[Svrilist] SV in the News: 21 05 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri May 21 09:44:16 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:

Women in Sport Hit the Grass Ceiling 
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 2010
Gender stereotypes pervade all levels of sport and these are created and
reinforced through the different ways that men and women are able - or
even permitted - to participate in sport. This difference creates a
profound power imbalance that lies at the heart of all forms of
discrimination against women, including violence.

West and Central Africa: Ending the Silence 
IRIN News, 20 May 2010
Bullying, sexual violence and corporal punishment are still rife in West
and Central African schools, according to an 18 May report which calls
on governments to harmonize laws on child protection and education, and
impose stricter standards on schools to reduce violence.

Chinese Girls Freed from Basement Chains 
BBC News, 20 May 2010
Police in Wuhan, central China, have freed two teenage girls who had
been kept chained in a basement for almost a year, Chinese media say. 

Rape Case Anonymity for Defendants Would be Insult to Victims, Say
The Guardian, 20 May 2010
Anti-rape campaigners have reacted angrily to a proposal by the
government to ban the identification of men accused of rape.

Morocco's Children in Danger from Their Entourage
Middle East Online, 20 May 2010
Minister of Social Development says 42% of sexual acts against children
are committed by those close to family or neighbours.

Nepal Locals Lynch Dalit Woman Accused of Witchcraft
Women News Network, 19 May 2010
132km north of Kathmandu, locals from the Dandakharka Village
Development Committee of Makanpur severely beat a woman to death, who
belonged to the Dalit community, after accusing her of practicing

Four Boys Face 68 Charges over Rape of Girl 
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2010
Four Melbourne teenagers have been charged with 68 counts of rape after
the alleged gang attack of a girl in a suburban public toilet block.

Nigerian Senator Quizzed on 'Child Marriage' 
Independent Online, 19 May 2010
A Nigerian senator, under fire for marrying a 13-year-old Egyptian girl,
was on Tuesday quizzed by investigators, an official statement said.

Liberia: Sexual Violence Projects Could Suffer Post-UNMIL
IRIN News, 18 May 2010
Humanitarian workers in Liberia worry that as the UN and NGOs scale down
aid operations, the fight against sexual violence will suffer, given a
limited capacity in national institutions to take it on.

'Accused Used Welfare System to Find Victims' 
Independent Online, 18 May 2010
A man, arrested for sexually abusing the children under his care at a
makeshift Krugersdorp home, allegedly used the welfare system to scout
for his young victims, a court has heard.

Peru's Women, Victims of Machismo at Home and in Court
Latin American Herald Tribune, 18 May 2010
Last year - during which there was a 40-percent increase in cases of
domestic violence compared with 2005 - there were 139 women slain and 64
injured, while in the first three months of this year, 29 women were
murdered and attempts were made to kill another 17, according to figures
from the Ministry of Women.

Internet Groomer from Filey Jailed for Rapes
BBC News, 17 May 2010
A 48-year-old man who admitted using the internet to trick two teenage
girls into believing he was 17 before raping them has been jailed

Violence against Women Reaches Endemic Level
The News International, 15 May 2010
Experts at a seminar here on Friday said that violence against women in
Pakistan has reached an endemic level. It is due to their marginalised
social status and a long established pattern of active suppression of
women's rights by society.

Policy Statement Renews Controversy Over U.S. Efforts To Address Female
Genital Mutilation
Medical News Today, 14 May 2010
A recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on female
genital mutilation is drawing strong reactions from some human rights
advocates and renewing debate over how U.S. physicians should address
the issue with immigrant patients who seek genital cutting for their

Timor-Leste Passes Groundbreaking Domestic Violence Law 
Ms Magazine, Feminist Wire Daily Newsbriefs, 14 May 2010
Earlier this month, Timor-Leste approved its first domestic violence
law, eight years after it was initially drafted. The legislature voted
overwhelmingly in favor of the law, with 30 votes in favor and three

Online Child Abuse Images 'on Rise'
The Press Association, 12 May 2010
Accessing online images of child sex abuse is quicker and cheaper than
ever before, a watchdog has warned. 

'Sexting' Film to Lay Bare the Risks of SMS
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 2010
Victoria Police wants a 15-minute film on ''sexting'' to be shown in
schools to educate children on the dangers of using mobile phones to
send sexually explicit images.

Men Who Batter Think Other Guys Do, Too
Futurity, 17 March 2010
Men who engage in domestic violence consistently overestimate how common
such behavior is, and the more they overestimate, the more they engage
in abusing their partner.


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

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