[Svrilist] SV in the News: 07 08 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 7 09:45:38 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. For additional resources and information on sexual
violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Two boys detained in United States rape case
BBC News, 6 August 2009
judge in the US city of Phoenix has ordered the continued detention of
two nine-year-old boys accused of helping in the gang rape of a girl,
aged eight.

Chakarova's 'Price of Sex' Reveals Sex Marketplace
Women's eNews, 6 August 2009
Photographer Mimi Chakarova spent seven years delving into the world of
sex trafficking in Eastern Europe, even going undercover to document the
situation. The result is an intimate multimedia portrait of these
women's lives.

Media 'can help' rape victims
World News Australia, 6 August 2009
Mainstream media can empower sexual assault victims to share their
experiences and seek help, an expert says. Sharon Lockwood, a social
work coordinator at Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service in
South Australia said victims of sexual assault may respond directly to
media coverage addressing the issue or be prompted by the reactions of
friends and family to mainstream coverage of sexual abuse.

Guatemala's 'femicide' crisis 
Al Jazeera News, 5 August 2009
A white sheet covers another victim of Guatemala City's violence in
District 16. Jocelyn was shot dead while walking home. She was only
17-years-old. Her family has no idea why she was killed. Her murder,
like so many others in this country, will probably remain unpunished.
Situations like this one have become regular in Guatemala as violence
against women - termed "femicide" - continues to increase.

Child rape victims neglected?
Independent Online, 5 August 2009
Nine out of 10 child rape victims in Gauteng face repeated delays in
their alleged abusers' trials - because there are no trained staff
available to help them through their often traumatic testimony.

Outspoken Activists Defend Africa's Sexual Diversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 5 August 2009
The second World Outgames, held in the Danish capital, offered up a
veritable smorgasbord of sport, politics and arts while celebrating
sexual and gender diversity. But it also reminded participants that
bigotry against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people,
sometimes culminating in violence, remains a scourge across the world.

Curbs on freed violent offenders
BBC News, 5 August 2009
Asbo-style Violent Offender Orders (VOOs) that can restrict criminals'
movements after they are released from prison are coming into force.

Democratic Republic of Congo: United Nations sends protection teams to
east amid widespread reports of rape
UN News Centre, 5 August 2009
With reports of widespread rape and other atrocities pouring in from the
eastern Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),
the United Nations mission there has sent some 40 teams to the region
over the past six months to bolster the protection of civilians.

Universal Screening For Intimate Partner Violence May Provide Only
Modest Benefits
Science Daily, 4 August 2009
New research suggests that universal intimate partner violence (IPV)
screening in health care settings does not result in significant changes
in subsequent reports of IPV or quality of life, according to a new

Sudan police beat protesters as woman goes on trial for wearing trousers
The Guardian, 4 August 2009
Police fired teargas and beat supporters of a Sudanese woman facing 40
lashes for wearing trousers in public shortly before her trial was
adjourned this morning.

Jordanian Fatwa Bans 'Virginity Checks'
All Headline News (AHN), 4 August 2009
A Jordanian institute has issued a fatwa, or Islamic ruling, banning the
practice of pre-marital virginity examinations for women.

Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims
New York Times, 4 August 2009
It was around 11 p.m. when armed men burst into Kazungu Ziwa's hut, put
a machete to his throat and yanked down his pants. Mr. Ziwa is a tiny
man, about four feet, six inches tall. He tried to fight back, but said
he was quickly beaten down.

Abuse of trust breeds culture of silence
The Age, 1 August 2009
THE puerile stunt by Sydney radio jocks Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O on
Wednesday, in which a 14-year-old girl was strapped to a lie detector
and interrogated by her mother about sexual matters, reveals more than
just the nation's shock that the distressed girl disclosed she was raped
as a 12-year-old.

Bangladesh: Too young to marry 
IRIN News, 31 July 2009
Too many teenage girls are getting married in Bangladesh today, say
health specialists. According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) State
of the World's Children 2009 report, more than 64 percent of girls marry
before they are 18.

Grim Fate of Street Girls
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 30 July 2009
Bijou, 16, speaks in a soft, low voice as she paints a grim picture of
what life is like for a young girl living on the streets of Lubumbashi,
the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.

Sierra Leone: Sexual violence defies new law 
IRIN News, 30 July 2009
Sierra Leone in 2007 passed innovative laws aimed at reinforcing women's
rights and clamping down on sexual violence, but as the government and
social services struggle to implement the laws crimes against women
remain rampant, officials say.

Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking Reexamined
Voice of America, 28 July 2009
Law enforcement officials and rights advocates are looking at new ways
to combat child prostitution in the United States.  The effort is based
on a simple premise: instead of treating the young girls involved in the
illegal sex business as criminals, treat them as victims. 

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

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