[Svrilist] SV in the News: 23 01 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jan 23 12:05:31 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:

Wife-beating call was metaphoric: cleric
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2009
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Islamic leaders have condemned a Melbourne
Muslim cleric who told followers it was permissible to hit their wives
and force them to have sex.

Accused kills prime witness in rape case
Times of India, 22 January 2009
The prime witness in a rape case was murdered in Howrah on Tuesday
night, allegedly by the accused against whom he had been deposing at
successive court hearings. 

Contrasting positions of Obama, Bush on abortion
International Herald Tribune, 22 January 2009
President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, differ
sharply on abortion and other reproductive-health issues. Here are some
of their views

Hawaiian Tropic Zone bosses bribed me not to tell cops about rape,
former manager says
New York Daily News, 22 January 2009
A former manager at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone claims bosses at the
midtown tourist trap showered her with cash so she wouldn't tell cops
she was raped by a supervisor.

Austria braces for Fritzl incest trial
CNN, 22 January 2009
Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of keeping his daughter in a
cellar for decades and fathering her seven children, will go on trial
March 16 on six charges including murder and incest.

'Doctor threatened to bewitch my family' 
Independent Online, 21 January 2009
A Pretoria doctor accused of raping and indecently assaulting a
14-year-old female patient allegedly threatened to "bewitch" her and her
whole family if she told anyone of her ordeal in his consultation room.

SKorean convicted of marital rape commits suicide
International Herald Tribune, 21 January 2009
A man who last week became the first person convicted of marital rape in
South Korea was found dead in an apparent suicide, police said.

Woman circumciser arrested in Tarime
Tanzania Standard News, 21 January 2009
POLICE in Tarime District have arrested a woman who is engaged in a
harmful traditional practice of circumcising girls, the District
Commissioner, Mr Stanley Kolimba said yesterday.

"Anti-porn" bill could threaten Indonesian women
AWID Women's Rights, 21 January 2009
Although regulations regarding pornography are important, there is some
concern that there will be other implications, for instance for women's
rights, even down to what is permissible to wear in public

London Olympic mega-brothels a worry for clerics
Reuters, 21 January 2009
Church of England dioceses are to call for a government crackdown on
human trafficking in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics to prevent a
repeat of the "mega brothels" set up in German cities for the 2006 World

YEMEN: What is blocking progress on MMR?
IRIN News, 20 January 2009
The maternal mortality rate (MMR) remains high as a result of poor
health care and harmful social practices, including child marriage and
female genital mutilation, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) official in
Yemen has said.

Charities angry at rape sentences
BBC News, 20 January 2009
Disabled charities have condemned the sentences of three men who raped a
girl and left her permanently disfigured by throwing caustic soda over

Jail for man who raped daughters 
BBC News, 20 January 2009
A man who fathered two children with his daughter during years of sexual
abuse against his family has been sentenced to 14 years in jail. 

Health authorities won't hire med student with rape conviction
The Local, 19 January 2009
A medical student in Lund convicted for raping a minor will not be able
to gain employment within the Swedish healthcare sector without prior
approval, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has

Right to challenge genital mutilation decision granted
IRISH Times, 17 January 2009
A NIGERIAN woman has established substantial grounds to challenge as
"unreasonable" the Refugee Appeals Tribunal's conclusion that she could
reasonably expect to be protected by Nigerian state authorities against
being "forcibly circumcised", the High Court has ruled.

NIGER: Early marriage - from rural custom to urban business
IRIN News, 16 January 2009
In a country with the world's highest incidence of early marriage
according to the UN, child rights activists say the phenomenon is
changing in Niger from a village tradition to a cross- border business

Teen's arranged marriage is allowed in native Mexico
Los Angeles Times, 15 January 2009
A Monterey County father who allegedly tried to collect a dowry of beer,
cash and meat for his 14-year-old daughter's wedding was following the
custom of the Triqui people, police say.

Child marriage in India endangers maternal health: UNICEF
AFP, 15 January 2009
India's high rate of child marriage is a major reason for its large
number of maternal and infant deaths, said a UNICEF report released

UK aims to ease court trauma for rape victims
International Herald Tribune, 15 January 2009
Britain's solicitor general Vera Baird says new laws could make it
easier for rape victims to testify against their alleged attackers

Forced marriage law 'being used'
BBC News, 9 January 2009
New powers to protect suspected forced marriage victims have been used
six times since the law was introduced, the BBC Asian Network has found.


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

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SVRI Forum 2009: The SVRI is pleased to invite you to its first
conference, SVRI Forum 2009: Coordinated evidence-based responses to end
sexual violence, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 6 - 9
July 2009. The conference is aimed at promoting research on sexual
violence, highlighting innovation and encouraging sharing and networking
in the area of sexual violence. Webpage: 

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