[Svrilist] SV in the News: 09 10 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 9 12:46:20 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:

Man who raped daughter spared more jail
Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2009
Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick has failed in a bid to increase
the sentence against a man who sexually assaulted his own intellectually
impaired daughter.

Lesotho: Child line offers hope and help
IRIN News, 8 October 2009
The volunteer children's counsellor hangs up, visibly distraught: the
latest call to Lesotho's toll-free child helpline was from a nurse in a
remote village in the northern district of Butha-Buthe, where she had
just helped an abandoned, mentally handicapped 16-year-old girl give

Rape trial begins after 40 years 
Independent Online, 8 October 2009
A woman who claims she was raped over 40 years ago is allowed to have
the matter brought to trial, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.

'Teachers Get Light Punishment Over Sexual Violence'
Korea Times, 8 October 2009
Teachers committing sexual crimes have been let off with just light
punishments, Rep. Choi Young-hee of the Democratic Party said Thursday.

Combatting Violence Against Girls 
Voice of America, Editorial, 8 October 2009
The United Nations estimates that at least 5,000 so-called honor killing
take place each year. Nearly 50 percent of all sexual assaults worldwide
are against girls aged 15 or younger. And more than 130 million girls
and young women have been subjected to genital mutilation.

Almost 40 000 rape cases in South Africa last year
Mail and Guardian, 8 October 2009
KwaZulu-Natal courts over the past year than any other province,
according to figures provided by Justice and Constitutional Development
Minister Jeff Radebe on Thursday.

Georgia Reaches Out to Girls Lost in 'the Life'
Women's eNews, 7 October 2009
A new program in Georgia helps prostituted girls and teens find a way
out of "the life." Eight juveniles have been in the program since July
and state officials expect that number to grow.

Grace Ushang's Death and the Indecent Dressing Bill 
AWID, 7 October 2009
On the day that Nigeria celebrated its 49th Independence Anniversary on
1 October 2009, NEXT Newspaper reported that Ms. Ushang from Obudu in
Cross River State, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
serving in Maiduguri, Borno State, was raped to death by some men still
at large, who, according to the story, "took offence because she was
wearing her Khaki trousers - the official uniform of the youth corpers."


Two Students Raped On University Campus
Sky News, 7 October 2009
Police are hunting a university rapist after two women were attacked on
the same day in the same halls of residence.

India: Kerala Women Are Battered Wives
Inter Press Service News Agency, 6 October 2009
Kerala, the south Indian state which has the highest literacy levels and
excellent social development indicators, has an unsavoury side - a land
of violent husbands.

Abuse against women 'not tackled' 
BBC News, 6 October 2009
The Violence Against Women Action Group says a draft strategy is too
focused on domestic violence and not issues like sexual assault and
forced marriage. 

UNICEF 'Progress for Children' report advances child-protection goals
UNICEF, 5 October 2009
Children around the world are experiencing fundamental infringements of
their human rights, and suffering physical and psychological harm that
has wide-reaching, sometimes irreparable effects.

In a Guinea Seized by Violence, Women Are Prey
Times of India, 5 October 2009
Cellphone snapshots, ugly and hard to refute, are circulating here and
feeding rage: they show that women were the particular targets of the
Guinean soldiers who suppressed a political demonstration at a stadium
here last week, with victims and witnesses describing rapes, beatings
and acts of intentional humiliation.

Security Council Urges Further Measures to Strengthen Women's
Participation in Peace Processes 
UNIFEM, 5 October 2009
The UN Security Council on 5 October called for a wide range of measures
to strengthen the participation of women at all stages of peace
processes. Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 1889 (2009), the
Security Council reaffirmed its landmark resolution 1325 (2000) on
women, peace and security, and condemned continuing sexual violence
against women in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Conviction rate in sex cases 13 per cent 
New Zealand Herald, 3 October 2009
Only 13 per cent of sexual violation cases reported to police end in a
conviction, the first study of its kind in New Zealand has found.

Chilling bond between online abusers 
BBC News, 1 October 2009
They lived hundreds of miles apart, and never met face-to-face until
they appeared together in the dock of Bristol Crown Court, but Vanessa
George, Angela Allen and Colin Blanchard knew more about one another's
secrets than anyone else.

Will a 9-year-old Face a Rape Trial?
Time Magazine, 29 October 2009
A 9-year-old boy charged in the gang-rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl
sobbed in court Monday as his teacher testified that he rarely did his
homework and often got into fights with other students.

Malaysia: Government Urged to Stem the Tide of Child Trafficking
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 September 2009
"My family was starving. . . . I was sold to people who brought me here
to work and feed my family back home," said Ah Mun, a victim of child

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

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