[Svrilist] SV in the News: 29 01 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jan 29 09:56:11 SAST 2010


Dear SVRI List Members

Invitation - SVRI Online Discussion: The SVRI would like to invite you to our online discussion on "Developing Effective Therapeutic and Programming Strategies for the Care and Support of Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence". The discussion will run from 1 - 28 February 2010. For more information on the event, please visit www.svri.org. To participate, 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 <mailto: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:

Haiti Insecurity Mounts as Survivor's Tale Amazes
AFP, 28 January 2010
Haiti's vulnerable quake victims faced rising insecurity with criminals raping women in camps and violence erupting during handouts of sparse foreign aid, officials warned. 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j01dnAX8lEIyRkxo7ssVgqEfsh4Q <http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j01dnAX8lEIyRkxo7ssVgqEfsh4Q> 

Sudan: Vulnerable Girls Risk Sexual Exploitation on Juba's Streets 
IRIN Plus News, 28 January 2010
In a large market in Juba, the regional capital of Southern Sudan, young women spend long afternoons lounging on beds in sweltering iron sheet rooms, waiting for men.
http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87900 <http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87900> 

Kenya: Documenting Sexual Violence 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 28 January 2010
The testimonies of women who survived sexual violence during post-election conflict in 2008 should be heard, say advocates. 
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50147 <http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50147> 

Sex Abuse Revelations Rock Elite Catholic School in Berlin 
The Local, 28 January 2010
The headmaster of an elite Jesuit high school in Berlin has sent a letter to former students asking them to come forward about systematic sexual abuse by priests there in the 1970s and 1980s. 
http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100128-24875.html <http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100128-24875.html> 

Goa Rape Case Draws Russian Rebuke
AFP, 28 January 2010
Russia expressed grave concern at repeated attacks on its nationals in the Indian resort state of Goa and slammed local authorities after a nine-year-old Russian girl was allegedly raped.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iFcwBUptJPc0fudCZEKVbo_OrG5A <http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iFcwBUptJPc0fudCZEKVbo_OrG5A> 

Ireland: Abortion Limits Violate Human Rights 
Human Rights Watch, 28 January 2010
The Irish government actively seeks to restrict access to abortion services and information both within Ireland and for its residents seeking care abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/01/28/ireland-abortion-limits-violate-human-rights <http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/01/28/ireland-abortion-limits-violate-human-rights> 

Pregnant Women in Burkina Faso Dying Because of Discrimination
Amnesty International, 27 January 2010
Most women in Burkina Faso are subordinate to the men in their lives with little or no control over key decisions such as when to seek medical care and the timing and spacing of their pregnancies in spite of having equal status under Burkinabe law. 
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/pregnant-women-burkina-faso-dying-because-discrimination-20100127 <http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/pregnant-women-burkina-faso-dying-because-discrimination-20100127> 

Kenya: Gung-ho grannies learn self-defence
IRIN News, 27 January 2010
Since the classes for senior citizens began in 2008, IWD has taught more than 1,000 women in five Nairobi slums to defend themselves, using community leaders to raise awareness about the service.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87888 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87888> 

Revisiting Abuse Study's Revelations About AIDS
The Swazi Observer, 27 January 2010
The first national survey to chart the scope of sexual and other types of violence perpetrated against women and girls proved an eye-opening with background on how HIV managed to spread so widely throughout our country.
http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=10688 <http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=10688> 

Men in Court for Rape, Torture
News24, 26 January 2010
Two men appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for the murder of a Free State teenager who was raped and had her eyes gouged out.
http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/25813667ec5a4122a3a1498775019c5d/26-01-2010-09-24/Men_in_court_for_rape,_torture <http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/25813667ec5a4122a3a1498775019c5d/26-01-2010-09-24/Men_in_court_for_rape,_torture> 

Violence and Democracy in Bolivia
Open Democracy, 26 January 2010
Dr Ana Maria Encina's election earlier this month as mayor of Santa Cruz is a sign that Bolivian women are not going to be deterred by the increasing levels of violence directed at them as they run for public office. 
http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/carolina-gottardo-maria-eugenia-rojas/violence-and-democracy-in-bolivia <http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/carolina-gottardo-maria-eugenia-rojas/violence-and-democracy-in-bolivia> 

Philippines: Early marriage Puts Girls at Risk
IRIN News, 26 January 2010
Nurina was 14 when she married Sid, who was 23. "We were close friends. He treated me like a younger sister," Nurina said. "People started to gossip and my family insisted that we be married to avoid tarnishing my reputation." 
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87873 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87873> 

Girl, 10, Raped And Hanged 
Independent Online, 26 January 2010
A ten-year-old girl was raped then hanged during a robbery at her home, the High Court in Madadeni (Newcastle) heard on Tuesday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20100126161244978C218500 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20100126161244978C218500> 

Coerced Reproduction
Newsweek, 26 January 2010
Overall, rates of reproductive coercion among family-planning-clinic patients are surprisingly high: about one in five women report their partner having attempted to coerce them into pregnancy.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/232542 <http://www.newsweek.com/id/232542> 

Yemen: Child trafficking to Saudi Arabia Down in 2009 
IRIN News, 25 January 2010
Fewer Yemeni children were trafficked to Saudi Arabia in 2009 than in recent years, according to a Yemeni Ministry of Social Affairs official.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87859 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87859> 

More Than 1,000 Child Abuse Crimes Reported in a Year
BBC News, 25 January 2010
More than 1,000 sex crimes against children were recorded by police in Northern Ireland last year, accounting for more than half of all reported sex offences.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8477529.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8477529.stm> 

Rajasthan Moves to Register Child Marriages
Times of India, 23 January 2010
The Rajasthan government's decision to register all marriages, including child marriages, has stirred a huge controversy. The NGOs are protesting against this saying it would promote child marriages. 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajasthan-moves-to-register-child-marriages/articleshow/5490483.cms <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajasthan-moves-to-register-child-marriages/articleshow/5490483.cms> 

South Africa: A Day in the Life of a Sex Worker
IRIN News, 22 January 2010
In the street below the brightly lit windows of multinational corporate headquarters and exclusive townhouses in Illovo, an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg, the trees cast dark shadows where some of the most vulnerable young women in South Africa do one of the riskiest jobs in the world. 
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87844 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87844> 

Ciudad Juárez: Finally, Steps Towards Justice
AWID, 18 December 2009
Violence, including human rights violations, has been increasing in Mexico, and women's rights have suffered blow after blow, but 2009 ended with steps towards justice.
http://www.awid.org/eng/Issues-and-Analysis/Library/Ciudad-Juarez-Finally-Steps-Towards-Justice/%28language%29/eng-GB <http://www.awid.org/eng/Issues-and-Analysis/Library/Ciudad-Juarez-Finally-Steps-Towards-Justice/%28language%29/eng-GB> 


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