[Svrilist] SV in the News: 28 05 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri May 28 12:10:02 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:

Over 100 Palestinian Minors Reported Abuse in Israel Defence Forces,
Police Custody in 2009
Haaretz, 28 May 2010
69 minors complained of being beaten, four minors reported being
sexually assaulted, and 12 said they were threatened with sexual

Letters of Child Porn Victims Record Their Distress
Japan Times, 28 May 2010
Some Japanese women who in their childhood were victims of pornography
have written about their fears and anguish in being betrayed by adults
they had trusted, and in imagining that lewd images of themselves as
young children could be still circulating on the Internet.

Will Soccer World Cup Attract Human Traffickers?
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 May 2010
A fierce debate has erupted over claims that the 2010 Soccer World Cup
will fuel the trafficking of women from African and other countries to
South Africa for sexual exploitation during the cup, which starts on
June 11.

African Women Win Promise of United States Protection
Women's eNews, 27 May 2010
Obama earlier this week signed the most widely co-sponsored
Africa-specific law in U.S. history. Supporters hope it will defend
women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and
Sudan from further atrocities.

Violence against Women Widespread in Russia: Amnesty International 
Sify News, 27 May 2010
Russian authorities should take more measures to prevent violence
against women, Amnesty International said in its latest annual report
issued Thursday.

German Jesuit Report Shows Years of Abuse Cover-Up
Reuters, 27 May 2010
A Jesuit investigation cited 205 allegations of sexual abuse against
priests at its schools in Germany on Thursday, revealing decades of
systematic abuse and attempts of a cover-up by the Roman Catholic order.

Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Paralympian 
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 2010
A Perth man has pleaded guilty to raping a partially blind and
intellectually disabled Paralympic gold medallist.

United Nations Calls for Universal Ratification of Ban on Child Soldiers
Inter Press Service News Agency, 26 May 2010
Two-thirds of all U.N. member states - 132 countries - have ratified the
optional protocols that call for protection of children from armed
conflict and sexual exploitation - what U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon has called a "moral and legal shield for children".

Indonesia: Non-Governmental Organisations Push for Stronger Child
Protection Laws 
IRIN News, 26 May 2010
Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation
and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children's
rights, says a coalition of NGOs.

Making Latin America's Cities Women-Friendly
Inter Press Service News Agency, 25 May 2010
"Violence against women is not only domestic, it also happens in the
streets. Not having the right to feel safe in a city square or at a bus
stop without someone bothering us, that's also violence."

Schoolboys' Rape Case Triggers Debate
AFP, 25 May 2010
The conviction of two 10-year-old British schoolboys for the attempted
rape of an eight-year-old girl triggered a debate on Tuesday over
judicial handling of such cases involving minors.

Father Charged with Murder after 'Performing Abortion on Daughter He
The Age, 25 May 2010
A Jordanian man has been charged with raping and murdering his daughter
after allegedly impregnating her and then carrying out an abortion
during which she died.

Pressure for Female Genital Cutting Lingers in the United States
CNN International, 21 May 2010
Fatima Mohamed, a 45-year-old Somali immigrant living in America, was
faced with a question most parents will never worry about: Should my
daughter be circumcised?

Internet Risk to Children on Rise
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 2010
A growing number of internet-savvy sex predators are preying on
vulnerable teenagers. Victoria Police have confirmed that organised
criminal networks and individuals in and outside Australia have been
grooming children for illegal sex and the number of predators is rising.

Women United Nations Peacekeepers - More Needed
IRIN News, 20 May 2010
A five-year campaign to boost the number of UN female peacekeepers is
progressing steadily in police units, but "seems to be stuck" at a
minuscule percentage in military contingents, Lt-Col Alejandro Alvarez
of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), told IRIN.


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

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