[Svrilist] SV in the News: 04 06 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jun 4 13:01:55 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:

Why is There so Much Movie Violence against Women?
The Guardian, 3 June 2010
The rising tide of sadistic movie violence against women has reached a climax with The Killer Inside Me - but it's far from the only guilty party

Migrant Woman Sold for Rs 40,000 by Brother-in-Law
Times of India, 4 June 2010
A migrant woman, who was married to a Haryanvi youth last October, has accused her brother-in-law and his wife of selling her off to a Panipat resident for Rs 40,000.

For 5th Year, Child Sex Abuse Bill Dies in Legislature
New York Times, 2 June 2010
For four years, advocates for sexually abused children had fought a battle in the New York Legislature to open a legal window that would allow victims to file lawsuits against predators long after the statute of limitations had expired. 

New Saudi Marriage Contracts to Ask the Bride's Age
BCC News, 2 June 2010
Saudi Arabia has started issuing new marriage contracts that require the age of the bride to be given, in an attempt to stop underage girls from marrying.

'Brothers for Life' Media Campaign to Raise HIV Awareness in South Africa
UNICEF, 2 June 2010
The campaign seeks to reinforce positive behaviour and asks men to stand up and take action to prevent HIV and AIDS. It also tackles gender-based violence and helps men improve their own health - and, by extension, the health of their families and communities.

2 Months after Death, Letter Blows Lid off Uttar Pradesh Honour Killing
Times of India, 2 June 2010
Nearly two months after the alleged murder of an 18-year-old girl in Baghpat district of western Uttar Pradesh, police have found that it was in fact a case of honour killing.

'I want to Empower Gang-Affected Women and Girls From Around the World'
The Guardian, 2 June 2010
Carlene Firmin caused a bit of a stir this year when she said that rape was being used "as a weapon of choice". 

Anti-Violence Campaign Targets 'Abusive' Attitudes
BBC News, 1 June 2010
A campaign across Wales to combat violence against women is challenging men to abandon any "demeaning" attitudes they hold.

Police Restructuring 'a Failure' 
Times Live, 1 June 2010
The closing of specialised police units had led to low staff morale and the departure of highly trained specialist policemen - while incidents of robbery, housebreaking and sexual assault have continued rising.

Israel Faces Child-Abuse Claims
Al Jazeera News, 31 May 2010
An international children's rights charity has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse in an effort to extract confessions from them.

In-Brief: Gang Rapes on the Rise in Kenya
IRIN News, 31 May 2010
Most cases of gender-based violence reported to the Nairobi Gender Violence Recovery Centre between April 2009 and March 2010 occurred in the capital's city centre, according to the centre's annual report, which also recorded an increase in gang rapes.

Pope Names Team to Investigate Abuse in Ireland
New York Times, 31 May 2010
In one of his most concrete actions since a sexual abuse scandal began sweeping the Roman Catholic Church in Europe, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday appointed a high-profile team of prelates, including the archbishop of New York, to investigate Irish dioceses and seminaries. 

Cote D'ivoire: Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting
IRIN News, 31 May 2010
Progress on a "Zero Tolerance" national campaign in Côte d'Ivoire to eliminate female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) by the end of 2010, has been slowed down by health and education infrastructure, aid groups said.

Equality Now Welcomes Decision by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to Withdraw its 2010 Policy Statement on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that Endorsed Pediatricans' "Nicking" of Girls' Genitalia
Equality Now, 27 May 2010
The new policy statement essentially promoted Type IV FGM, as categorized by the World Health Organization, and suggested that federal and state laws might be more effective if they "enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a 'ritual nick'."

United Nations Launches Campaign for Universal Ban on Sale and Prostitution of Children
Xinhua, 26 May 2010
The United Nations on Tuesday launched a major campaign for universal adoption of treaty protocols that outlaw the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, and protect youngsters in armed conflict, with UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon calling for full ratification by 2012.


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