[Svrilist] SV in the News: 12 03 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 12 12:47:32 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.

Sexual Violence in the News:

Bosnia's Rape Victims Struggle On
The Morung Express, 12 March 2010
As his trial resumed, Radovan Karadzic denied committing war crimes at
Srebenica and Sarajevo. Yet almost 20 years after the war that destroyed
former Yugoslavia, those whose lives were wrecked by rape still hope
that their rapists will be tried and convicted

The Hidden Victims of Mexico's Femicide
ABC News, 10 March 2010
When Rubi Hernandez realised her 14-year-old daughter Iris was missing,
she did not wait the mandatory 72 hours before going to the police.

Trafficking Survivors Speak Out
IPS-Terraviva Beijing +15, 10 March 2010
Maria Suarez was 15 years old when she crossed the Mexican border and
entered the United States legally to live with her sister in the states.
A few months later, she was a slave.

Litany of Failures that let Father Rape his Daughters for Years
The Guardian, 10 March 2010
A series of failures by child protection professionals were detailed
today in a withering report that described how a father was allowed to
continually rape and abuse two of his daughters over a 35-year period.

Haiti: Women at Risk in the Camps 
IRIN News, 9 March 2010
Many women at the Jean-Marie Vincent site for displaced people in
Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince wash themselves inside their makeshift
tents because the only alternative is to do so out in the open. 

Women Blast Balakrishnan Remarks on Rape Victims 
India Today, 9 March 2010
Lawyers and women's rights activists have expressed strong reservations
over the Chief Justice of India's comment that society must respect the
wishes of a rape victim if she chooses to marry the rapist.

"Famine Marriages" Just One Byproduct of Climate Change
IPS-Terraviva Beijing +15, 9 March 2010
These "famine marriages" - as they are called - not only lead to girls
dropping out of school, but also make them vulnerable to sexually
transmitted infections and related reproductive complications.

Afghanistan: Women's Rights Trampled Despite New Law 
IRIN News, 8 March 2010
As the world marks International Women's Day, ambivalence, impunity,
weak law enforcement and corruption continue to undermine women's rights
in Afghanistan, despite a July 2009 law banning violence against women,
rights activists say.

Rape Victims Worldwide Denied Justice and Dignity
Amnesty International, 8 March 2010
Victims of rape and sexual violence worldwide are denied access to
justice due to gender discrimination and assumptions about the sexual
behaviour of victims of rape.

Outrage at Rape of Paramedic 
Times Live, 8 March 2010
The horrific rape of a paramedic who was treating a toddler for burn
wounds has outraged residents of Durban Deep, west of Johannesburg.

Egypt: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Still Widespread, Says World
Health Organisation-Funded Study
IRIN News, 8 March 2010
"It is a day I don't want to remember. Whenever it comes to my mind, it
sends shivers down my spine," said Aya Abdel Aati, aged 17, recalling
the painful experience of her circumcision at the age of 12. 

Gender Violence Blocks Development Targets: Report
Women's eNews, 8 March 2010
Although violence against women affects countries that are both rich and
poor, and women of different backgrounds, violence blocks progress in
every major development target.

Cambodia's Government Must Protect Victims of Sexual Violence as Reports
of Rape Increase
Amnesty International, 8 March 2010
Survivors of rape in Cambodia  face limited access to justice, medical
services and counselling, Amnesty International said in a report issued
on Monday, as rapes of women and girls appear to be increasing.

Engine Cranks Up to End Violence
IPS-Terraviva Beijing +15, 7 March 2010
The Global Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls is an
initiative of UNIFEM, bringing together the valuable contributions of
expert organisations and individuals, governments, United Nations sister
agencies, and other actors.

Sierra Leone Forum Condemns Violence against Young Girls
United Nations Development Programme, 5 March 2010
Following an alarming spate of rapes in Sierra Leone in the first 3
months of 2010, a Civil Society Organizations-UNDP forum has called for
a vigorous response to stop human rights violations and criminal acts
against young girls.

Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Recognising Trauma
to Rebuild One's Life
International Committee of the Red Cross, 4 March 2010
All around the world, thousands of women suffer sexual violence every
year. On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), two
Congolese women talk about their suffering and about the hope and
strength that enable them to move on.

Rape Trial Aborted as Judge Goes on Holiday
New Zealand Herald, 27 February 2010
A rape complainant will be forced to give evidence twice after the trial
of her alleged attacker was aborted because the judge went on an
overseas holiday.

Pediatrician Charged with Multiple Child Rapes
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2010
A Delaware paediatrician has been charged with multiple acts of child
rape and abuse over the course of more than a decade in what may be the
worst paedophilia case in US history.

The Warlord's Tune: Afghanistan's War on Children
ABC News, 22 February 2010
Sexual slavery involving boys as young as 10 is being condoned and in
many cases protected by authorities in northern Afghanistan.

Confronting Violence Against Women -- What Has Worked Well - and Why
United Nations Chronicle
How have women confronted the scourge of gender-based violence? What has
worked well and why, and how can their efforts be supported and scaled


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

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