Saturday, July 15, 2006

Carnival Against Sexual Violence #3

Welcome to the July 15, 2006 edition of the carnival against sexual violence.

Thank you to everyone who nominated a post or who wrote a post against sexual violence whether it was nominated/selected or not. Many of the posts included relate to the theme of how emotional and verbal abuse, and words in general, impact sexual violence and the fight against it.

So here's 3rd edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

Marj aka Thriver presents The Many Faces of Abuse posted at Survivors Can Thrive!, with this introduction: "Survivors--let's not let our abusers and attackers murder our souls and break our spirits by believing the lies they told in the verbal and emotional abuse that often accompanies sexual violence!"

Holly Desimone presents Holly's Fight for Justice: MY LIFE CHANGED, WITHIN AN HOUR! posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, with this introduction, "My life changed within a hour, fear, shame, guilt, not wanting to live! I struggled with a violent rape for years! I am glad to be able to tell my personal story of surviving rape. I am a survivor of rape and my name is Holly Desimone."

media watch

In Law Prof Glenn Reynolds Sees Some Correlation, Or Something, Between the "Porn Explosion" and A Drop In Reported Instances of Rape posted at Feminist Law Professors, the connection some people are making between the increase in porn and the reported decrease in rape is discussed.

In Sources Say Duke Victim Offered Two Million Dollars to Remain Quiet posted at Marc Lamont Hill, we're reminded that the stereotype of alleged rape victims as gold diggers may not reflect reality.

In Female Inmates Abuse Guards posted at The Conflicted Redhead, we learn what "truths" Geraldo at Large exposes on the story about sex between guards and female inmates.

raising awareness

In Biology and bladders, excuses and explanations: why I'm tired of hearing about testosterone posted at Hugo Schwyzer, we get a solid argument for why the most popular excuse for rape doesn't hold water.

In Natural victims posted at Pinko Feminist Hellcat, the assumptions behind the argument many men make that rape is less traumatic for girls and women than it is for men is explored.

In Of Legal Defenses (and Offenses) in Rape Trials: A Deconstruction posted at RGS Articles, explores the practice of alluding to the alleged victim's sexual immorality so the case becomes a matter of proving or disproving the alleged victim's chastity.

In Trafficked women's symptoms akin to torture victims' posted at Your Filipina Pen Pal, the true picture of the trauma that comes from being trafficked is explored.

In Different for Girls posted at Sexeteria, we get a glimpse at the advice men and boys give girls which they wouldn't follow if someone attempted to rape them.

In The Rape of the "Hadji Girl" posted at Women's Space/The Margins, we're introduced to a controversial song written by a Marine that contains some parallels to the rape and murder of a real Iraqi girl. The coverage of this subject leads to Rape of the "Hadji Girl, Part IV," a Question: Are There Any Men Blogging About This Besides the Ones Who Are Sending Me Death Threats?

In Perpetrator mentality posted at Laurelin In The Rain, the use of the term "victim mentality" is dissected, as are the reasons that terminology puts the focus on the wrong actions.

In On Ambiguity And Sexual Harassment posted at The Happy Feminist, we get a vivid example of why a lack of reporting or a lack of obvious rebuke doesn't mean a lack of violation.

In Shattered Words posted at Teardrops on Roses, Teresa Brouwer discusses the difference between respectful communication and abusive communication. And in her post Emotional Rape or Sexual Abuse - What's the Difference? she introduces a book called, Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life by Ginny NiCarthy, M.S.W..


In Healing = Working out!?! posted at Alisha, she shares the revelation she had about her healing while she out for a run.

In Shame, stigma, and telling. posted at As Waters Passing By, Annaleigh discusses the power in telling when we hesitate because we're afraid we'll be shamed.

In What is sexual healing? posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article by Wendy Maltz that includes advice on how to gain a deeper understanding of how what happened influenced your sexuality and how to learn skills that will help you experience touch and sexual sharing in safe, life-affirming ways.


In Hear-Hear For Hearsay posted at Angela Shelton, we get information on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the admissibility of 911 recordings.

That concludes the 3rd edition of the carnival against sexual violence. Thank you for taking the time to visit this carnival and thank you to the authors of all the posts included in this edition. Together we can make a difference.

The next submission deadline is Saturday, July 29 at 11 pm. The 4th edition will be out on Aug. 1.

To nominate a post (your own or someone else's) to the next edition of carnival against sexual violence, use our carnival submission form. Links to everything related to the carnival can be found on the new blog dedicated to this carnival,

If anyone has suggestions for future editions of this carnival, let me know.

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:01 AM   4 comments links to this post


At July 15, 2006 10:56 AM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
I agree with you together we can make a difference. Thank you for posting my painful experience. The healing, raising awareness, learning about recovery and solutions, is within our reach.
It takes all of us to work together to see the difference.
It also is a journey. I am honored to share my journey with you, Marcella. Thank you for the help.

At July 15, 2006 3:21 PM, Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Congratulations on organizing another fantastic, awareness-raising carnival, Marcella! I've started reading and will be getting around to read all the posts. Thanks for including me/mine.

At July 16, 2006 8:09 AM, Blogger Beachwriter said...

Hi Marcella - You have done a great job and thank you for including me. I have to read all the posts in which I plan to today.

At July 27, 2006 3:40 AM, Anonymous Laurelin said...

Thanks for including me- I feel really honoured!



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