[Svrilist] SV in the News: 24 04 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Apr 24 11:16:41 SAST 2009








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 <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> . For additional resources and
information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org
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Sexual Violence in the News:

In Iraq, a story of rape, shame and 'honor killing'
Los Angeles Times, 23 April 2009
After prison guards assaulted an Iraqi woman, she turned to her brother
for help. But he - and society - failed her.

Filipino court overturns United States Marine rape conviction
Associated Press, 23 April 2009
A Philippine appeals court overturned the 2006 rape conviction of a U.S.
Marine and ordered his immediate release Thursday, setting off protests
from activists.

Italy passes harsher rape penalties
United Press International, 22 April 2009
An "anti-rape" emergency decree increasing penalties against sexual
offenders was passed into law by the Italian Senate Wednesday, observers

When mother 'ordered' son to rape, kill
New Times, 22 April 2009
She is a former Minister of Family and Women Promotion, a mother and a
national leader, yet she did not feel any remorse for those young girls
whom she ordered her son along with a mob of militias his cohort to
mercilessly rape before killing them.

Raped and killed for being a lesbian: South Africa ignores 'corrective'
AWID, 21 April 2009
The partially clothed body of Eudy Simelane, former star of South
Africa's acclaimed Banyana Banyana national female football squad, was
found in a creek in a park in Kwa Thema, on the outskirts of

PHILIPPINES: Illegal abortions - the risks and the misery 
IRIN News, 21 April 2009
Abortion in the Philippines is an illegal and punishable act, with no
exceptions even on the grounds of endangering a woman's life, rape, or
foetal impairment. The minimum prison term for an abortion is six
months, and the maximum six years.

2 men sue priest who pleaded guilty to raping them 
The Associated Press, 21 April 2009
Two upstate New York men have filed a $10 million lawsuit against a
Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to raping them.

Rape accusation riles Mexican Indian-ruled town
Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 2009
The brutal murder and rape of a 10-year-old girl two years ago has led
to an overhaul of mental health processes in Queensland.

Developing Stronger Protection Against Gender-Based Violence
Inter Press Service News Agency, 18 April 2009
When heads of districts describe efforts to fight sexual violence as a
waste of resources, it raises questions about the leadership's
commitment to deal with the matter.

Schoolgirls being forced into early marriage in Transkei
Weekend Post, 17 April 2009
MORE than 20 Eastern Cape schoolgirls are forced to drop out of school
every month to follow the traditional custom of ukuthwala (forced

Jailed for rape of sleeping woman 
BBC News, 17 April 2009
A 33-year-old man who raped a sleeping woman in a Hertfordshire house in
which he had been offered the spare room for a night has been jailed for
four years. 

South African political parties sidestep issues around violence against
Pambazuka News, 16 April 2009
Political parties in South Africa lack concrete strategies to address
violence against women, a problem faced by a huge number of their
constituents and that poses a significant challenge to the country's

SIERRA LEONE: Chiefs ban genital cutting for girls under 18
IRIN News, 16 April 2009
In Sierra Leone village chiefs, community members and women who perform
female genital cutting have signed an agreement stating that girls in
northern Kambia district will not undergo genital mutilation - or
'cutting' - before age 18.

Call for guidelines to deal with child sexual abuse in schools
Times of India, 16 April 2009
In the absence of a protocol for handling allegations of child sexual
abuse (CSA), there is a great need to frame such a policy which would
address the needs of different school streams in the state, said
stakeholders in school education.

African villages denounce female circumcision
CNN International, 15 April 2009
Ten villages in western Niger have publicly denounced the practice of
female genital mutilation, according to a UNICEF report.

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

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