[Svrilist] SV in the News: 24 10 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 24 08:40:33 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:

Nursing home back under scrutiny after sexual abuse claims
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2008
THE Aged Care Commissioner has been ordered to reopen an inquiry into allegations of abuse at a Central Coast nursing home.

Human Trafficking Legislation Threatens Cambodia's Progress Against HIV/AIDS
Kaizer Network, 23 October 2008
According to Tony Lisle, UNAIDS Cambodia country coordinator, the March 2008 legislation has "had unintentional consequences that have interrupted HIV prevention services in the sex industry."

Rwanda suspends NGO activities over alleged defamation
African Press Agency, 23 October 2008
The Rwandan minister of local government and social affairs, Protais Musoni, has suspended the activities of a local NGO, 'Sisters of Rwanda', for allegedly defaming the country in its organization's magazine which insinuated that in Rwanda gender-based violence is normal and accepted.

Montego Bay doctor on rape charge 
Jamaica Gleaner, 23 October 2008
A prominent Montego Bay-based doctor was yesterday granted bail in the sum of $250,000 in the city's Resident Magistrate's Court on a charge of rape.

Church weighs into abortion debate in Catholic East Timor 
AFP, 23 October 2008
A move to soften tough abortion laws in mainly Catholic East Timor is stirring opposition from the powerful Church.

Spotlight on 'confession' in trial over fatal gang rape 
The Namibian, 23 October 2008
TWO of the men accused of kidnapping, gang-raping and murdering a young mother of two children in Windhoek in May 2005 claimed in the High Court this week that Police officers beat them up in an attempt to get them to confess to their alleged crimes after they had been arrested.

Supreme Court declines CBI probe into nun's rape case 
Times of India, 23 October 2008
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to order a CBI probe into the nun's rape case and asked as to why the victim was not participating in the test identification parade of the accused to nail the culprit despite having stated that she can identify the perpetrators. 

Witness plan for 'honour' cases 
BBC News, 22 October 2008
Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being urged to review their witness protection schemes to help combat "honour crimes".

Fritzl says he was 'born to rape' 
BBC News, 22 October 2008
The Austrian father who allegedly imprisoned and abused his daughter for 24 years has said he was "born to rape", according to a leaked report. 

Doctor wins his after- rape drugs case
Daily Dispatch Online, 22 October 2008
AN MPUMALANGA doctor fired for prescribing anti-retroviral drugs won his case in the Labour Court yesterday.

Woman murdered in 'honour killing'
The Herald Sun, 22 October 2008
"The crime took place in the (southern) province of Aqaba four days ago. The man claimed that he killed his sister to cleanse his family's honour," the official said.

COTE D'IVOIRE: "Rapes are encouraged" 
IRIN News, 21 October 2008
Rapes of women and girls are common in western Côte d'Ivoire and generally go unpunished, said residents of the region. 

Court won't consider 'rape' testimony issue
International Herald Tribune, 21 October 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal involving a case in which a Nebraska judge banned anyone from saying "rape" in a sexual assault trial.

ARGENTINA: Non-Sexist Language for Reporters
IPS, 21 October 2008
An organisation of over 100 journalists in Argentina has drawn up ten "commandments" for news coverage of gender-based crimes, which include avoiding expressions like "crime of passion" and incorporating terms like "femicide."

Approval of Child Protection Bill demanded
The News International, 21 October 2008
ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a seminar urged the government for the approval of the draft Child Protection Bill to end violence against children.

British Women Decry Growing Tolerance of Rape
Women's Enews, 20 October 2008
England's conviction rates for rapists have dropped to less than 6 percent from 30 percent three decades ago. Anti-violence activists mounted a pressure campaign against officials, even staging a mock trial to charge them with neglect.

US: LA Police Fail to Use Funds to Test Rape Kits
Human Rights Watch, 20 October 2008
The Los Angeles Police Department should make it a priority to reduce its huge backlog in testing evidence in rape cases, Human Rights Watch said today after release of an audit that shows the number of untested rape kits continues to grow despite nearly $4 million in federal grants the LAPD has received for that purpose.

Rape Victims' Words Help Jolt Congo Into Change
New York Times, 17 October 2008
Honorata Kizende looked out at the audience and began with a simple, declarative sentence. "There was no dinner," she said. "It was me who was dinner".

WEST AFRICA: Cross-border FGM on the rise
IRIN News, 17 October 2008
Cross-border female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C) is on the rise in West Africa according to the UN, spurring the need to impose a region-wide law banning the practice, say experts.


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