[Svrilist] SV in the News: 26 02 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Feb 26 10:24:36 SAST 2010


Dear SVRI List Members

Online Discussion, 1 - 28 February 2010: Developing effective therapeutic and programming strategies for the care and support of male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. For more information and to participate in the discussion please visit www.svri.org or 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. 

Sexual Violence in the News:

Children 'Over-Exposed to Sexual Imagery' 
BBC News, 26 February 2010
Children are being increasingly exposed to sexual imagery and their parents have limited opportunities to stop it, a report for the Home Office warns.

Web-Based System Lets Police, Social Workers Share Data on Child Abuse
Los Angeles Times, 26 February 2010
Los Angeles County's district attorney calls the implementation a 'giant leap forward' and says the system, designed to prevent cases from falling through the cracks, is the first of its kind in the United States.

United Nation's Wallström Says Congo Will be Her First Stop
Women's eNews, 25 February 2010
Margot Wallström starts March 1 her two-year stint as special U.N. representative on ending conflict-zone sexual violence. She says she'll be going right away to the Congo, a global epicenter of mass rape.

Burma: For Sex Workers, a Life of Risks
Inter Press Service News Agency, 25 February 2010
When Aye Aye leaves her youngest son at home each night, she tells him that she has to work selling snacks.

'Date-Rape Drugs' are on the Rise, United Nations Warns 
BBC News, 24 February 2010
So-called date-rape drugs are on the rise, according to the United Nations drug control agency's annual report.

Deputy Minister Works to Curb Trafficking
Eyewitness News, 24 February 2010
Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday urged Southern African Development Community countries to step in and help eradicate cross border human trafficking.

Rape Case: Marriage Promise Puts Doc in Fix
Indian Express, 24 February 2010
A document in which the resident doctor had promised to marry the victim has now become the most important piece of evidence in the King Edward Memorial Hospital rape case.

Rape 'Now Gang Weapon of Choice' 
BBC Today, 24 February 2010
Young women are being exploited and subjected to sexual violence as a result of gang reprisals, according to a report.

Nicaragua's Abortion Ban is Inhumane and Backward
Politics Daily, 24 February 2010
In a move that ought to raise eyebrows even among pro-life groups, the Nicaraguan government is denying cancer treatment to a woman because she is pregnant.

Forgotten Migrants Receive United Kingdom Apology 
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2010
Former British child migrants sent to Australia and other parts of the Commonwealth have received the apology they've waited a lifetime for. But for many it was too late.

Campus Rape Victims: A Struggle For Justice
National Public Radio, 24 February 2010
A college campus isn't the first place that comes to mind in a discussion about violent crime. But research estimates that 1 out of 5 college women will be sexually assaulted.

Sexual Abuse of Children in Bali at `Alarming Level'
Jakarta Post, 24 February 2010
The number of cases of sexual abuse and violence against children in Bali has reached an alarming level, the child protection commission announced recently.

'Fast Track' Asylum System Fails Women 
Human Rights Watch, 23 February 2010
Women who fear severe human rights abuses if returned to their home countries are not getting fair consideration of their asylum claims under the United Kingdom's "detained fast track" asylum system.

Root out Child Trafficking with Prevention
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 23 February 2010
Over the past decade, the United States and many other governments have taken significant actions to combat human trafficking, but their approach is flawed.

French Ad Shocks, but Will it Stop Young Smokers?
New York Times, 23 February 2010
Florence Montreynaud, the president of La Meute des Chiennes de Garde, which opposes symbols of sexual violence in films and advertising, called the ads "unbearable" and said "what is most shocking is the banalization of sexual violence."

Afghan Boys Face Sexual Enslavement 
SOS Children's Villages, 22 February 2010
As the War on Terror continues in Afghanistan, the long-standing practice of bacha bazi continues to be a barrier to realizing child rights.

Yemen: "I'd Rather Die than Go Back to Him"
IRIN News, 21 February 2010
It was every little girl's dream - she was to get a new dress, jewellery, sweets and a party for all her friends.

Review: A New View of Child Sexual Abuse 
The Globe and Mail, 19 February 2010
A researcher who has been shunned for her views argues that it is the breaking of trust, not the physical act itself, that tortures the victims of pedophilia.

Senegal Sees Dramatic Escalation in Homophobic Persecution
Pambazuka News, 18 February 2010
While condemning new oppressive laws is important, it is just as important - and perhaps more pressing - to take measures to hold governments accountable for the daily violence and lifetimes of discrimination that LGBT people face. 

United Nations to Focus on Global Epidemic of Gender Abuse
Inter Press Service News Agency, 18 February 2010
According to the UN, more than 8,000 women were raped by warring factions in the DRC last year while over 3 million young girls are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation worldwide.


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 unsubscribe from the list, email svri at mrc.ac.za 

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