[Svrilist] SV in the News: 23 01 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jan 22 10:03:38 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:

Rape Threat Dismissed as 'Opinion' 
Independent Online, 21 January 2010
Zambia's ruling party on Wednesday said threats by its youth league leader to gang-rape an opposition female politician were "opinion" and not policy, but stopped short of condemning the remarks.

Children of Child Brides More Susceptible to Malnutrition, Study Finds 
SOS Children's Villages Canada, 21 January 2010
A recent study by a Boston University professor found that children born to mothers who were married and gave birth before they were 18 are more likely to be malnourished.

Two Studies Explore The Consequences Of Not Reporting Sexual Abuse
Medical News Today, 21 January 2010 
Half of sexual abuse survivors wait up to five years before disclosing they were victimized, according to a collaborative study from the Université de Montréal, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and the Universite de Sherbrooke.

Women's Rights in 2009: Some Steps Back, Some Steps Forward
AWID, 21 January 2010
2009 was a year of losses and gains for women's rights. Campaigns for gender equality experienced some setbacks in certain parts of the world - or on a given issue - and gains in others.

More than 34,000 Children Taken Out of Abusive Homes 
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 January 2010 
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found more than 34,000 children were taken from their parents and placed in out-of-home care in 2008-09, an increase of 9 per cent on the year before.

Sex Abuse Exams Violate Jakarta Street Kids' Rights: Commission
Jakarta Globe, 21 January 2010
The Jakarta city administration said on Wednesday that it would join a police initiative to round up street children and physically examine their anuses for evidence of sexual abuse, a move that the country's leading nongovernmental child-rights organization opposes as abuse. 

Peru: Victims of Military Rapists Wait for Justice 25 Years On
Inter Press Service News Agency, 20 January 2010
"I want justice. That will be a kind of peace," says Micaela, a 40-year-old woman from the Andean region of Peru who is a survivor of the sexual violence prevalent during the 1980-2000 civil war. 

Metropolitan Chief Asks Independent Police Complaints Commission to be Sure of Findings into Worboys Case
The Guardian, 20 January 2010
Commissioner angry after hearing allegations of officers laughing at rape victim and wants watchdog to be satisfied with report.

Pope Summons Irish Bishops to Rome over Sex Abuse Scandal
Times Online, 20 January 2010
Pope Benedict XVI has summoned the Irish bishops to Rome to discuss Ireland's clerical abuse scandal. The bishops will meet the Pope on February 15 and 16, The Irish Catholic newspaper reports this morning.

Zimbabweans' Perilous Journey 
Al Jazeera News (Video), 20 January 2010
Every month, thousands of economic migrants flee Zimbabwe and cross the border into South Africa in search of a better life. However, many become victims of rapists and robbers waiting on the border. 

Syrian Jailed 14 Years for 'Honour Killing' of Cousin
Toronto Star, 19 January 2010
A Syrian man was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a German court Tuesday for participating in the so-called "honour killing" of his cousin.

Mauritania Fatwa Bans Female Genital Mutilation
BBC News, 18 January 2010
Thirty four Islamic scholars in Mauritania have signed a fatwa, or religious opinion, banning the practice of female genital mutilation.

Danger Grows for Haitian Girls Amid Chaos
The Star.com, 16 January 2010
Long before the earthquake struck, long before the schools where they could be safe crumbled, girls and young women were the most vulnerable in Haiti.

Bipolar Diagnosis Jumps in Young Children: Study 
Reuters, 15 January 2010
The psychiatric diagnosis of very young children is anything but an exact science, such disparate causes as ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, and family dysfunction can produce very similar symptoms in a toddler. 

US: Los Angeles Backtracks on Promise to Deliver Justice to Rape Victims 
Human Rights Watch, 15 January 2010
The announcement today by city leaders that new crime lab positions approved in this year's budget will not be funded makes it impossible for the Los Angeles Police Department to eliminate its backlog of untested DNA in rape cases.

Stag Parties 'Fuel Sex Trafficking'
BBC News, 14 January 2010
Prague, Amsterdam, Riga, Krakow, they have all become popular destinations for the British stag party industry. But some of the estimated £500m spent each year is also finding its way to criminal gangs trafficking women for the sex trade.

Sentenced to Abuse 
New York Times, 14 January 2010
The Justice Department needs to act swiftly and decisively to protect young people who are being battered and raped in juvenile corrections facilities all across the country. 

Majority of Street Children Face Sex Abuse in India: Study 
Times of India, 14 January 2010
In damning statistics, a government study has found that a vast majority of street children face sexual abuse in India, which is home to the world's largest number of destitute children.

Two United Kingdom Men Jailed for Albania Sex Abuse
Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2010
A court in Albania sentenced two British men to long prison sentences after they were convicted of abusing children at an orphanage.

More Central American Women being Killed, Cobourg Charity Says
Northumberland News, 3 January 2010
The rising number of women being murdered in Central America is highlighted in a recently released grim report, thanks to the support of a Northumberland charity.


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