[Svrilist] SV in the News: 15 01 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jan 15 09:23:10 SAST 2010


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:

Israel Raids Polygamist Compound 
New York Times, 14 January 2010
An Israeli who lived openly with at least 17 women and fathered dozens
of children was ordered into court on Thursday on suspicion of
enslavement, sexual abuse and possible rape.

Sydney Nightclub Rape Cases: Bail Refused
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2010
A man charged with raping two women in Sydney nightclub toilets has been
refused bail after a magistrate found there were "striking similarities"
in the two cases.

Human Trafficking in Mexico Targets Women and Children
CNN International, 13 January 2010
Even before her 18th birthday, Maria had already been enslaved by a gang
of human traffickers and held in captivity for four months in her
homeland of Mexico.

Women Seek Compensation from Rapist
Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2010
Two women are seeking criminal compensation from Brisbane's bikeway
rapist. Luke James Colless was jailed for 25 years in August last year
for a string of violent assaults on women on Brisbane bikeways.

Abuse of Power
Newsweek, 13 January 2010
An increase in male-on-male sexual harassment shows larger truths about
abuse in the workplace. By exposing the men to taunts, suggestive
simulations, and lewd comments, the men perpetrating the harassment are
seeking to embarrass and target the male victims.

Chadian Rebels Attack, Rape Darfuris - Residents 
Reuters Alertnet, 11 January 2010
Chadian rebels are raping, beating and looting villagers in western
Sudan's North Darfur region, residents said on Monday.

Woman Arrested for Sex Outside Marriage after Rape Complaint Pins Hopes
on Hasty Wedding
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 January 2010
A British woman arrested in Dubai for sex outside marriage after making
a rape complaint hopes a hasty wedding to her fiance will result in her
being freed, British papers say.

Canada Report Highlights Afghan Rape, Immolation
Reuters, 8 January 2010
Rape occurs all too often in Afghanistan and is under-reported, but more
victims are agreeing to report the incidents, a Canadian government
report on Afghan human rights has concluded.

United States: 1 in 10 Children in Juvenile Facilities Report Sexual
Abuse by Staff 
Human Rights Watch, 7 January 2010
New government data suggesting high levels of sexual abuse of confined
youth in the United States should galvanize the Department of Justice to
swiftly issue national standards to end prison rape, Human Rights Watch
said today.

Mom in Jail after Girl's Rape 
Independent Online, 7 January 2010
Within hours of an 11-year-old girl's rape, allegedly by her brother,
the child's mother was arrested for child neglect.

A Fight for Rape Survivors
The Guardian, 6 January 2010
For women who have suffered the trauma of sexual violence, emotional
support can offer a lifeline. So why, asks Annie Kelly, are rape crisis
centres struggling to stay open?

Chad: Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in Refugee Camps
IRIN News, 6 January 2010
The UN Refugee Agency in Chad is identifying pregnant women in refugee
camps who have had their genitalia cut, in order to better prepare for
potential complications, according to UNHCR and its medical partners.

Reports Of Sexual Abuse In Military Increase As Women Take Larger Roles
In Combat Zones
Medical News Today, 5 January 2010
The number of reported sexual abuse cases in the military is increasing,
yet several reports suggest that women lack the resources to cope with
their ordeals and are often pressured not to report the crimes

One Girl's Stand against Early Marriage in India
Unicef, 4 January 2010
Arfa and her friend Saima attend the National Child Labour Project
school run by the Government's Labour Department. The school's mission
is to improve the lives of working children by enrolling them in school
and restoring their basic rights.

New Zealand: Decision Denies Access to Sex Offender Treatment
Scoop Independent News, 30 December 2009
The Department of Corrections decision to employ its own clinical
psychologist in Nelson, forcing the Nelson Sex Offenders Programme to
close, flies in the face of government's recent announcement about
tackling justice sector fragmentation.

Europe Waking up to Honour Killings after Turkish Kurd Jailed in United
The National, 28 December 2009
Police and religious communities across Europe are mounting new
offensives against "honour killings". The moves follow a string of
high-profile cases across the continent when family members have been
successfully prosecuted for killing young daughters and other relatives.

Bishops Quit after Irish Sex Probe 
Al Jazeera News, 26 December 2009
Two Irish bishops have offered their resignation to Pope Benedict, after
a government investigation highlighted a cover-up of child sex abuse by
priests in Ireland over decades.

Nepal: Witch Tag Only on Dalits, Minorities
Inter Press Service News Agency, 23 December 2009
Just 40 kms away from the capital Kathmandu, a local Dalit woman, was
mercilessly beaten up. She was accused of being a 'witch', imprisoned in
a shed and forced to eat her own excreta.

Japan: Privacy Invaded in Sex Crime Trial
Inter Press Service News Agency, 23 December 2009
Japan's first sex crime trial under the new lay judge system finished in
September amid large-scale media attention that troubled the female

Yemen Still Wedded to Child Marriages
Washington Times, 24 December 2009
Thirteen-year-old Sally al-Sabahi stood outside the courthouse earlier
this month fiddling with her smudged, half-polished nails. She was
hoping to get a divorce, but her husband did not show up.

Website to Tackle Honour Violence 
BBC News, 20 December 2009
Victims of forced marriage or honour violence can now turn to online
counsellors for help.

The Comprehensive Strategy on Combating Sexual Violence in the
Democratic Republic of Congo
United Nations Organization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo 
In response to UNSC Res 1794 MONUC and UN agencies, with the support of
UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Comprehensive
Strategy on Combating Sexual Violence was developed.

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

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