Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 14

Welcome to the Jan. 2, 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 14th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In City Offers Payment To Woman Falsely Accused Of Lying About Rape posted at Abyss2hope, we learn of the horrific experience of a rape victim who not only wasn't believed when she reported that a stranger had raped her, she was charged with a crime. Madison Wis. only offered her a settlment after the release of book about the case, Cry Rape: The True Story of One Woman's Harrowing Quest for Justiceby Bill Lueders.

In Set Me Free posted at Talk About It, we get to see one rape survivor's personal and spiritual journey over the 4 and a half years since her rape.


In Sex Addictions posted at Everyone needs therapy? Lessons from a family therapist, we learn that therapists sometimes miss the boat on the best resources for survivors of sexual assault. This post about sex addictions makes the connection betwen having been sexually exploited and subsequently sexually addicted. It includes recommended resources above and beyond therapy.

In Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress posted at Everyone needs therapy? Lessons from a family therapist, we get information about these 2 related syndromes. The official difference is duration, but the expected duration mostly depends upon the type and severity of trauma the person lived through.

creative expression

In Ode to the missing but not forgotten posted at Missing People, we get information about a song penned by famed poet Susan Musgrave and being sold to raise money to help troubled women such as Andrea Joesbury, a missing woman whom pig farmer Robert (Willy) Pickton has been accused of murdering.

media watch

In "Expendable Women" - Film Review: Señorita Extraviada posted at Blessed Fearscapes, we learn about a documentary about the rape-torture murders of girls and women of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

In Sadistic killer eyed in 1967 murders posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get insight into not only a sadistic killer, who is an excellent inmate, but insight into the way the Canadian criminal justice system has handled him.

In Prostitutes Group Suing Canada’s Federal Government For its Laws Against Prostitution posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about the debate over whether the legalization of prostitution would decrease the violent crimes committed against those in prostitution.

In All I got in my xmas hamper was a shitload of spam posted at A stormy blog, we get an analysis that shows out of one day's porn spam that rape is mentioned in 30 out of 31 messages and is the top word used to describe the product being advertised.

In Police fighting child porn brace for 2007 after a year of shocking firsts posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article by Mike Oliveira of the Canadian Press that highlights that many child pornographers are creating real-time child porn through webcams. The police not only have to find ways to stop predators from using technology to distribute child porn, they have to find ways to locate the source of those images and stop the ongoing abuse of anonymous children who are being exploited.


In how to avoid becoming a rapist posted at Thinking Girl, we get a response to a question about how a man can prevent himself from becoming a rapist without avoiding tempting women.

In NAMES posted at DEAD MEN DON'T RAPE, we get a discussion about attempts to appease men to show them that we don't hate all men when we speak out in opposition of men's violence against women and the behavior of men who look the other way as the men around them hurt girls and women.

In Ipswich posted at incurable hippie's musings and rants, we get a discussion of the murders in England and the advice given to women when crimes like this occur.

raising awareness

In The Politics of Male Rape posted at Marc Lamont Hill, we get a discussion about this important topic and the myths related to the rape of men and boys.

In Rape is not a compliment. posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of the way rape is talked about and how some decide whether to believe alleged victims based on whether they would want to rape this girl or woman.

In Sketches express softer side of missing women posted at Missing People, we learn about a joint project of Wayne Leng, the founder of Missing People, and Todd Matthews, the founder of Project EDAN (Everybody Deserves A Name).

In Ellen Sekreta, "Sexual Harrassment, Misconduct, and the Atmopshere of the Laboratory: The Legal and Professional Challenges Faced by Women Physical Science Researchers at Educational Institutions" posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get an introduction to a paper on the continued existance of sexual harrassment in research laboratories.

In Why the arguments around defining prostitution are so offensively contrived. posted at Southern Discomfort, we get a discussion about why -- in the context of violence and human trafficking -- those in prostitution should not be labeled sex workers.

In The rape riddle: When is 6% not 6%? posted at A stormy blog, we get an analysis of what the conviction rate means in terms of the total number of rapes and what that means to rapists.

In IT’S TIME TO PROVIDE HELP TO MALE VICTIMS OF RAPE posted at Why Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article by Susan Estrich about the ways her experience of stranger rape decades earlier mirrors the experience of the young men who have been victims of the serial rapist in Texas.

In Violence Against Asian Feminists posted at Women of Color Blog, we get a discussion about violence which is too often overlooked.


In Judge Dierker At Work posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a judge who made a highly charged ruling in a sexual harassment case and his response to complaints that he was clearly biased against women in his ruling.


In 41 Things, 12/21/06: Intuition, and the Gift of Personal Safety posted at Isis Kali's Lush Life, we get one person's thought process about how and why we stifle our natural warning bells in order to have a relationship. It gets at the roots of our conflict between what our egos have been taught, and what our intuition tells us is right.

In Myspace! UGH. posted at Bulletproof Soul we learn about a site designed to help parents know how help their children be safer on the Internet and on social sites such as MySpace.

I found the following post through the latest carnival against child abuse, but the advice it contains about using the word surprise for "good secrets" is so great, it's worth highlighting again: Sexual abuse: Secret Business Must End. posted at Child protection: serious business.

In Protect Kids from Sexual Predators. Use Correct Names for Private Parts. posted at Child protection: serious business., we get a discussion about how using cute names for body parts can leave children vulnerable.

In Vultures Who Hurt Future Rape Victims posted at Abyss2hope, I bust the myth that false claims of rape hurt future rape victims and show that it is those who attack alleged rape victims who scare rape victims away from reporting what happened to them.


In The Path is Made by Walking: Insight is Optional posted at Dragon Slayer, we get a discussion that illustrates that insights into what happened in the past aren't enough to change current behaviors or problems.

In Playing The Victim posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss what that phrase reveals about the person who says it.

That concludes the 14th 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 Jan. 12 at 11 pm. The 15th edition will be out on Jan. 12.

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, http://carnivalagainstsexualviolence.blogspot.com/

Marcella Chester

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At January 02, 2007 3:22 AM, Blogger Deus Ex Machina said...

Wow! Thank you for including me! This blog is very powerful...I can't wait to read everyone's submissions.

Happy New Year!

At January 02, 2007 2:37 PM, Anonymous thinking girl said...

I'm flattered to be included in the Carnival along with such other wonderful writers, although I don't recall being asked to participate or submitting my post! Thanks for reading, and for compiling the carnival.

At January 02, 2007 2:41 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
Thank you for the ongoing awareness for survivors. Thank you for thinking of the missing and murdered women in the Pickton Case in Canada. Bringing educational awareness to the internet. Also for including my blog in this Carnival Against Sexual Violence.
This New Year Marcella your advocating will make a difference. We all must help in getting the message out.
Take care Holly

At January 02, 2007 9:57 PM, Blogger Megan Bayliss said...

thank you for working so hard to raise the profile of sexual abuse. It is people like you that are going to lead the world to a place of no violence against children.
Thanks for linking to my article on using correct names for body parts too. It is nice to know that at least the messages of protection are going somewhere.
All the very best and please do let me know if there is anything further I can do to support the cause.
To my other partners in the race to end sexual abuse: this is the year of change. Our voices are strong. Together they are very loud.

At January 04, 2007 10:33 AM, Blogger incurable hippie said...

Thanks for including my post. There is some amazing feminist writing here. Thank you!

At February 07, 2007 4:18 PM, Anonymous Victoria Marinelli said...

Greetings Marcella. I just saw (quite belatedly!) that you included one of my blog posts in your carnival. So first off, thank you kindly. But second, I feel a need to clarify one thing with regard to what you wrote:

"In Why the arguments around defining prostitution are so offensively contrived posted at Southern Discomfort, we get a discussion about why -- in the context of violence and human trafficking -- those in prostitution should not be labeled sex workers."

I actually did not state at any point that "those in prostitution should not be labeled sex workers," nor did I intend that any such infererence. There are lots of extremely credible arguments for refraining from calling prostitution sex work, and women in prostitution from being called sex workers, but again that was not the point of my post. Rather, I was expressing my objection to two individuals' effort to sabotage my workshop at an NCADV conference in 2000, which was structured around program development for self-identifying abused women who were also involved in prostitution. (A disruption that is also illustrative of broader conflicts within antiviolence movements in terms of addressing prostitution, to be sure, else I would not have posted anything about it.)

As I have recently had to clarify (after an individual active in the movement to decriminalize prostitution posted a comment to my blog post), the inference that I believe all women in prostitution are "victims" as such (and therefore should not be called "sex workers") is about as valid as the notion that, on such occasions when I have done workshops on providing competent services to battered lesbians, that I also believed somehow that "all lesbians are victims". (Or that all lesbians have some specific pathology and should be labeled in some ways but not in others. Which, clearly, would be ridiculous, not to mention demeaning to lesbians.)

My overarching problem here is that so many people think it's more important to debate the language of prostitution (and the politics thereof) into the ground, all the while ignoring the specific needs of the actual women in prostitution who have specifically come forward as needing help from battered women's service organizations and the like. (Not, in other words, all women in prostitution! Just the ones who say they need help, that their situations are abusive in nature.)

Finally, I don't actually believe that the language with which activists on all sides of debates concerning prostitution is somehow unimportant, that it's merely some trifling issue of semantics. Rather, in the context of actual program development and service provision by organizations aiming to meet the needs of women in the sex industry, matters of rhetoric are inestimably less important than are bottom line pragmatic considerations, like shelter access, safety planning, protection of legal rights of women in the industry, womens' access to appropriate medical care, etc.

And just to add one further clarification (although it's not due to any well-meaning misunderstanding on your part, but rather a misunderstanding on the part of the above-reference anti-criminalization activist): I do not now, nor have I ever, supported the criminalization of women in prostitution.

Best regards - Victoria

P.S. Not that it's all that important, but FYI, my blog is now called Vortex(t). (Every now and then I get moody and change the title!)

At February 07, 2007 5:09 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


Yes, I understood your position and was attempting to summarize that you weren't talking about everyone called a sex worker by using the phrase "in the context of." Thanks for the clarification.


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