[Svrilist] SV in the News: 28 08 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 28 09:14:05 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:

Kidnapped girl found after 18 years 
Al Jazeera News, 28 August 2009
Jaycee Dugard had been missing since she was abducted in 1991 near her
home in South Lake Tahoe, east of the city of San Francisco, by two
people in a grey sedan. Dugard's alleged kidnappers - Phillip Craig
Garrido - a registered sex offender in California who had previously
been jailed for rape and kidnapping, and Nancy Garrido, were both in
custody after being arrested on Wednesday, police said.

Serial rapist sorry for bikeway attacks 
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 August 2009
A married father of four has apologised for a ''systematic series'' of
sex attacks on Brisbane bikeways.

234 teachers probed 
Independent Online, 27 August 2009
The South African Council for Educators (Sace) was investigating 234
teachers for rape, fraud, sexual assault and physical assaulting pupils,
the organisation said on Thursday

Government launches study into female genital mutilation 
Nursing Times, 27 August 2009
Nurses and midwives are today being asked to take part in a new
government study into female genital mutilation.

Mali women's rights bill blocked 
BBC News, 27 August 2009
The president of Mali has announced that he is not going to sign the
country's new family law, instead returning it to parliament for review.

Mexico: Slow Progress Against Human Trafficking 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 August 2009
Despite progress in bringing Mexican law into compliance with the
international treaty against human trafficking, little has been achieved
so far in this country in terms of prosecutions and convictions of
traffickers, protection of victims and prevention of this increasingly
widespread crime, says a new report released in the Mexican capital

'South Africa is a health hazard'
Independent Online, 26 August 2009
South Africa has the dubious distinction of having some of the worst
health indicators in the world - a massive tuberculosis epidemic, the
biggest HIV-positive population in the world, one of the worst rape
rates and double the global average of violent deaths.

United Nations Liberia peacekeeper suspected of abuse found dead 
Reuters, 26 August 2009
An American United Nations peacekeeper under investigation for sexual
exploitation and abuse of minors in Liberia has been found dead in his
house in the West African country, the U.N. said on Wednesday.

Caster Semenya and Gender Discrimination - the 'Elephant in the Room' 
SangoNet, 26 August 2009
Some of those championing Caster's cause accuse those wanting to
sex-test Caster of imperialism and racism (as well as sexism). Others
plead for us to wait before 'reaching a verdict' arguing that the
realities of sex testing are enormously complex.

Life sentence for prison rapist 
BBC News, 26 August 2009
A man who admitted raping a 17-year-old girl and subjecting an inmate to
a sex attack while he was awaiting trial has been jailed for life.

Hawaii to Remove Inmates Over Abuse Charges 
New York Times, 25 August 2009
Hawaii prison officials said Tuesday that all of the state's 168 female
inmates at a privately run Kentucky prison will be removed by the end of
September because of charges of sexual abuse by guards. Forty inmates
were returned to Hawaii on Aug. 17.

Maputo Protocol Ratification Sparks Row in Cameroon 
Voice of America, 25 August 2009
A countrywide debate has erupted in Cameroon over the Maputo Protocol, a
document created by the African Union that guarantees certain rights to

Australia Aborigines ask United Nations for refugee status 
Reuters, 25 August 2009
A group of Australian Aborigines asked the United Nations on Wednesday
for refugee status, claiming special emergency laws to curb alcohol and
sexual abuse in the remote outback have turned them into outcasts at

Clinton Leaves Her Mark on Congo's Rape Zone
Women's eNews, 23 August 2009
In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton's recent trip to the Democratic
Republic of Congo, women's rights and safety activists in Congo and
Uganda reflect on the hope she leaves behind in one of the world's worst
rape zones.

The Women's Crusade 
New York Times, 23 August 2009
In the 19th Century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the
20th century, it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the
brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex
trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape. 

Is Google violating women's rights?
Women's eNews, 20 August 2009
Google Inc.'s recent restrictions on ads for abortion services in
fifteen countries raises questions about the influence of search engine
provider policies on freedom of information. In withholding access to
this kind of information, are women's rights being violated?

Elusive Justice for Victims of Gender-Based Violence
Inter Press Service News Agency, 14 August 2009
Florence Mukambi (left) will always bear the brunt of the country's
post-election violence after her two young children were burnt alive in
their beds while she was disfigured and rendered destitute.

Women Subjected to Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Army During WWII Still
Waiting for an Apology
Examiner, 16 August 2009
On the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Asia, women who
faced abuse and sexual slavery at the hand of the Japanese Imperial army
have now been waiting 64 years for an official apology and adequate

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

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