[Svrilist] SV in the News: 14 08 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 14 10:00:37 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:

Rape: It's a war crime
Los Angeles Times, Editorial, 13 August 2009
Rape is one of the oldest weapons of war, but until recently it was treated much like looting, as regrettable collateral damage rather than as a war crime. Despite changes in international law and declarations by tribunals and the United Nations., rampant sexual violence goes unpunished around the globe.

Female genital cutting raises childbirth risks
Reuters India, 13 August 2009
Pregnant women who underwent female genital cutting as girls are at increased risk of needing an emergency Cesarean section or suffering serious tears during childbirth, a new study finds.

United Nations drops rape case against Ghanaian soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo
AFP, 13 August 2009
The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has dropped a rape case against a Ghanaian soldier for lack of evidence, a MONUC spokesman said Thursday.

Defendant in gang rape of mother, son pleads guilty 
Miami Herald, 12 August 2009
The youngest of four men charged in the bone-chilling rape of a 35-year-old West Palm Beach woman and her 12-year-old son pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

Asia: Marriage no safe haven for women 
IRIN News, 12 August 2009
An estimated 50 million women in Asia are at risk of contracting HIV from male partners who engage in risky sexual behaviours, says a new UNAIDS report released at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia, this week.

Sudan trouser trial 'travel ban' 
BBC News, 12 August 2009
A Sudanese woman charged with dressing indecently for wearing trousers says she has been stopped from going abroad.

Women activists face attack and death for assisting rape victims 
Irish Times, 11 August 2009
Anne Rimmer reports on the dangers facing women human-rights defenders in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, despite the presence of the world's largest UN peacekeeping force

Special rape unit is needed 
Independent Online, 11 August 2009
Rape cases should be dealt with by a special police unit trained to handle such sensitive matters, says the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya.

Mali: Threats of violence greet new family code 
IRIN News, 11 August 2009
While rights groups are celebrating a newly-adopted family code in Mali that changes marriage laws and expands girls' rights, Muslim leaders and youths have vowed, even threatening violence, to block the code from becoming law.

Liberia: "Sexual violence is a stain on our society"
Médecins Sans Frontières, 10 August 2009
 "Sexual violence is a stain on our society," says Theresa Saday, counselor for MSF in Liberia. "I am happy to speak on behalf of young people whose voices go unheard."

Inquiry urged into Iran rape claims 
Al Jazeera News, 10 August 2009
One of the defeated reformist candidates in Iran's disputed presidential election is calling for an investigation into claims that anti-government protesters were raped while in custody.

Psychopaths have faulty brain connections: study
Reuters, 10 August 2009
Psychopaths who kill and rape have faulty connections between the part of the brain dealing with emotions and that which handles impulses and decision-making, scientists have found.

Child Marriages Still Dog Yemen
The Mid-East News Source, 9 August 2009
Children in Yemen are being forced into wedlock at a young age, because a law that limits the age of marriage has not been put into practice. 

Mexican Woman's Murder Lives on in Her Children 
Women's eNews, 9 August 2009
Children of a murdered Mexican woman are haunted by the domestic homicide they witnessed. But the crime remains unsolved, in what the grandmother calls a culture of impunity. The first of two stories on femicide in Mexico.

Do sexual assailants in the United Nations system enjoy impunity?
AWID, 7 August 2009
Recent changes to the United Nations' internal investigations processes are meant to respond to a growing number of sexual harassment complaints within the system. But will they make a difference?

Malaysian man jailed for forcing wife to have sex
Times of India, 6 August 2009
A Malaysian man who forced his wife to have sex with him has been sentenced to five years' jail under a newly enacted law aimed at protecting women from spousal abuse in the form of marital rape, a news report said Thursday.

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

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