[Svrilist] SVRI in the News: 23 10 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 23 08:35:01 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 & Partner Events at GFHR Forum 2009 Havana Cuba, 16 and 18 November 2009: The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Ipas and UNFPA take great pleasure in inviting you to attend two workshops hosted at the Global Forum for Health Research annual event in Havana, Cuba November, 2009. The meetings will bring together key thinkers from Latin America and the Caribbean in the area of sexual violence research and will explore the extent of sexual violence in LAC and how research can be used to strengthen health services and reduce violence. Please RSVP before 25 October to lloots at mrc.ac.za if you are interested in attending these workshops'. More details online at: http://www.svri.org/SVRIEnglish.pdf; and http://www.svri.org/SVRISpanish.pdf

Sexual Violence in the News:

Pacific women face among highest rates of violence in world, says researcher 
Pacific.Scoop, 23 October 2009
Women in the Pacific face some of the highest rates of physical and sexual violence in the world, but regional organisations are working hard to improve the situation.

Swaziland: Controversy over calls to legalise sex work
IRIN News, 21 October 2009
A search for ways to curb the spread of HIV in Swaziland has led to a public debate on legalizing sex work, which would have been unheard of 10 years ago in this poor, food-insecure country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86667# <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86667> 

Migrant workers treated as 'disposable labour' in South Korea
Amnesty International, 21 October 2009
Many migrant workers in South Korea are beaten, trafficked for sexual exploitation and denied their wages for long periods despite the introduction of rules to protect their rights, said Amnesty International in a report issued on Wednesday.   

Between 70-90% rapes thought to go unreported, 94% of reported cases don't end in a conviction
Media-Newswire (press release), 20 October 2009
Researchers from the University of Surrey have revealed that commonly-held attitudes towards rape are stopping women reporting incidents of sexual assault and stopping attackers from being convicted.
http://media-newswire.com/release_1103304.html# <http://media-newswire.com/release_1103304.html> 

Phone stalkers torment Egypt women 
BBC News, 19 October 2009
The crowded, bustling streets of Cairo can be an intimidating environment for women who venture out alone or even in groups.

Uganda: Female Circumcision Still a Vote Winner
Inter Press Service News Agency, 19 October 2009
Over three decades ago a 14-year-old girl, her sister and a group of young teenagers from Bukwo headed to the River Amana for a ceremony that would change their lives forever.

Tracking of sex assaults in Alaska 'inadequate,' Senate committee says
Anchorage Daily News, 19 October 2009
The numbers tracked in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report don't include child or male victims, not to mention that 41 Alaska police departments -- mostly smaller, rural ones -- failed to report data in 2007 despite being required to do so, according to the report.

My deported wife 'told me about mass rape' 
Independent Online, 14 October 2009
The Democratic Republic of Congo said it had agreed with Angola to halt tit-for-tat expulsions of each other's citizens as victims here Wednesday told of being subjected to brutal rapes and lootings when they were thrown out by Luanda.

'A crime of extraordinary wickedness': Australian woman's eight-hour rape ordeal
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October 2009
The eight-hour rape ordeal of an Australian woman in Scotland has been described by a judge as a crime of extraordinary wickedness.

Decapitated body among 100 girls, women killed in Juárez in '09
El Paso Times, 14 October 2009
100 girls and women had been killed in Juárez since the beginning of the year, a record for the border city. Since 1993, more than 600 women's deaths have been reported. The overall slaying toll so far this year in Juárez is more than 1,900.

Unwanted teen sex tied to binge drinking
Courier Mail, 14 October 2009
An explosion in binge drinking among high school girls is driving an increase in unwanted teen sex, a nationwide survey, which will be outlined in Brisbane today, says.

Immigrant Survivors of Abuse Seek Freedom
Women's eNews, 13 October 2009
Immigrant women suffering from domestic abuse face particularly high hurdles in finding protective services. In the Boston area, some are finding their way to safety.

Guatemala: Only 10 Agents to Fight Human Trafficking Nationwide
Inter Press Service News Agency, 13 October 2009
In spite of a new law against human trafficking in effect since March, little has been done in Guatemala to fight the trafficking of children, and child sex tourism has begun to flourish, experts warn.

Victim Earns Victory 19 Years After Rape
Tonic, 13 October 2009
Justice delayed is justice all the same -- and probably even more meaningful. Jeniffer Schuett, a 27-year-old Texas woman, has finally gotten justice, 19 years after she was kidnapped, raped, and left for dead when she was only eight years old.

13- Year- old 'sold' for sex
Independent Online, 12 October 2009
A 13-year-old girl was used as a sex slave by a woman who took the teenager to various male hostels around Soweto.

Indonesia: New Aceh Law Imposes Torture 
Human Rights Watch, 11 October 2009
A new criminal bylaw passed by the provincial parliament of Aceh imposes torture, violates basic rights to privacy, and fails to protect victims of sexual violence. 

Shedding our tolerance for rape
The Guardian, 9 October 2009
For those who write about rape, it's rare to be called upon to cover good news. However, a new report in USA Today would seem to be precisely that: the rates of reported rape are lower than they have been in 20 years.

The Failure of Anti-Trafficking Efforts
Wall Street Journal, India, 9 October 2009
Naina, a teenager rescued from a brothel in Bihar by my organization, Apne Aap Women Worldwide, once told me: "As long as there are customers, there will always be other little girls that can be bought." Naina is right. India has witnessed an alarming rise in the sex-trafficking of women and girls in recent years.

Guinea: In the aftermath of rape
IRIN News, 9 October 2009
At an 8 October gathering of Guinean women beaten or raped during the recent military attack on demonstrators, all wept as one young woman presented torn clothes soldiers had ripped off of her.

Rape case decision to have impact statewide
The Leader, 7 October 2009
In a decision that will have statewide impact, the state Superior Court on Tuesday overturned a Luzerne County judge's ruling that ordered an alleged rape victim to undergo an involuntary psychiatric evaluation..

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