[Svrilist] SV in the News: 18 06 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jun 18 12:31:13 SAST 2010


Dear SVRI List Members

Please note that there will be no postings of the SVRI Update and SV in the News in the week of 21 - 25 June 2010. We will resume with the SVRI postings on the 29th of June. Thank you and we appreciate your continuing support of the SVRI!

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:

To be Healed, Brutalised Congolese Need to See Justice Being Done
Mail and Guardian, 18 June 2010
Three years ago, while Jolie Muhindo was returning from taking her exams in a city several hours away from her village, she was raped by the commander of an armed group.

Sexual Assault Increases Risk for Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Psych Central, 17 June 2010
New research from the University of Ulster's Psychological Research Institute suggests that sexual trauma can play a role in the development of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, even up to 10 years after the original event.

Aid Arrives to Help Kyrgyzstan Refugees as Stories of Rape, Torture Emerge
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 17 June 2010
International humanitarian aid is reaching people affected by ethnic violence that has driven an estimated 400,000 people out of their homes in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Male Violence Ups HIV Risk for Women 
MedPage Today, 17 June 2010
Having a male partner who is violent increases the risk of acquiring HIV for women in rural South Africa, researchers reported. 

Kenya Police Abusing Somali Refugees: Report 
AFP, 17 June 2010
Somali asylum seekers fleeing their war-torn country are routinely raped, beaten, detained and blackmailed by Kenyan police when crossing the border, said a report published Thursday.

Extending the Reach of Safe Abortion 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 17 June 2010
By 5:00 AM, dozens of women are already lined up outside of this clinic in the Mexican capital. Most come with their mothers, sisters, husbands, friends or boyfriends. A few show up alone.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Celebrates a Decade of Service
PR News Wire, 17 June 2010
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center was established in 2000 as the nation's first resource center devoted exclusively to sexual violence. For the past decade, the NSVRC has collaborated with sexual assault coalitions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several community-based and national-allied projects to prevent sexual violence. 

Rapist Struck again after Release
BBC News, 17 June 2010
A convicted sex offender has been returned to prison after raping a woman in his own flat. John Daly, 23, attacked the 26-year-old in April this year - just months after being freed early from jail for raping a 17-year-old girl in 2005.

Kurdistan is Urged to Ban Genital Cutting 
New York Times, 16 June 2010
Human Rights Watch urged Kurdistan's government on Wednesday to ban genital cutting of women and girls, a practice the organization said is widespread and dangerous there, but which they said Kurdish officials had failed to move aggressively to stop. 

Breaking the Silence on the Sexual Abuse of Children 
Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review, 16 June 2010
One child out of five in Europe is thought to have been a victim of sexual violence, a violence that comes in many forms but in most cases is not inevitable. 

Senegal: Silence Endangers Girls
IRIN News, 14 June 2010
Girls' safety hinges on families' willingness to speak out about sexual violence, researchers in Senegal's southern Casamance region said at the release of a study that reveals widespread violence against girls aged 10 to 13.

United States Human Trafficking Report Includes United States Cases for First Time
CNN International, 14 June 2010
The U.S. government's annual worldwide human trafficking report, released Monday, for the first time includes an assessment of trafficking in the United States.

In Juárez, Years of Seeking Justice for Murdered Women
Inter Press Service News Agency, 11 June 2010
"Sometimes I'm cheerful, but other times I see no reason for working in the community or even for life," said Paula Flores, who has become the symbol of the fight for justice for the hundreds of women who have been murdered or disappeared in this northern Mexican border city.

Burkina Faso: Young Girls at Risk as They Join Exodus to Cities
IRIN News, 4 June 2010
Migration in search of work has long been common in Sourou Province, northern Burkina Faso, but the trend is increasingly for younger girls to join the exodus, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the NGO Terre des hommes (Tdh). 

Police Save Sydney Girl from Forced Marriage
ABC News, 3 June 2010
A 17-year-old Sydney girl has saved herself from being forced to go to Lebanon for an arranged marriage by calling the Australian Federal Police.



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

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