[Svrilist] SV in the News: 26 03 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 26 13:22:39 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:

War Crimes Amnesty Adds to Afghan Women's Grief 
Women's eNews, 26 March 2010
Afghanistan's amnesty for war criminals is not playing well in a therapy
theater group for Kabul women victimized by years of violence. 

Sexual Childhood Abuse Ups High-Risk Pregnancy Chances
Times of India, 26 March 2010
The study examined the possibility of sexual abuse experienced in
childhood triggering retraumatization during wanted pregnancy.  

Uganda: Bearing the Pains of Double Discrimination 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 25 March 2010
They endure stigma, discrimination, violence and extreme poverty, but
Ugandan women living with disabilities say the greatest challenge facing
them centres on their reproductive health.

Helping Tajikistan's Detained Children 
BBC News, 25 March 2010
In Tajikistan in Central Asia, children who are homeless or play truant
can be locked up in detention centres.

South Africa: Trafficking Bill Welcomed
Independent Online, 25 March 2010
Parliament's justice committee has welcomed the introduction of a new
Human Trafficking Bill, but wants the department of justice to brief it
on "operational plans" to ensure that human traffickers are prosecuted.

Rape Must Never Be Minimized as Part of Cultural Traditions, United
Nations Envoy Says
UN News Centre, 25 March 2010
Sexual violence during conflicts is all too often downplayed and treated
as part of local cultural traditions instead of being viewed as a war
crime, a senior United Nations official has warned.

Abuse Scandal's Ripples Spread Across Europe
New York Times, 24 March 2010
The fallout from the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church
settled across Europe on Wednesday.

Controversy Heightens Over Yemen Child Marriage Ban
AFP, 24 March 2010
Controversy over a law banning child marriage in impoverished Yemen has
recently intensified, with those for and against the law organising
demonstrations outside the parliament.

'Heal Africa' Treats Survivors of Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo
UNICEF, 23 March 2010
In the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNICEF is
working with Heal Africa, a local non-governmental organization, to
provide free health and psycho-social services to survivors of rape and
gender-based violence.

Shock as Figures Reveal Child Falls Victim to Sexual Predator Every Six
Hours in Scotland
Daily Record, 22 March 2010
At least one child every six hours falls victim to a sexual predator in
Scotland, a study has revealed. But experts fear the total is likely to
be far higher.

What is Date Rape? What is Drink Spiking?
Medical News Today, Editor's Choice, 22 March 2010
This article provides information on date rape, drink spiking, signs and
symptoms of drink spiking and how to avoid becoming a victim of this

Traumatic Events Leave Scars on Witnesses as Well as Victims 
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2010
Individuals and communities can be changed, sometimes in fundamental
ways, by the intimate violence of sexual assault or child abuse, or the
world-scale catastrophe of war or tsunami; by horror, atrocity, cruelty
and disaster.

For Better or Worse, 'Sister-Swapping' Persists 
Women's eNews, 22 March 2010
Berdel--also known as sister swapping and parallel weddings--is
dwindling but still practiced. One woman says the tribal custom, which
is controlled by a male elder, may have led to her wedding, but it's not
what she wants for her daughters.

India: Protective Laws Fall Short for Women Charged with Witchcraft
Women's News Network, 21 March 2010
Over the last fifteen years, an estimated 2,500 Indian women have been
killed because they were 'witches'.

Video: Stella Rotaru: Fighting Global Sex Trade 
AlJazeera News, 18 March 2010 
The film shows how and why women in Moldova are induced or forced into
being trafficked, and shows how Stella Rotaru from the International
Organization for Migration works to repatriate them and helps them
escape from their desperate plight.

Bahrain: Weak Laws Let Rapists off the Hook 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 16 March 2010
Cunning rapists in Bahrain can avoid victimising virgins so they could
escape the maximum penalty provided by law, and those who force
themselves on young girls can evade punishment by promising to marry
their victims.

Ethiopia: Traffickers Exploit World Cup Fever
IRIN News, 16 March 2010
Human traffickers and smugglers in Ethiopia have taken advantage of the
upcoming World Cup, duping victims into believing that South Africa has
created huge employment opportunities.

Jamaica: The Other Side of Paradise
Inter Press Service News Agency, 16 March 2010
It's just before midnight, and the music pulsates through the massive
speakers perched under the ceiling, scantily clad girls in their
five-inch heels moving closer to the iron poles.

Seeking Justice: Accountability for Sexual Violence
RH Reality Check, 8 March 2010
Rape in Zimbabwe, a country with one of the world's highest burdens of
HIV and a decimated medical infrastructure, is a death sentence for many
women there. 


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

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