[Svrilist] SV in the News: 14 09 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Sep 14 11:40:23 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
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Sexual Violence in the News:

Anti-Rape Campaign in Haiti Camps 
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September 2010
The United Nations is launching a campaign to combat the rape of Haitian
earthquake victims living in camps for the homeless, the UN's top
official in the country said on Monday.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/antirape-campaign-in-haiti-ca
mps-20100914-159qz.html

Rape: Rights Group Calls Test to Determine Sexual Activity a 'Second
Assault' in India
New York Times, 13 September 2010
An international human rights group urged India last week to ban a
"degrading and unscientific" test commonly performed on rape victims to
see if they have previous sexual experience.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/health/14glob.html?_r=1

Young Rape Victim 'Humiliated by Cops' 
Independent Online, 13 September 2010
A 14-year-old rape victim's visit to a police station left her
traumatised after officers asked if she received money for sex.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20100913042
428515C370729

Poverty is No Grounds for Showing Leniency, Says High Court
Times of India, 13 September 2010
Upholding a trial court verdict that sentenced a man to nine years in
prison for raping, trespass and threatening to kill a 22-year-old woman,
the Bombay high court observed that poverty cannot be a reason to show
leniency towards a rape accused.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Poverty-is-no-grounds-for
-showing-leniency-says-HC/articleshow/6543071.cms

Child Abuse Victims Urge Pope to Act
The Independent, 12 September 2010
Victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests yesterday called on
Pope Benedict XVI to sanction an inquiry into abuses by British clergy.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/child-abuse-victims-urge-
pope-to-act-2077195.html

Barnardo's Wants Most Prosecutions of Under-12s to End
BBC News, 11 September 2010
Ministers are being urged to drop criminal prosecutions for under-12s in
all but the most serious of cases, such as rape, murder and
manslaughter.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11262839

Teenagers Film Rape of Girl, Police Say
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 September 2010
Four teenage boys have been charged after a mobile phone camera was
allegedly used to film the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in
Western Australia.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/teenagers-film-rape-of-gir
l-police-say-20100910-154mp.html

Honduras: Police Officer Sentenced for Stabbing Transgender Sex Worker
Human Rights Watch, 10 September 2010
This was a crime fueled by hate, as the 17 stab wounds attest. It is a
testament to the integrity and courage of all involved with the case
that they advanced the cause of justice notwithstanding the threats and
intimidation.
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/09/10/honduras-police-officer-sentenced-
stabbing-transgender-sex-worker

Governments Call for More Coordination to Fight Sex Trafficking
Voice of America, 10 September 2010
Child trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world - an
underground business, often conducted on the internet, and driven by
enormous profits.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/More-Co-ordination-Needed-to-Fig
ht-Sex-Trafficking-102632129.html

Making Prisons Safer
New York Times, Editorial, 9 September 2010
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has spent nearly 15 months weighing new
mandatory rape prevention policies for federal prisons and state
correctional institutions that receive federal money. The policies,
which are due this fall, need to be as tough as possible.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/opinion/10fri3.html

United Nations Weighs Sanctions Against Perpetrators of Democratic
Republic of Congo Mass Rapes
Inter Press Service News Agency, 8 September 2010
The U.N. Security Council is considering leveraging sanctions against
the perpetrators of the mass rapes that occurred last month in the
eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following a meeting held on the
recent violence Tuesday.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52758

Iran Lifts Sentence of Stoning for Woman
New York Times, 8 September 2010
An Iranian official has confirmed that the government halted the
sentence of death by stoning of a woman convicted of adultery, but he
reiterated that she was still facing accusations of murder.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/world/middleeast/09stoning.html?_r=2

'Progress for Children' Report Sheds New Light on Achieving Millennium
Development Goals
UNICEF, 7 September 2010
Addressing the needs of the poorest of the poor is the key to meeting
ambitious development goals and reducing global injustice, according to
a UNICEF's latest 'Progress for Children' report.
http://www.unicef.org/childsurvival/index_55896.html

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation of Girl in Schools
IBN Live, 6 September 2010
Punjab government has issued guidelines and adopted zero tolerance
regarding sexual exploitation or harassment of girl child in schools in
the state.
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/zero-tolerance-for-sexual-exp
loitation-of-girl-in-schools/298265.html

How Child Sex Abuse Case Stunned Portugal
BBC News, 3 September 2010
A mammoth child sex abuse trial in Portugal has finally ended more than
five years after court hearings began.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11171283

Kigali City Tops Gender Based Violence Crime List
The New Times, 1 September 2010
Kigali City has topped the Gender Based Violence crime list with 510
cases registered in the first six months of the year. The report
indicates that 1,572 cases were registered country wide by the end of
June.
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=14370&article=33107

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