[Svrilist] SV in the News: 19 03 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 19 13:10:19 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:

Pope Writes to Irish Catholics over Abuse 
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March 2010
Pope Benedict, facing a burgeoning crisis and criticism over child abuse scandals inside the Catholic Church, is to write to the Irish people to plead for ''healing and renewal''.

Research Reveals Roads to Recovery from Sexual Abuse
The Armidale Express, 19 March 2010
By taking a novel approach to the subject of child sexual abuse, a researcher at the University of New England has revealed some of the inner sources of resilience that can enable adults to recover from such childhood experiences.

Facebook Considers 'Panic Button' After United Kingdom Outcry
Bloomberg Business Week, 18 March 2010
Social networking giant Facebook said Thursday that it was considering whether to add a "panic button" to a sections of its British Web site following a tabloid outcry sparked by the kidnap, rape and murder of a teenager by a man she encountered on the popular online meeting place.

One in Seven Female Students Attacked, Survey Finds 
BBC News, 18 March 2010
One in seven female students has been the victim of a serious sexual or physical assault, a study suggests.

Malaysian Minister Rejects Child Marriage Reform
AFP, 17 March 2010
Malaysia's religion minister on Tuesday defended Islamic laws that allow girls under 16 to marry, amid a controversy over two youngsters who were married off to middle-aged men.

Justice Elusive for Rape Victims
Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 17 March 2010
Lawyers from Darfur say antiquated laws and weak investigations make it virtually impossible for rape victims to get justice in Sudan.

Pentagon: Sexual Assault Reporting Up Among Troops 
CNN International, 17 March 2010
Reports of sexual assaults among U.S. military service members rose 11 percent last year, according to a study released by the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Femicide in Juárez, México 
Examiner, 17 March 2010
A vicious drug war has been sweeping across the United States/México border area over the past two to three years leaving many citizens of either country frightened for their lives.

African National Congress Youth Leader Guilty of 'Hate Speech' After Rape Jibe
The Independent, 16 March 2010
A controversial South African youth leader has been convicted of "hate speech" for claiming that a woman who four years ago accused the future President, Jacob Zuma, of rape had "a nice time".

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Why Violence Against Women is Widespread
IRIN News, 16 March 2010
Nahla*, aged 30, from Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, said she was physically and mentally abused for more than 10 years by her husband before being granted a divorce three months ago.

South Africa to Fast-Track Human Trafficking Law
Reuters Africa, 16 March 2010
South Africa is to fast-track a comprehensive new law against human trafficking before the start of the soccer World Cup, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.

Rape report: 'If the Police Can't Protect You... Who Can?' 
BBC News, 15 March 2010
The care and support of rape victims should be given greater priority, according to a review of how cases are handled. One young woman's experience of the system shows there is much still to be done.

Nigeria: Trafficking Convictions Up But Progress Slow
IRIN News, 15 March 2010
Interceptions and convictions of human traffickers and smugglers have risen year-on-year in Nigeria since the government passed legislation to ban the trade in 2005, but the volume of trafficking is still high and progress on convictions needs to speed up, say government officials.

Depression Linked to Gender Stereotypes, Violence 
Gender and Media Diversity Centre, 15 March 2010
Cases of anxiety and depression, two leading mental health illnesses, are on the rise among women in some African countries, thanks to the current difficulties in the economy, gender roles and violence.

'Super Agency' Stirs Buzz at United Nations Women's Session
Women's eNews, 11 March 2010
Buzz is building behind the scenes at the current U.N. Commission on the Status of Women to push ahead the launch of the women's U.N. super agency, thought to have been stalled since it was approved last September.

Male Batterers Consistently Overestimate General Rates Of Violence Toward Partners
Medical News Today, 10 March 2010
Men who engaged in domestic violence consistently overestimated how common such behavior is, and the more they overestimated it the more they engaged in abusing their partner.

Understanding the Relationship Between Prevention and Intervention Strategies to Stop Sexual Violence
Expert's Corner, StopVAW, March 2010
In reality there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sexual violence because the crimes themselves are as varied as the perpetrators who commit them.

Audio File: Congolese Women Left Destitute in Gulu Slums
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, March 2010
This report looks at the hopes dashed for many Congolese women who followed Ugandan soldiers to the region ten years ago (download mp3 file to listen).

Myths and Facts about Trafficking for Legal and Illegal Prostitution
Prostitution Research and Eduction, March 2009
A brief overview of myths and facts about trafficking and prostitution. http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/Myths%20&%20Facts%20Legal%20&%20Illegal%20ProstitutionMelissaFarley3-09.pdf


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