[Svrilist] SV in the News: 11 09 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Sep 11 09:20:27 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:

Many Women Targeted by Faith Leaders, Survey Says
Washington Post, 10 September 2009
One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the
target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released
Wednesday says. 

Nicaragua: The Reality of Abortion Restrictions Revealed
RH Reality Check, 10 September 2009
In Nicaragua, pregnant women suffering from cancer are not allowed to
receive appropriate treatment; girls pregnant as a result of rape are
compelled to face health risks of teen motherhood; and women carrying
deformed fetuses are forced to put their mental health in risk over nine
months to carry the fetus to term.

Carjacker sexually assaults teen
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 September 2009
A 19-year-old woman endured a terrifying 20-minute carjacking before
being indecently assaulted in a bush reserve in Sydney's west last
night, police say. 

Sexual violence in Colombia: Instrument of war
ReliefWeb, 9 September 2009
Sexual violence has been employed as a weapon of war by all of the armed
groups involved in the half-century-long Colombian conflict. State
military forces, paramilitaries and guerrilla groups have used sexual
violence with the goal of terrorizing communities, using women as
instruments to achieve their military objectives. 

Visas to protect 'honour killing' refugees
ABC Online, 9 September 2009
Australia is closing a loophole so refugee visas can be granted to
potential victims of torture or inhumane treatment who currently do not

New website tracks European Union response to female genital mutilation
Amnesty International, 8 September 2009
END FGM European Campaign launches its website www.endfgm.eu
<http://www.endfgm.eu/>  today. The website provides an online identity
to the Amnesty International campaign which is committed to ensuring
that the European Union (EU) delivers a definitive strategy to end
female genital mutilation (FGM) in Europe and to protect women and girls
who flee their countries for fear of being mutilated.

Dozens of South Africa police murder and rape: minister
Reuters, 8 September 2009
Dozens of South African policemen have committed murders and rapes in
the financial year which ended in March 2009, Police Minister Nathi
Mthethwa has said.

Jordan: Tribunals No Substitute for Reforms on 'Honor Killings' 
Human Rights Watch, 8 September 2009
Jordan should reform penal code provisions that effectively reduce or
eliminate punishment for violence against women instead of establishing
special tribunals to hear "honor killings" cases, Human Rights Watch
said in a letter to the Jordanian Ministry of Justice on August 10,

Freed Sudan 'trouser' woman to keep up campaign
AFP, 8 September 2009
Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed Hussein who spent a day in jail for
refusing to pay a fine for wearing "indecent trousers" vowed on her
release on Tuesday to keep up the battle against the law.

Recession moves migration patterns
BBC News, 8 September 2009
Migrants at the bottom of the economic pile have been particularly hard
hit by the global recession. The worst of this job is not the sex. The
worst now is the sensation of failure Elsa, a 28-year-old Brazilian, was
a victim of people trafficking, but managed to escape. Now, the downturn
has pushed her back into prostitution

A Move to Register Sex Offenders Globally
Time, 6 September 2009
While the world's attention was focused on Phillip Garrido, who is
accused of abducting 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and holding
her hostage for 18 years as a sex slave, three other alleged sexual
predators were quietly brought back to the U.S. to face prosecution for
abusing countless children in Cambodia. 

Government set to crack whip on child marriages
Times of India, 7 September 2009
With a view to curb marriages of minors in tribal areas of the state,
the Orissa government on Monday decided to strictly enforce legal
provisions against child marriage. 

Rape and murder stalk South Africa's playgrounds and classrooms
Sunday Times, 6 September 2009
A recent survey in KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma's home province, revealed there
were 11 murders, 280 rapes and more than 2,500 violent assaults in its
schools last year. A further 3,000 cases of drug possession were
recorded, a pattern repeated across the country.

Non-Governmental Organisations: More funding needed for women's health
The Associated Press, 5 September 2009
Securing sufficient funding is the greatest obstacle to improving
women's well-being and rights in the developing world, officials
attending a conference on sexual and reproductive health said Friday.

Sexual violence against children now key feature of armed conflict -
United Nations report
United Nations News Centre, 4 September 2009
The widespread and systematic rape of girls in war zones is increasingly
a characteristic of conflict in many parts of the world, a senior United
Nations official warned today in an expansive report on children and
armed conflict.

Sudan: Women, children increasingly targeted in Southern clashes
IRIN News, 4 September 2009
Women and children are being increasingly targeted in the escalating
attacks against communities in Southern Sudanese states, exacerbating
the dire humanitarian situation, say officials.

'Many girls' abused by boyfriends
BBC News, 1 September 2009
A third of teenage girls suffer sexual abuse in a relationship and a
quarter experience violence at the hands of their boyfriends, a survey

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

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