[Svrilist] SV in the News: 07 05 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri May 7 10:22:33 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:

In Rapidly Modernizing India, Caste Fatally Lurks
Reuters, 7 May 2010
There is evidence murders to restore "honor" are rising, activists say, a conservative backlash from elder males to assert their power against choices made by young people emboldened by education and growing economic opportunities.

Cardinal Has a Mixed Record on Sexual Abuse Cases
New York Times, 5 May 2010
In January 2006, Cardinal William J. Levada, the highest ranking American official in the Vatican, slipped into a San Francisco office building, sidestepping a gaggle of media lying in wait. On leave from Rome, he was submitting to a day of questioning before a flotilla of plaintiffs' lawyers.

Abu Dhabi Court Jails Syrian Prostitute Ring Leader 
BBC News, 5 May 2010
The ringleader of a Syrian prostitute-smuggling ring in the United Arab Emirates has been jailed for life. An Abu Dhabi court found the man, identified by his initials SS, guilty of luring women to the UAE from Morocco and forcing them to work in brothels.

Man Acquitted in Skinny-Jean Rape Case Loses Bid for Costs 
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2010
The controversial case caused a furore among victims' groups and bloggers worldwide after one member of the jury wrote a note to the judge doubting whether skinny jeans ''can be removed without any sort of collaboration''.

Guru 'Heals' Woman During Assault in Park 
BBC News, 5 May 2010
A self-styled guru accused of being a serial rapist told one woman she needed to be healed as he assaulted her, a court has heard.

Lesbian Soccer Players Fight for Their Rights
Independent Online, 5 May 2010
Down the road from a constitutional court that is charged with upholding gay rights, South Africa's only lesbian soccer team fight not just for the ball but to overturn brutal prejudice and discrimination.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Epigenetic Changes in Immune Function Genes
Medscape Today, 4 May 2010
Individuals who experience traumatic events leading to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) demonstrate altered DNA methylation levels - especially in genes related to immune function.

Angola Police Threaten Media Over Officer's Rape Arrest
BBC News, 4 May 2010
Police in Angola have threatened legal action against local media after the case of a senior police officer charged with rape was made public.

African Countries Call for UN Ban on Female Genital Mutilation 
Radio France International, 4 May 2010
Lawmakers from 27 African countries ended a two-day conference in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Tuesday, where they pushed for a United Nations ban on female genital mutilation, or FGM.

Egypt: Anti-trafficking Law "Not Sufficient" 
IRIN News, 4 May 2010
In the dock stood her parents, a lawyer and a broker, a woman who earned a living marrying underage Egyptian girls to wealthy old men from the Gulf.

First Rape Crisis Centers Set to Open in Istanbul
Hűrriyet Daily News and Economic Review, 4 May 2010
Three crisis centers for victims of rape and sexual assault will be opened in Istanbul to assist the small percentage of people who actually report a sexual assault and to encourage other victims to come forward.

Sexual Abuse Survivors to Challenge Accident Compensation Corporation Changes 
New Zealand Herald, 3 May 2010
A group of sexual abuse survivors plan to send Accident Compensation Minister Nick Smith a strong message this week through a silent protest over changes to subsidised counselling which they say are putting lives at risk.

A Step Backwards for Women's Rights
Independent Online, 2 May 2010
An African women's lobby group, Forward, has condemned the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) for taking a soft stance on female genital mutilations. 

Iceland Wakes Up to Trafficking for Sex Work
Inter Press Service News Agency
It took the conviction of five Lithuanian men in March, on charges of bringing a 19-year-old girl into Iceland for sex work, before this country truly woke up to the reality of trafficking.

10-Year-Old's Pregnancy Fuels Mexican Abortion Debate
CNN International, 20 April 2010
A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country's heated abortion debate.

New Report Shows Shocking Pattern of Rape in Eastern Congo
Oxfam International, 15 April 2010
Survey reveals that sixty percent of rape victims gang raped, more than half in their own homes, appalling increase in number of civilian rapists.


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

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