[Svrilist] SV in the News: 07 09 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Sep 7 10:52:24 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
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Sexual Violence in the News:

Man Charged over Cold Case Rape 
Sydney Morning Herald, 7 September 2010
Queensland police have charged a man with the rape and torture of a
woman a decade ago. The 27-year-old, from Eastern Heights, is facing 27
charges over the June 1999 attack on a 58-year-old woman.

India: Prohibit Degrading 'Test' for Rape
Human Rights Watch, 6 September 2010
Many Indian hospitals routinely subject rape survivors to forensic
examinations that include the unscientific and degrading "finger" test,
Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. 

Substance Abuse, not Mental Illness, Causes Violent Crime
The Guardian, 6 September 2010
Study finds people with drink or drug addictions have similar rates of
violent crimes whether or not they have a mental illness.

What's it Like to Live in a World Where Your Sexual Rights are Denied? 
International Planned Parenthood Federation, 4 September 2010
4 September is the first World Sexual Health Day - an international
celebration of sexual health and sexual rights organized by the World
Association for Sexual Health. Its purpose is to encourage open and
respectful discussion about sex.

Global: Spotlight on Violence against Children
IRIN News, 3 September 2010
After her first year in the job, the UN Special Representative on
Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, told IRIN her major
achievement has been to bring violence against children out into the

Further Victims Identified in Democratic Republic of the Congo Mass
Rapes Case
Inter Press Service News Agency, 3 September 2010
Twenty-eight minors have been documented as victims of last month's
four-day raid of more than a dozen villages centred around Walikale,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.N. officials told reporters here

Six Convicted of Sexual Crimes at Portuguese Children's Home
New York Times, 3 September 2010
Six people were convicted of child sexual abuse in a Lisbon court on
Friday, in a trial that lasted nearly six years and shocked people in
Portugal and beyond.

Taiwan Needs Action on Human Trafficking 
Taiwan News, 3 September 2010
President Ma Ying-jeou's signature of a joint declaration against human
trafficking Wednesday seemed to reaffirm his Chinese Nationalist Party
(Kuomintang) government's resolve to eliminate this crime against
fundamental human rights, but what Taiwan needs most are concrete

Indonesia: Female Genital Mutilation Persists Despite Ban
IRIN News, 2 September 2010
Though the Indonesian government banned female genital
mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) four years ago, experts say religious support
for the practice is more fervent than ever, particularly in rural

Video: Female Circumcision in Egypt Still Widespread
BBC News, 2 September 2010
A doctor in Egypt is being taken to court for carrying out an illegal
operation to circumcise young girls. It follows the death of a
13-year-old, from a village in the Nile Delta, in the north of the

ABM Industries Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $5.8 Million
Los Angeles Times, 2 September 2010
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had alleged that 21
female janitors were sexually harassed or assaulted by male supervisors.
The janitorial company admits no wrongdoing.

Boy Scouts Settle Suit with Victims of Abuse
New York Times, 1 September 2010
The Boy Scouts of America  have reached a financial settlement with six
men who say they were sexually abused when they were members of the same
troop in Oregon in the 1980s.

Canada's Prostitution Laws Push Activity - and Violence - Underground:
Sex-Trade Experts
Vancouver Sun, 31 August 2010
Summer may have brought an end to the legal saga of serial killer Robert
Pickton, the B.C. pig farmer who preyed on street prostitutes and drug
addicts. But a new court battle -this time pitting sex-trade workers
against Canada's prostitution laws - is brewing.

'No Honour in Honour Killings'
Times of India, 31 August 2010
Honour killings and love crimes arising from caste wars have become a
constant across media headlines. With each passing day the numbers

Belgian Sex Abuse Tapes Amplify Catholic Scandals
Reuters, 29 August 2010
Leaked tapes of Belgium's Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a victim not
to reveal he was sexually abused by a bishop are some of the most
damaging documents to emerge in the scandal rocking the Roman Catholic

Haitian Women Fight Sexual Violence
RH Reality Check, 26 August 2010
A small group of women in colorful shirts, jeans and skirts stand in a
circle, singing and clapping. Some are smiling. All are dancing, shaking
their bodies to the sound of their voices strong and loud.

Trafficking of Iraqi Women Rampant Despite United States Commitment To
End It
AlterNet, 25 August 2010
Currently, more than 50,000  Iraqi women in Jordan and Syria are trapped
in sexual servitude and have no possibility of escape. The burgeoning
sex industries in Syria and Jordan are thriving because of instability
produced by the Iraq War -- laying responsibility directly at the feet
of the United States.

Bangladesh War's Toll on Women Still Undiscussed
New York Times, 24 August 2010
The numbers are in dispute, but the story they tell has remained the
same for four decades: 200,000 women (or 300,000, or 400,000, depending
on the source) raped during the 1971 war in which East Pakistan broke
with West Pakistan to become Bangladesh.


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