[Svrilist] SV in the News: 17 07 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 17 13:21:50 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:

Los Angeles' rape kit backlog: A test of justice
Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2009
For almost a year, law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles County
have struggled to address revelations that they have fallen woefully
behind on testing rape kits, collections of evidence taken from the
victims of rape.

Indian politician arrested over rape remark
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 July 2009
A leading female politician of India's ruling Congress party was
arrested today and her house set on fire by activists after she
suggested that a rival leader should be raped so she can better
understand the plight of rape victims in her state.

South African man seeks forgiveness for rape
Washington Post, 16 July 2009
Dumisani Rebombo wasn't circumcised, did chores considered girls' work
and was sick of being taunted for not being a man. So at age 15, he took
the only course considered "manly" in his rural South African village:
He raped a girl.

Proportion of sex attacks by strangers on rise
Irish Times, 16 July 2006
More than half of all the adults seeking help from the Dublin Rape
Crisis Centre last year who had been recently assaulted had been
assaulted by a stranger, according to the centre's annual report.

Kashmir police held in rape, murder probe
CNN International, 16 July 2009
Four police officers were arrested by the special investigation team
probing the alleged rape and murder of two young Muslim women in
India-administered Kashmir Wednesday evening, a senior police officer

Children Affected by War: An Introduction to the Issues by the United
Examiner, 15 July 2009
Collaborative efforts between the Office of the Special Representative,
the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and key United Nations
entities, as well as Member States, regional organizations, NGOs and
other civil society groups, have resulted in significant advances,
actions and tangible results for children.

Repatriation Roils Rwandan Refugees in Uganda
Women's E-News, 15 July 2009
Rwandan refugee women in Uganda face particular hardships under a
repatriation push that started in April, with a July 31 target date for
completion, a local advocacy group finds. 

New Policy Permits Asylum for Battered Women 
International Herald Tribune, 15 July 2009
The Obama administration has opened the way for foreign women who are
victims of severe domestic beatings and sexual abuse to receive asylum
in the United States. The action reverses a Bush administration stance
in a protracted and passionate legal battle over the possibilities for
battered women to become refugees.

South Africa: Sexual abuse behind bars 
IRIN News, 13 July 2009
Sexual abuse is widespread in South Africa's prisons, but the provision
of health services to this vulnerable population remains problematic.

India brides had 'virginity test'
BBC News, 13 July 2009
India's National Commission for Women wants Madhya Pradesh state to
explain why hundreds of would-be brides reportedly underwent virginity

"The Killing of Women Is Like Killing a Bird Today in Afghanistan"
Inter Press Service News Agency, Q&A, 13 July 2009
It is easy to understand why epithets such as brave and courageous often
accompany the name of Malalai Joya. Slight of stature and serenely
demure, the young Afghan woman's past and present encapsulate the plight
of her countrywomen.

Hospital shocked by rape of patient 
Independent Online, 13 July 2009
An Angolan man has been arrested for raping a woman in intensive care in
a Luanda hospital, state radio said on Monday, in what is seen as the
latest scandal to hit the country's struggling health system.

Zimbabwe: Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) may be at greater risk
of sexual abuse
IRIN News, 10 July 2009
Girls who have been orphaned may be twice as likely to experience sexual
abuse, according to research from child-friendly clinics in Zimbabwe's
capital, Harare.

No Safe Haven for Ugandan Girls
Inter Press Service News Agency, Rights, 10 July 2009
A year ago, a mother in Kashari County took the law into her own hands
and castrated a man she caught raping her seven-year-old daughter.

Zimbabwe: The slang of sexual networks
IRIN News, 9 July 2009
Risky sexual behaviour has a language of its own on the University of
Zimbabwe's (UZ) campus in the capital, Harare.

Democratic Republic of Congo army 'to act over rapes' 
BBC News, 8 July 2009
The Congolese military has promised to punish any soldiers found guilty
of rights abuses, after activists claimed troops were carrying out mass

Syria Increases Penalty for Honour Killings
Asharq Al Awsat, 8 July 2009
In the midst of the controversy taking place in Damascus over the
amendment of the Personal Status Law - something that has yet to be
resolved- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree to repeal one
of the Articles of the [Syrian] Penal Code pertaining to honour
killings, replacing this with an Article that confers a more severe
sentence on those convicted of committing this crime.

Afghanistan: Call for tougher laws on rape
IRIN News, 8 July 2009
Rapists in Afghanistan too often get away with their crime, whilst rape
victims lack access to justice and experience stigma and shame,
according to a report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR).

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

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