[Svrilist] SV in the News: 04 09 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Sep 4 09:32:04 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:

Indian woman fights for 'rape' baby 
BBC News, 4 September 2009
Lakshmi (not her real name) is 19 years old, but her mental age is said
to be only around eight. She became pregnant after allegedly being raped
in a government-run care home, and the state authorities petitioned the
local courts to allow them to carry out an abortion. 

Phillip Garrido's past reveals another rape charge
Los Angeles Times, 4 September 2009
In 1972, four years before being convicted of kidnapping and rape, the
suspected captor of Jaycee Lee Dugard was arrested for allegedly
drugging and raping a 14-year-old girl near Antioch, California.

Afghanistan: "Differentiate rape from adultery" - rights groups 
IRIN News, 3 September 2009
Human rights groups are calling on the Afghan government to adopt a new
law which would more clearly differentiate rape, a criminal offence,
from consensual adultery, considered a serious crime in the country.

New school year puts French on forced marriage alert
Reuters, 2 September 2009
As thousands of girls and young women prepare to start the new school
year in France, activists are sounding the alarm over those who are
missing -- teenagers sent abroad over the holidays and forced into

Sexual abuse affecting girls' education 
Ghana News Agency, 2 September 2009
The Bawjiase Area Manager of Plan Ghana, Mr Joseph Chris Assan, has said
sexual abuse was a contributing factor to girls dropping out of schools
in the Central Region.

Pioneering operation gives female circumcision victims hope 
CNN International, 2 September 2009
Every day thousands of girls endure forced circumcision. It's a
controversial cultural tradition common in parts of Africa, South
America, Middle East and Asia and that regularly results in infection
and even death.

Human cost of mining in Democratic Republic of Congo 
BBC News, 2 September 2009
It was midnight when Elise and her husband were woken by armed men in
the Democratic Republic of Congo. Soldiers of DR Congo's National Army
burst into their shack, sent the husband into another room, and then
raped the mother of five at gunpoint. 

Action to help victims of violence proposed
Times of Malta, 2 September 2009
Malta is the only country out of 10 taking part in a study on violence
that did not adopt a national action plan on the trafficking of people,
the report says. The report - Ways of Implementing the EU Directives on
Violence Against Women, Children and Youth, also included the
participation of Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Hungary,
Cyprus, Czech Republic and Estonia. 

Rapists smile as woman breaks down 
Independent Online, 1 September 2009
Some of the men found guilty of gang-raping a Tembisa woman smiled as
the victim's sister wept in the witness stand of the Johannesburg High
Court on Tuesday.

1 in 3 teenage girls tell of sexual abuse by their boyfriends
The Guardian, 1 September 2009
One in three teenage girls has suffered sexual abuse from a boyfriend
and one in four has experienced violence in a relationship, according to
an in-depth study published today.

Man caught 12 years after raping German teen
Independent Online, 1 September 2009
A 36-year-old businessman will face trial in India for raping a German
teenager 12 years ago, the police said on Tuesday.

Kenya: Killing the cut but keeping tradition alive
IRIN News, 31 August 2009
The practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), once the
foundation of womanhood among the Meru, is slowly dying out as people
become more aware of the physical risks involved and its reinforcement
of women's inferior position in society.

South Africa: Law Failing Lesbians on "Corrective Rape"
Inter Press Service News Agency, 31 August 2009
"Women are getting killed in the Western Cape," says Ndumie Funda, who
runs LulekiSizwe in her "cabin" in the township of Gugulethu near Cape

Nursing and Midwifery Council Welcomes Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Guidelines For Handling Cases Of Forced Marriage
Medical News Today, 30 August 2009
The NMC welcomed the FCO Forced Marriage Unit publication relating to
issue of forced marriage. The document is callled Multi-Agency Practice
Guidelines: Handling cases of forced marriage.  

Women in camps turn to prostitution 
Daily Nation, 29 August 2009
More than a year and a half after they fled their homes in the
post-election violence, many women living in camps for internally
displaced persons (IDPs) in Kenya are taking to prostitution to eke out
a living.

Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women: A shameful indifference
AWID, 28 August 2009
Indigenous women are far more likely to die from violence than other
women in Canada. Over the years many indigenous women have gone missing
or been murdered without the perpetrators being brought to justice. 

Chile: Activists Demand Humane Treatment for Women Who Abort
Inter Press Service News Agency, 28 August 2009
Some 30 members of the Chilean Health Ministry's Consultative Council on
Gender and Women's Health have asked the government to enforce a
directive ordering humane and compassionate treatment for women who have
had an abortion.

Hear Us, Stand With Us: Zimbabwean Women Rise Against Sexual Violence
The Hub Witness, 27 August 2009
Add your voice. Help us collect 2,000 (or more!) messages of support to
be delivered to African leaders at the SADC summit in Kinshasa from
September 2-8.

Combating sexual harassment, one book at a time
Menassat, 20 August 2009
Following shocking statistics on sexual harassment in Egypt presented in
a recent report by a local women's rights group, different groups as
well as the national authorities have launched initiatives to battle the
issue. The latest trend appears to be books.

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

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