Friday, December 15, 2006

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 13

Welcome to the Dec. 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. Nominations that came in after the nomination deadline will be considered for the next edition of the carnival. If you support the purpose of the carnival, you can help get the word out about it and all of the posts included in the carnival.

Here are the selections for the 13th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In The Plight of Soldier Suzanne Swift posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about the status of the case where a soldier reportedly went AWOL because she couldn't face more sexual harrassment from a superior officer.

In This from Internet Wasteland about Pickton Case posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a list of the charges against Robert Pickton, the pig farmer who has been accused of being Canada’s worst serial killer with at least 26 victims. He has pleaded “not guilty” on all counts.

In Pickton timeline posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get a timeline of events related to the Robert Pickton serial murder case in British Columbia, Canada that goes back to 1991 when the first annual women's day memorial march was organized to press for police investigation into missing women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Holly Desimone presents Fifth prostitute reported missing posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, about the women found murdered in Ipswich, England saying, "How many more will die before the police find this serial killer? I hope the serial killer is found before we have 26 murder charges as we do in the Robert Pickton case in Vancouver. My thoughts are with families & friends of all murdered and missing women."

To help us all remember that the victims are more than any one label, read this story from 2001 which mentions the 2 images below.

The bottom of these 2 images is a pastel created by Sarah de Vries, who at the time of the article (linked above) was listed as missing, but who is now listed as a murder victim and who is included in the indictment against Robert Pickton.


In UK Study Suggests That Alcohol Nullifies Need For Consent To Sex posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss the study which reveals what so many women already knew. Juries are reluctant to convict rapists whose victims have consumed alcohol.

In Section 5 of the DV C&V Act - anti-woman posted at A stormy blog, we get a discussion about how changes to UK's domestic violence laws may result in more victims being prosecuted for the crimes committed by abusers.

In Women's rape allegations are NEVER believed posted at A stormy blog, we get a discussion about the increasing frequency where women who report rapes are charged with perverting justice.

In Suspended for Opposing Rape posted at Lying Media Bastards, we get a discussion of the reported suspension of college students because of their insistence on filing a complaint against a law enforcement officer who told them (while investigating a reported rape) that 70 to 80 percent of rape reports are illegitimate.

In Death Penalty for Child Molesters posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the risks the death penalty can create for victims if there isn't a greater punishment for murdering a child than there is for molesting one.

In Kansas City Lawyer Case Comes to a Close posted at Sex Crimes, we get information on rulings related to whether someone can be convicted of soliciting a cop posing as someone underage.

In Sign it - NOW ! posted at A stormy blog, we get information on a petition with recommended changes to the way rape cases are handled in the UK.

In *linkage* posted at 2 B Sophora, we get information about a proposal to change Scotland's rape laws and the reasons for that proposal.

raising awareness

In Playing the Rape Card posted at, we get one man's realization about how language is used to deny something people don't want to see.

In She said no cont. posted at Women of Color Blog, we get an analysis of the rationalizations used by a commenter who defends a convicted murderer. The commenter justifies a soldier's decision to murder a Korean woman after she refused to have sex with him.

In Rape in the Congo: A poem, an article excerpt, some links. No fairy tales here but read anyway! posted at Blessed Fearscapes, we begin with an emotional expression and then get information about what is happening in the Congo.

In The Mirror Offered by Other Cultures posted at PrawfsBlawg, we get a discussion about how the same type of behavior, from the crime to the response to the crime, are viewed differently when they happen in other cultures or other countries.

In Self-blaming in the years after rape posted at 2 B Sophora, we get a discussion about victims' feelings of being responsible for their rapist continuing to find more victims.

In Child Prostitution posted at Broken Bodies - Broken Dreams, we get a discussion about the estimated one million children who are put into the sex trade each year.

In Violence against Women posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a reminder that while the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women began because of the shooting deaths of 14 women 17 years ago, not all violence against women makes headlines. It's estimated that 2.6 million Canadian women are physically abused each year.

In LISTEN TUESDAY Todd Matthews Director and Founder of Lost & Found Global Research Center on Missing Persons. posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information on the effort to raise awareness about an organization that works to help law enforcement agencies in the identification process of the deceased and in the location of missing individuals.


In I'm a Crime Victim posted at Dr. Deborah Serani, someone who treats crime victims in her practice became one herself and was reminded of the importance of talking about the trauma.


In A Woman in Berlin: A diary of the fall of the Nazi Regime posted at Westminster Wisdom, we get information about the book A Woman in Berlin which reveals details about one of the greatest mass rapes in history.

In Rape and Probability Theory posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss the implication that, "women lie about rape, men don't" and how that bias impacts the way female rape victims are treated in and out of criminal justice systems.

That concludes the 13th 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.

The next submission deadline is Dec. 29 at 11 pm. The 14th edition will be out on Jan. 2.

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,

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:01 AM   3 comments links to this post


At December 15, 2006 2:00 AM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

one amazing Carnival Marcella
Thank you for remembering the missing and murdered women.
The families I hope will be proud of your advocating and education awareness.
Take care Holly Desimone

At December 15, 2006 1:47 PM, Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Wow, this carnival is growing and growing. So great!!!!!

At December 16, 2006 12:51 PM, Anonymous Colleen said...

SO glad you're posted this carnival more often!


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