[Svrilist] SV in the News: 30 10 2009

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 30 11:38:48 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. 

Sexual Violence in the News:

Teen abuse victims to get online support
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2009
An online support group for adolescents who have been sexually abused
will be trialed in New South Whales as an Australian first.

Accident Compensation Corporation scraps 'mentally ill' tag for
sex-abuse help
New Zealand Herald, 29 October 2009
The Accident Compensation Corporation has backed off requiring sexual
abuse victims to be diagnosed as mentally ill under an American
diagnostic system to get counseling.

New policy on violence against women 
Solomon Times Online, 29 October 2009
A national policy on eliminating violence against women, now in its
final developmental stages, will be officially launched by the end of
next month. 

Israel: Rape more traumatic than terrorism
The Media Line, 29 October 2009
A new Israeli study reveals that victims of rape suffer from higher
rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than people traumatized by war
or terrorism. 

Examining evidence behind spiking of drinks with date-rape drugs as
urban myth 
Abyss2Hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, 29 October
Marcella Chester, writer, speaker and novelist examines a recently
released study on date-rape drugs by Kent University researchers. 

Is childhood sexual abuse linked to inability to express emotions in
Medical News Today, 28 October 2009
An investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and
Psychosomatics explores the link between child sexual abuse and
inability to express emotions in adulthood.

Gang rape raises questions about bystanders' role
CNN, 28 October 2009
For more than two hours on a dark Saturday night, as many as 20 people
watched or took part as a 15-year-old California girl was allegedly gang
raped and beaten outside a high school homecoming dance, authorities

Violence against women, female teens, surges on television
Reuters, 28 October 2009
Incidents of violence against women on mainstream U.S. television has
increased by 120 percent in the past five years, with the depiction of
teen girls as victims rising by some 400 percent, the Parents Television
Council said in a report on Wednesday.

Bolivia: Politics, a risky business for women 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 October 2009
Taking an active part in politics in Bolivia can be a hazardous
undertaking. Hundreds of reports of violence against women participating
in politics attest to the risk. And while attacks go unpunished, a bill
designed to protect the rights of women occupying public office has
spent almost a decade in Congress waiting to be approved.

Guinea: September 28 massacre was premeditated
Human Rights Watch, 27 October 2009
An in-depth investigation into the September 28, 2009 killings and rapes
at a peaceful rally in Conakry, Guinea, has uncovered new evidence that
the massacre and widespread sexual violence were organized and were
committed largely by the elite Presidential Guard.

Honour case mother denies killing 
BBC News, 26 October 2009
The mother of an alleged "honour killing" victim has denied that it was
she who killed her daughter.

Warning on 2010 sex trafficking 
Independent Online, 26 October 2009
Traffickers and pimps would exploit the opportunity of the World Cup
with promises of jobs and thousands of dollars in cash, a child rights
expert has warned.

Girls accept gun running and rape as price of joining violent male gangs
Times Online, 26 October 2009
Teenage girls wanting to join violent male gangs are being forced into
having sex and ferrying guns, knives and drugs, police and charities
have found.

Ending the silence on 'honour killing'
Guardian.co.uk, 25 October 2009
The number of young women - and men - being killed or assaulted after
supposedly bringing shame on their families keeps on rising. But more
than ever before, those who have escaped violence are speaking out to
break the code of silence.

Colombia: Sexual violence as weapon of war
Inter Press Service News Agency, 21 October 2009
Sexual violence is used as a weapon of war in Colombia by all parties in
the country's longstanding armed conflict, and its main victims are
women and girls.

30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women
UNIFEM, 21 October 2009
The Convention's 30th Anniversary provides an occasion to celebrate its
near-universal ratification, as well as the recent progress that has
been made at the national level to implement CEDAW and make true gains
for women's and girls' rights on a practical, everyday level.

Mexico's pink taxis cater to fed-up females
The Associated Press, 19 October 2009
The new fleet of 35 cabs in Mexico's colonial city of Puebla are driven
exclusively by women and don't stop for men. The cabs cater especially
to those tired of leering male drivers.

Video: Victim of family rape speaks out
BBC News, 16 October 2009
A woman whose mother did not believe her when she became pregnant after
being raped by members of her family says she tried to commit suicide.

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

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