[Svrilist] SV in the News: 14 05 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri May 14 12:45:47 SAST 2010


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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 <mailto: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:

Pilot Rape Scheme Bringing More to Justice 
Sky News, 14 May 2010
Bristol's appalling conviction rate for rape has been turned around by a new police scheme that aims to bring more sex attackers to justice.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Bristol-Area-Specialist-Rape-Unit-Operation-Bluestone-Tackling-Poor-Conviction-Rate-In-Bristol-Area/Article/201005215631625?lpos=UK_News_Top_Stories_Header_3&lid=ARTICLE_15631625_Bristol_Area_Specialist_Rape_Unit_Operation_Bluestone_Tackling_Poor_Conviction_Rate_In_Bristol_Area <http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Bristol-Area-Specialist-Rape-Unit-Operation-Bluestone-Tackling-Poor-Conviction-Rate-In-Bristol-Area/Article/201005215631625?lpos=UK_News_Top_Stories_Header_3&lid=ARTICLE_15631625_Bristol_Area_Specialist_Rape_Unit_Operation_Bluestone_Tackling_Poor_Conviction_Rate_In_Bristol_Area> 

Law on Child Abuse to be Tightened 
Helsinki Times, 14 May 2010
Proposals by a Ministry of Justice working group would see sexual abuse of children result in longer prison sentences.
http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/htimes/domestic-news/general/11041-law-on-child-abuse-to-be-tightened-.html <http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/htimes/domestic-news/general/11041-law-on-child-abuse-to-be-tightened-.html> 

United States Lawmakers Pass Legislation to End Lord's Resistance Army Rebels Atrocities 
Sudan Tribune, 14 May 2010
Lawmakers in the United States Congress passed a bill calling on the White house to develop a vigorous policy to end atrocities committed by the Ugandan rebels in Congo Central Africa and Southern Sudan.
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article35064 <http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article35064> 

South Africa Prison Rape Rampant
iAfrica.com, 13 May 2010
The Correctional Services Department has admitted it can't crackdown on sexual violence in South African prisons.
http://news.iafrica.com/sa/2412403.htm <http://news.iafrica.com/sa/2412403.htm> 

Support Fading for Government's Internet Filter
ABC News, 13 May 2010
Support for the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet filtering program is waning, with a study revealing that fewer people back the move.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/12/2897761.htm?section=justin <http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/12/2897761.htm?section=justin> 

My Daddy Hit Her Again 
Havana Times, 13 May 2010
The province of Guantanamo has seen an alarming increase in the number of women murdered, notwithstanding the work of institutional prevention efforts, education and social services providers.  
http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=24049 <http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=24049> 

A Loud and Clear No to Violence Against Women
Inter Press Service News Agency, 12 May 2010
Poet activist Myesha Jenkins' voice reverberated through the hall: "Women are out in the night; we are cleaning the streets, some are walking the streets..."
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51410 <http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51410> 

The Lives of Survival Migrants and Refugees in South Africa
Médecins Sans Frontières, 12 May 2010
Sexual and gender-based violence has been occurring consistently along the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa for years now with virtually no coherent action by the relevant authorities. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/article.cfm?id=4465&cat=briefing-documents&ref=home-center-relatedlink <http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/article.cfm?id=4465&cat=briefing-documents&ref=home-center-relatedlink> 

Timor-Leste: New Law Aims to Fight Domestic Violence
IRIN News, 12 May 2010
On 3 May, Timor-Leste's Law Against Domestic Violence was passed by parliament eight years after it was first drafted.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89101 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89101> 

Zuma's Rape Accuser Speaks out
Independent Online, 12 May 2010
It has been four years since Jacob Zuma stepped out of the Johannesburg High Court acquitted on a rape charge, while his accuser left under police guard for life in exile.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3099&art_id=nw20100512070747919C846330 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3099&art_id=nw20100512070747919C846330> 

Known Child Abuse Cases are "Tip of Iceberg" 
Swissinfo, 10 May 2010
Around 785 children were abused last year in Switzerland according to the biggest statistical snapshot to date, but experts say the real number could be higher.
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Known_child_abuse_cases_are_tip_of_iceberg_.html?cid=8852478 <http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Known_child_abuse_cases_are_tip_of_iceberg_.html?cid=8852478> 

Group Backs Ritual 'Nick' as Female Circumcision Option
New York Times, 6 May 2010
In a controversial change to a longstanding policy concerning the practice of FGM/FGC in some African and Asian cultures, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or "nick" if it would keep their families from sending girls overseas for the full circumcision. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/health/policy/07cuts.html <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/health/policy/07cuts.html> 

Sex Slave Girls Face Cruel Justice in Iraq
CNN International, 5 May 2010
At one of Baghdad's two female juvenile prisons, the young Iraqi girls live in limbo, sadness and desperation permeating every aspect of their interrupted lives.
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/05/04/iraq.women.prisons/ <http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/05/04/iraq.women.prisons/> 

Pregnant Women Bear Brunt of Domestic Abuse
Daily Nation, 5 May 2010
Domestic violence during pregnancy includes physical, sexual or emotional cruelty such as threats passed on to pregnant women. 
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Pregnant%20women%20bear%20brunt%20of%20domestic%20abuse/-/1056/912486/-/e2pgj8/-/index.html <http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Pregnant%20women%20bear%20brunt%20of%20domestic%20abuse/-/1056/912486/-/e2pgj8/-/index.html> 

The Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management
Corrections Connection Network News, 3 May 2010
The dynamics of sexual victimization and sex offending are multifaceted. Responding effectively to sex offending requires involvement from a wide range of disciplines and agencies.
http://www.corrections.com/news/article/24360-the-comprehensive-approach-to-sex-offender-management <http://www.corrections.com/news/article/24360-the-comprehensive-approach-to-sex-offender-management> 

Gender Gap in Prescription Pain Drug Abuse
WebMD, 29 April 2010
For women, a history of sexual abuse was an issue in later misuse of prescription drugs. These results are in agreement with past research that highlighted the importance of sexual and physical abuse history in predicting opioid misuse.
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20100429/gender-gap-in-risk-of-rx-pain-drug-abuse <http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20100429/gender-gap-in-risk-of-rx-pain-drug-abuse> 


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