow/3578505.cms> 

K'jong kills son for rape of sister
Daily Monitor, 10 October 2008
A man in Karamoja chaired a traditional court and sentenced his two sons to death for raping their sister, Daily Monitor can reveal.
http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/news/K_jong_kills_son_for_rape_of_sister_72887.shtml <http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/news/K_jong_kills_son_for_rape_of_sister_72887.shtml> 

MSF asks Colombian government and health care providers to guarantee comprehensive health care to victims of sexual violence
Medecins Sans Frontieres, 9 October 2008
The rate of sexual violence in Colombia is alarming. A recent study carried out by the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontieres reveals that 35% of their mobile clinic patients and 22% of patients in their fixed clinics have suffered an episode of sexual violence at least once in their lives.
http://www.msf.org/msfinternational/invoke.cfm?objectid=E137686B-15C5-F00A-25519BCCEACE7140&component=toolkit.pressrelease&method=full_html <http://www.msf.org/msfinternational/invoke.cfm?objectid=E137686B-15C5-F00A-25519BCCEACE7140&component=toolkit.pressrelease&method=full_html> 

Colony abuse victims cash ruling
BBC News, 9 October
Victims of child sex abuse on Pitcairn Island will be able to apply for compensation, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7660848.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7660848.stm> 

'Mutilation' doctor bailed 
Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2008
A former NSW doctor charged with sexually assaulting and mutilating female patients has been granted bail by a Sydney court.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/mutilation-charge-doctor-bailed/2008/10/09/1223145511090.html <http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/mutilation-charge-doctor-bailed/2008/10/09/1223145511090.html> 

Eight Men Face Jail in Egypt for Sexual Assault
Middle East Times, 9 October 2008
Eight young men arrested during a mob-style attack by scores of youths against female bystanders in a Cairo neighborhood on Oct. 2 will face prosecution, as the government finally acknowledges that sexual harassment is a serious problem.
http://www.metimes.com/International/2008/10/09/eight_men_face_jail_in_egypt_for_sexual_assault/9205/ <http://www.metimes.com/International/2008/10/09/eight_men_face_jail_in_egypt_for_sexual_assault/9205/> 

Young men jailed for Ariamsvlei gang rape
The Namibian, 9 October 2008
SENTENCES totalling 60 years' imprisonment were yesterday handed to two young men who convicted of gang-raping a woman at Ariamsvlei in the Karas Region near the end of 2004.
http://www.namibian.com.na/2008/October/national/08309002FF.html <http://www.namibian.com.na/2008/October/national/08309002FF.html> 

Baram MP shocked by Penan rape claims
The Star, Malaysia, 9 October 2008
Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan said he is "shocked" by the claims that Penan schoolgirls and young women had been raped and sexually abused by timber workers in his constituency.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/10/9/nation/20081009144534&sec=nation <http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/10/9/nation/20081009144534&sec=nation> 

NGOs Demand Guidelines to Prevent Female Circumcision
YLE International, 9 October 2008
Several groups are demanding that Finland introduce a national action plan to stamp out female circumcision. Authorities believe that some girls living in Finland have been subjected to the procedure.
http://www.yle.fi/news/id104013.html <http://www.yle.fi/news/id104013.html> 

Police raid Nigeria 'baby farm' 
BBC News, 8 October 2008
Police have raided a private hospital in Nigeria where they suspect new-born babies were being sold to traffickers. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7658882.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7658882.stm> 

Cash-strapped Rape Crisis may shutdown 
Independent Online, 8 October 2008
A Cape Town non-profit organisation that helps rape victims, their families and communities affected by sexual violence, has started to scale down its services and faces possible closure unless donors are found to rescue it from its financial predicament.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=594&art_id=vn20081008054941188C701363 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=594&art_id=vn20081008054941188C701363> 

Key accused in Orissa nun's gang-rape arrested 
Times of India, 8 October 2008
The key accused in the gang-rape of a nun has been arrested in Orissa's volatile Kandhamal district, where communal clashes since August 23 have left at least 35 dead and thousands homeless, police said on Wednesday.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Key_accused_in_Orissa_nuns_gang-rape_arrested/articleshow/3572412.cms <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Key_accused_in_Orissa_nuns_gang-rape_arrested/articleshow/3572412.cms> 

Scratching the surface: Pambazuka News and emancipatory politics
Pambazuka News, 8 October 2008
Is it not strange that while slavery triggers thoughts of, and calls for, reparations, one very rarely hears of calls for reparations with regard to sexual violence.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/51017 <http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/51017> 

MADAGASCAR: No welcome for sex tourism
IRIN News, 7 October 2008
The warning posters start at the airport in the capital, Antananarivo, informing visitors that Madagascar says "NO to sex tourism" and "Malagasy women are not tourist souvenirs".
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=80798 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=80798> 

Petition horror over rape
Gulf Daily News, 7 October 2008
MORE THAN 1,000 people have so far signed a petition demanding the maximum punishment for a worker accused of raping a six-year-old boy at the end of Ramadan. The incident has also sparked new calls for labour accommodation to be moved out of residential areas, as well as tighter screening of Bangladeshis who come to Bahrain.
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=230867&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=31201 <http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=230867&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=31201> 

Poland considers medical treatment for convicts
International Herald Tribune, 7 October 2008
Poland's prime minister says his government has approved a draft bill requiring people convicted of rape, pedophilia, incest or sexually motivated murder to undergo medical treatment to lower their sex drive.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/10/07/europe/EU-Poland-Criminals-Sex-Drive.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/10/07/europe/EU-Poland-Criminals-Sex-Drive.php> 

Mass Stigma Scars Congo's Rape Survivors
Women's E-news, 5 October 2005
A psychologist in a Congo hospital says decades of war have produced a rape-friendly culture with a double standard. While perpetrators go unpunished the victims, including children, are ostracized. Amnesty International has issued a new warning.
http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3766/context/cover/ <http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3766/context/cover/> 


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