[Svrilist] SV in the News: 21 08 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 21 10:01:55 SAST 2009


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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:

Group Says Honduran Cops on Rape Spree Since Coup
Latin American Herald, 21 August 2009
The group Feministas de Honduras en Resistencia said Thursday that is has documented 19 instances of rape by police officers since the June 28 coup that ousted President Mel Zelaya.

Rape in child marriage: High Court moved over 'soft' law
Times of India, 21 August 2009
Why is there a special discount given to a man who has raped his wife though the rape laws for others lay down stringent punishment?

Giving a voice to the victims of sexual and physical violence
United Nations News Centre, 19 August 2009
For nearly two and a half years, Roselidah Ondeko has been at work in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), helping local women find their voices to speak out about the epidemic of gender-based sexual and physical violence in the region.

25 Years for Women's Day murder
News24, 19 August 2009
A 25-year sentence has been imposed on the 22-year-old man who raped and killed an agriculture student at Mtunzini, in Zululand, on Women's Day.

Iranian Opposition Figure Ready to Present Evidence for Rape Claims
Voice of America, 19 August 2009
Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi says he is ready to present evidence to support his controversial claims that post-election detainees were raped in Iranian prisons.

Human Trafficking and the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Sangonet, 19 August 2009
As the 2010 FIFA World Cup approaches, attention is increasingly focussed on one of the most pervasive crimes expected to accompany the boom in the South African tourism industry: human trafficking.

Acid Crime Survival Zambia
Women News Network - WNN, 19 August 2009
Of all the gender-based violence directed towards women, the most horrific violence is that of acid attack..." said a 2007 report from the NCW - The National Commission for Women, New Delhi.

2 Liberian boys charged in rape ordered released
The Associated Press, 19 August 2009
Two 10-year-old boys charged in the alleged gang-rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl must be released from juvenile detention and placed in therapeutic foster-care homes, judges ruled Tuesday.

Women Score Victory Against Gender-Based Violence 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 18 August 2009
Women are celebrating a hard-won victory for gender rights after intense public protests led to today's re-arrest of the country's police boss - a self-confessed wife-killer.

Artist Dedicates Herself to Lost Women of Juarez 
Women's eNews, 18 August 2009
The unsolved murders over the past 15 years of often unidentified Mexican women in the border city of Juarez trouble a Mexican-born artist in New York. She is creating a tribute to each victim, employing a technique reminiscent of police chalk lines.

Mali: Laws abundant, enforcement less so 
IRIN News, 17 August 2009
While a recently adopted family code awaits presidential approval in Mali, a decades-old law that calls for much of what is in the new code remains unenforced, according to the Ministry of Justice. 

Non-Governmental Organisation Offers Girls a Way Out of Sexual Exploitation
Inter Press Service News Agency, 17 August 2009
Claudia was 13 years old when she came to the capital of Paraguay from her small rural town. Just a few weeks after her arrival she was wandering the streets of downtown Asunción, a victim of sexual exploitation

Traffickers target Israeli girls to replace foreign sex slaves 
Haaretz.com, 17 August 2009
At the start of the new century, Israel found itself with an unexpected and unwanted reputation - as a destination hotspot for sex trafficking. The government took significant measures against this phenomenon, but the success in stamping out the import of women for sex has led to a new problem.

Germany: American to Face Rape and Murder Charges 
International Herald Tribune, 17 August 2009
An American man has been extradited to Germany to face charges that he raped and murdered a 19-year-old woman near the United States military base where he worked 25 years ago, the German police said Monday.

What are we fighting for?
BBC News, 16 August 2009
The smell of disinfectant mingled with burnt flesh was overpowering - I was in the special burns unit in Herat's hospital. It was set up by a French charity in the Afghan city to treat women who set fire to themselves, usually to escape a violent husband or a forced marriage.

Senegal opens up on growing problem of child rape
AFP, 15 August 2009
Lawmakers and rights groups in Senegal are calling for tougher legislation to tackle what they say is a massive rise in the number of rapes -- many involving children.

Eight-year-old girl freed from 50-year-old husband
The Times, 15 August 2009
An eight-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia has won a divorce from her 50-year-old husband - at the third attempt. The girl, who has been living with her mother in the city of Onaiza, was given to the older man in marriage by her father, to pay off a debt.

Bahamas bid to outlaw marital rape stokes debate
AFP, 15 August 2009
Lawmakers are debating a bill that would make marital rape a crime in the Bahamas, overturning the current system in which consent to sexual intercourse is presumed in a legal marriage.

Study Makes Association Between Combatant Status, Sexual Violence, Psychological Health
Medical News Today, 14 August 2009
The article identifies the link between combatant status and sexual violence, psychological trauma, and general health in post-conflict Liberia.

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

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