[Svrilist] SV in the News: 19 02 10
Sexual Violence Research Initiative
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Fri Feb 19 10:12:21 SAST 2010
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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:
Woman Charged Over 12 Year Old Prostitute
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 February 2010
A woman has been charged with prostitution offences relating to a
12-year-old girl as police investigate a trade in underage prostitutes
Uproar Over Rape Cases in Kenya
Capital FM, Kenya, 18 February 2010
The Department of Children's services has raised concern over the
increasing number of parents who settle sexual assault cases involving
children out of court.
Fight Female Mutilation Harder Activists Urge European Union
Inter Press Service News Agency, 17 February 2010
With hundreds of thousands of girls and women believed to be at risk of
female genital mutilation in Europe, rights groups have mounted a
campaign to get European Union leaders to stop what they see as a
barbaric and dangerous procedure.
Rape Juries: Conviction More Likely
The Press Association, 17 February 2010
Claims that sexist juries allow rapists to get away with their crimes
have been challenged in an official report.
Egypt Moves Closer to Passing Sexual Harassment Law
Reuters, 17 February 2010
Egypt, under pressure from activists, has moved closer to passing laws
to crack down on sexual harassment after overcoming initial legislative
hurdles, members of parliament said on Wednesday.
Life after Female Genital Mutilation
The Guardian, 17 February 2010
Consultant gynaecologist Geetha Subramanian is one of only a handful of
medical professionals in the United Kingdom to carry out Female Genital
United Nations Urges Media in Liberia to Highlight Lack of Punishment
for Sexual Violence
United Nations News Centre, 16 February 2010
The United Nations is urging media practitioners in Liberia to play a
major role in creating public awareness about gender-based violence, one
of the most frequently committed serious crimes in the country.
Women at War: How Roles are Changing
BBC News, 16 February 2010
Helena Merriman reports on a woman whose experience of sexual assault,
while serving in the United States Air Force in Afghanistan, turned her
into a campaigner for the welfare of service women.
Girls, 14, Forced to Marry in South Africa
Sky News, 16 February 2010
Girls as young as 14 are still being forced into marriage in some rural
communities in South Africa, despite a campaign to end the practice.
The Price of Political Rape
The Morung Express, 16 February 2010
Like Bosnia's grim detention camps or Sierra Leone's amputations, public
rape became an icon of atrocity that forced the hand of decision-makers.
Rape Victims Respond to Survey on 'Blame' for Rape
BBC News, 15 February 2010
Rape victims, their friends and families have been giving their reaction
to a survey which asked who is to 'blame' for rape.
Child Sexual Abuse Victims at Higher Risk of Fatal Self-Harm, Australia
Medical News Today, 15 February 2010
Victims of child sexual abuse are at increased risk of suicide and
accidental fatal drug overdose later in life, according to the authors
of a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
United Nations Teaches Democratic Republic of Congo Women to Tackle Rape
AFP, 15 February 2010
Five goats and some money used to be the price to forget an act of rape
in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but United Nations
staff are telling women they can now go to court.
Ontario Women were Asphyxiated, Source Says
The Globe and Mail, 12 February 2010
Jessica Lloyd was strangled by her killer, according to a source who
says the death of the 27-year-old from Belleville was the ultimate crime
in a "bizarre escalation" of behaviour.
Indonesia: Guarantee Domestic Workers' Rights in 2010
Human Rights Watch, 12 February 2010
Indonesian domestic workers both at home and abroad are often denied the
protection of regular labor laws and endure excessively long working
hours with no days off, unpaid wages, and physical or sexual abuse.
Cinema Helps Turn Tide on Female Genital Cutting in Mali
SOS Children's Villages, 10 February 2010
A mobile cinema that travels from village to village in remote areas of
Mali, is working to change lives and attitudes about women's and girl's
Government to Make Honour Killing Distinct Offence
Times of India, 9 February 2010
Rattled by the spate of honour killings in northern states, the UPA
government is preparing a legislative route to amend Indian Penal Code
and provide a deterrent punishment against khap panchayats, which order
death penalty to young couples who marry defying caste barrier.
Vancouver Olympics Get an 'F' for Failing to Curb Sex Trafficking: Group
Canwest News Service, 9 February 2010
Vancouver Olympic Games organizers have received a failing grade for
their efforts to curb sex trafficking into the city, a think-tank
Violence Against Women is a Global Struggle
The Boston Globe, 6 February 2010
Eight years ago, Nasreen walked into the office of the Daily Khabrain
newspaper in Lahore, Pakistan, and demanded justice. She stripped off
her clothes, revealing a black and blue body covered with wounds and
cigarette burns. She'd been gang raped.
Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated
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