[Svrilist] SV in the News: 31 10 08

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Fri Oct 31 09:25:59 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:

Congo residents tell of rape, murder
Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 2008
Congo rebels have agreed to open humanitarian corridors near besieged Goma, but aid agencies warn of a "catastrophe" as terrified residents recount tales of rape, looting and murder.
http://news.smh.com.au/world/congo-residents-tell-of-rape-murder-20081031-5eu4.html

Rwandan society must deal with Gender Based Violence
The New Times, 31 October 2008
Rwanda has one of the most progressive pieces of legislation to do with Gender Based Violence. The Rwandan GBV Act is one of the most progressive legal instruments internationally, as it seeks to demystify and define forms of gender based violence that include; conjugal rape, indecency, harassment and rape. 
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=13697&article=10287

Woman wins damages in abuse case 
BBC News, 31 October 2008
A woman has successfully sued Oldham Council for £95,000 for failing to protect her from physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her family. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/7700914.stm

Taiwan promoting first law targeting human trafficking: official
Taiwan News, 31 October 2008
The Ministry of the Interior is pushing for the passage of the country's first comprehensive law specifically targeting human trafficking, which would impose stricter punishment against offenders, an official said Thursday.
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=776944

Over 2,500 women in Ireland have undergone genital mutilation
Irish Medical News, 30 October 2008
There are approximately 2,585 women in Ireland who have und­ergone female genital mutilation (FGM),  according to statistics presented at a recent conference on FGM in Dublin.
http://www.irishmedicalnews.ie/index.php/component/content/article/1-news/341-over-2500-women-in-ireland-have-undergone-genital-mutilation-

The children who could be seeking divorce
Times Online, 30 October 2008
As a new book lifts the lid on arranged marriages in the Middle East, more and more children there could be seeking divorce
http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/article5040749.ece

Man rapes pupil in school toilets, walks away 
Independent Online, 30 October 2008
Just 24 hours before a man abducted six boys from a primary school in Walmer Estate, another primary school pupil fell victim to a child predator, who gained access to the school grounds, raped her in the toilet during school hours and walked away, it has now been learnt.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20081030114049951C685824

The Vatican: Guidelines to Stem Sex Abuse by Priests 
The New York Times, 30 October 2008
In a continuing attempt to grapple with the sexual abuse scandals of recent years, the Vatican issued guidelines Thursday that recommended psychological screening for candidates for the priesthood.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/world/europe/31briefs-GUIDELINESTO_BRF.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

UNMIL Reports Increase in Gender-based Violence in Liberia 
The Liberian Journal, 30 October 2008
UN Police Commissioner, Mr. Henrik Stiernblad, says statistics available show that gender-based violence cases are now being reported more frequently in Liberia as compared to the past.
http://www.theliberianjournal.com/index.php?st=news&sbst=details&rid=626&comesOfTheHome=1

'FGM major health threat among Pokot community'
Daily Monitor, 30 October 2008
HIV/Aids and Female Genital Mutilation among the Pokot  in Karamoja are some of the major health threats the community is grappling with, a new report indicates.
http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/regional-special/FGM_major_health_threat_among_Pokot_community_73936.shtml

KENYA: Jacinta Wanjiku: "They think they can touch me anywhere they want" 
IRIN News, 29 October 2008
Jacinta Wanjiku, 40, has been a waitress for 15 years, but lost her most recent job two weeks ago; she told IRIN/PlusNews that she was probably sacked because she is getting older and the management wanted to replace her with a fresher face to attract male customers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=81190

Women's Equal Participation and Full Involvement in All Efforts for the Maintenance and Promotion of Peace and Security
UNIFEM, 29 October 2008
This is particularly important in conflicts in which sexual violence is used as a tactic of war. Unless women's security is a primary objective of peacekeepers, and systematic abuses of women's rights are made a primary focus of judicial responses, the seeds are sown for an incomplete and possibly unsustainable peace.
http://www.unifem.org/news_events/story_detail.php?StoryID=753

'My room key was given to rapist'
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2008
A mother of two is suing a four-star hotel in Cairns after staff allegedly handed her room keys to a man who has now been charged with her rape.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/my-room-key-was-given-to-rapist/2008/10/29/1224956105821.html

Police launch team to investigate sexual violence cases
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, 28 October 2008
Police commissioner Hussein Ali has launched a special police task force to investigate cases of sexual violence that occurred during the post election skirmishes.
http://www.kbc.co.ke/story.asp?ID=53453

Sexual Trauma Haunts Many Female Vets
Washington Post, 28 October 2008
Shedding light on the challenges facing women in the military, a new study shows that more than one in seven female Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking VA medical care reported experiencing sexual trauma during their service.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102801693.html

Controversy over 'honour killing' 
BBC News, 28 October 2008
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has asked for a report to be drawn up on the case of a 17-year-old woman said to have been killed by her in-laws.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7694674.stm

Police rape study results drown victims' hope
Independent Online, 27 October 2008
Of every 25 men accused of raping a child or adult woman, 24 walk free - and one in every eight rape suspects is under the age of 17.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=13&art_id=vn20081027054824684C145739&set_id=

FBI: Child-prostitution roundup snares over 600
International Herald Tribune, 27 October 2008
More than 600 adults have been arrested and 47 children rescued in a three-day roundup targeting people who force children into prostitution.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/10/27/america/Children-Prostitution.php

Raped Indian nun denounces police
BBC News, 24 October 2008
A Roman Catholic nun raped in the Indian state of Orissa, allegedly during a riot by Hindus, has publicly denounced local police. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7689215.stm




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