[Svrilist] SV in the News: 02 10 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 2 11:47:44 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. 

SVRI Online Event: Researcher Trauma, Safety and Sexual Violence
Research. The SVRI would like to invite you to join us online from 28
September to 23 October to participate in our first online moderated
discussion on Researcher Trauma, Safety and Sexual Violence Research.
These online discussions will form the basis for a researcher safety
briefing paper and an online questionnaire. To participate in this
discussion join the SVRI Online Discussion Forum at: 
http://www.svri.org/forums/ and click on the discussion entitled:
Researcher Trauma, Safety and Sexual Violence Research. We look forward
to meeting you online!

Sexual Violence in the News:

Former doctor to face genital mutilation trial
The Australian, 2 October 2009
A former doctor accused of sexually assaulting and mutilating his female
patients will face trial early next year.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Hold Hearing Thursday on Global
Crisis of Violence Against Women
PR Newswire, 1 October 2009
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony on Thursday
to support groundbreaking legislation that addresses the global crisis
of violence against women and girls.

United Nations rebukes nations over rape, torture
Washington Times, 1 October 2009
Alarmed by the sharp spike in sexual violence against women, the U.N.
Security Council on Wednesday urged governments and the United Nations
itself to crack down on the soldiers and civilians who rape and torture
with impunity.

Darfur Women Refugees at High Risk of Rape in Chad 
Voice of America, 30 September 2009
Many women and girls who fled Darfur to escape rape and other violence
are facing similar attacks in eastern Chad.  And those are taking place
both in and outside of refugee camps.

Amnesty urges justice for Bosnia war rape victims
Reuters, 30 September 2009
Amnesty International urged Bosnia on Thursday to seek justice for up to
50,000 women and girls who were raped during the country's 1992-95 war
and to punish the perpetrators, many of whom still hold public posts.

Lebanon: Plight of the trafficked domestic worker 
IRIN News, 30 September 2009
Abbey was a nurse at a French hospital in Madagascar when a recruitment
agency suggested to her boss that she travel to Lebanon for three years
to work and learn Arabic so she could better care for the Arab sailors
whose ships docked at the Indian Ocean island.

Women's Groups Take on Laws Based on Sex
Inter Press Service News Agency, 30 September 2009
When a landmark U.N. conference on women adopted a "platform for action"
in Beijing in 1995, member states were urged to commit themselves to
revoke all existing laws in their statute books that discriminate on the
basis of sex.

Drunken soldiers on rape rampage
The Australian, 30 September 2009
Soldiers reeking of alcohol menaced Guinea's capital last night, a day
after they killed at least 157 people, wounded 1200 others and raped
women in the streets when they broke up a huge pro-democracy protest in

Indian experts exhume Kashmir rape victims' bodies
The Associated Press, 29 September 2009
Indian forensic experts exhumed the bodies of two slain Kashmiri women
Monday in an investigation aimed at defusing the latest tensions
plaguing this bloody Himalayan region.

Victim: Sex-abuse rule will cost lives 
New Zealand Herald, 29 September 2009
The rules, due to be implemented from October 12, state the Accident
Compensation Corporation will pay for counselling only if victims of
sexual abuse are diagnosed with a mental injury under the US Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual Version 4 (DSM-IV). Dr Kim McGregor of the
National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together said many counsellors
were ethically opposed to using a psychiatric diagnosis for sexual
violence and would refuse to do ACC work under the new rules.

Zimbabwe: Virgins Forced into Marriage to 'Appease' Evil Spirits
Inter Press Service News Agency, 29 September 2009
Three years after being seized from their families and forced to marry
and have sex with adult men in a Shona ritual to appease an avenging
spirit, five teenagers are facing a dismal reality.

Uganda: Will the new Marriage Law protect women from exploitation? 
New Vision, 28 September 2009
In the recent past, the media was awash with shocking news of bloodshed,
quarrels and fights resulting from various marriage problems like
adultery, divorce, clashes over property ownership, among others.

Children sexual abuse on the rise
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, 28 September 2009
A report released by CRADLE, a non-governmental organization indicates
that cases of sexual abuses remain highest at 73 percent of all reported
cases. According to the report, 79 percent of girls between the ages of
13 and 15 years and 21 percent of boys in the same age bracket have been
sexually abused. 

New Mexican Burial Sites Rise from Hidden Graves
Women's eNews, 27 September 2009
Months later, the killings are unsolved. But the families of 11 slain
New Mexican women now have a burial site to decorate and visit. One
father wants to change the way police respond to missing person reports.

In northern India, village elders order 'honor killings'
Los Angeles Times, 26 September 2009
Honor killings occur periodically in several states across India, but
Haryana, in the north, is particularly notorious, especially among the
ethnic Jat community of Maun and Banwal. To the Jat, marrying someone
from an adjacent village ruled by the same small group of male elders
known as a khap panchayat is an egregious offense punishable by fines,
banishment or worse.

Women's Rights in Developing World Receive New Focus 
Voice of America, 25 September 2009
Women's issues are moving towards center stage in the global campaign to
end poverty around the world.

Killing of women, child "witches" on rise, United Nations. told
Reuters, 23 September 2009
Murder and persecution of women and children accused of being witches is
spreading around the world and destroying the lives of millions of
people, experts said Wednesday.

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

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