[Svrilist] SV in the News: 05 02 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Feb 5 12:19:33 SAST 2010


Dear SVRI List Members

Online Discussion, 1 - 28 February 2010: The SVRI would like to invite
you to participate in a new moderated online discussion: "Developing
effective therapeutic and programming strategies for the care and
support of male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence". The aim
of this discussion is to explore the following questions: 
Question 1: What are the greatest challenges that you have faced in
helping male survivors? 
Question 2: What do you think are the greatest challenges faced by the
male survivors you have helped? 
Question 3: What can facilitate or hinder disclosure of sexual assault
of men? 
For more information and to participate in the discussion please
register at: www.svri.org/forums/ and click on the discussion topic. We
look forward to seeing you there!

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:

The Role of Policymakers in Ending Female Genital Mutilation: An African
Population Reference Bureau, February 2010
The idea of intentionally harming-let alone mutilating-healthy young
girls stirs feelings of anger and injustice. The fact that thousands of
girls are mutilated daily in the name of culture, religion, or gender is
difficult to imagine.

United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Examiner, 4 February 2010
In line with the increase in attention toward ending sexual violence,
the UN announced the formation of the the interagency network, the UN
Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict.

International Violence Against Women Act Addresses the War Against Women
RH Reality Check, 4 February 2010
The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that one out of
every three women will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused during her

Over 200,000 Filipino Children are Victims of Abuse, Says Group
Inquirer.net, 4 February 2010
Over 200,000 Filipino children have experienced abuse and `a great
majority of them are incest victims, an advocacy group revealed on

Bill Pledges a Billion Dollars to Fight Gender Violence
Inter Press Service News Agency, 4 February 2010
The U.S. House and Senate introduced new legislation Thursday that
addresses the plight of women around the world who are victims of

Girl buried alive in honour killing 
Independent Online, 4 February 2010
A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in
a gruesome honour killing just because she reportedly befriended boys,
the Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.

Poland convicts man for imprisoning and raping daughter
BBC News, 4 February 2010
A Polish court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for holding his
daughter captive for six years, raping her and fathering two sons with

Report Outlines Atrocities in Colombia 
United Press International, 3 February 2010
Violent groups in Colombia are committing atrocities in communities they
control including mass murder, rape and extortion, a report says.

Drop in Child Abuse Rate Doesn't Tell Entire Story 
AOL News, 3 February 2010
A new federal study found that child abuse rates have plummeted. From
2005 to 2006, an estimated 553,000 children were sexually, physically or
emotionally abused, a 26 percent decrease from 1993. 

Elderly Rape Victim Dies in Hospital
Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 2010
An elderly Queensland woman brutally raped and bashed as she hung out
her washing on Australia Day has died in hospital.

Mexico: Women - Casualties in Army's Counternarcotics War
Inter Press Service News Agency, 3 February 2010
Human rights organisations in Mexico and the United States sounded the
alarm about abuses against women by the Mexican armed forces in the
context of the government's all-out offensive against drug trafficking
in the border state of Chihuahua.

Video: Outrage over rape in KwaZulu Natal 
Independent Online, 2 February 2010
Women and children's organisations have expressed outrage over two rape
incidents that have left two communities reeling in shock.

Childbirth Hard for Rape Victims 
Health24, 1 February 2010
Women who have been raped have much more difficulty in childbirth than
their peers who have never suffered sexual abuse or violence, a new
study shows.

Child Brides in Yemen Seek Legal Protection 
Voice of America, 1 February 2010
In many parts of Yemen, it is customary to marry girls as young as
10-years old.  About a year ago, a bill was introduced to the country's
parliament that would set the minimum age for marriage at 17.  But it
continues to languish in committees after some religious leaders voiced
their opposition.  

Human Trafficking Survivors Train Cambodian Police and Government
PR Web, 1 February 2010
Cambodian human trafficking survivors will work with the United Nations
Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking  and the Coordinated Mekong
Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking Task Force to eradicate human

Iran Executes Two Men for Rape: Report
Reuters Canada, 30 January 2010
Iran, criticized by rights groups for its policy of executing some
criminals, hanged two men on Saturday for rape, a local news agency

Dubai: Social Taboos Make it Hard to Deal with Sexual Abuse 
Gulf News, 29 January 2010
Dealing with issues of sexual abuse can be problematic "in a society of
taboos" where such matters are kept under wraps in fear of shame and
dishonour, said a senior police official.

Haitian Women Lose Out in Post-Quake "Survival of the Strongest" 
Reuters AlertNet, 29 January 2010
In one of the camps sheltering the homeless in Haiti's
earthquake-stricken capital, a group of male volunteers stands guard
over hundreds of teenage girls and young women as they sleep during the
night. http://www.alertnet.org/db/an_art/57964/2010/00/29-162402-1.htm

United Nations Wants Investigation of Uzbekistan Police Rape Claims
BBC News, 22 January 2010
The UN is calling for an investigation into allegations of systematic
rape and torture in Uzbekistan's justice system.


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

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global
Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council,
South Africa. The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and
generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a
priority public health problem. If you want to know more about the SVRI
visit our website www.svri.org or contact us at svri at mrc.ac.za. To
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