Thursday, March 01, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 18

Welcome to the Mar. 1, 2007 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 18th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In Revenge of The Wicked Witch posted at Flada Blog, we get one woman's story of how she dealt with a man who attempted to rape her.


In What Men Don't Talk About: Masculinity and Sex Education posted at Masculinities in Media, we get a discussion about the prevalence of the centerfold syndrome and how abstinence-only education stops boys from learning a healthier approach to sex.

In Sexual Mistreatment Linked To Girls Hooking Up? posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss the book Unhooked by Laura Session Stepp and related article by the book's author and note how both the book and Stepp's article fail to address the impact of sexual and dating violence on girls' and women's decision to remain emotionally detached.

In Violence is more deadly to women than cancer or malaria. posted at hazel8500, we get statistics from the latest UN report that highlight the scope of violence against women.


In Crime lab Audit Reveals Poor Work; No Jury Misled posted at HOLLY'S FIGHT TO STOP VIOLENCE, we get information about an audit of Cleveland's DNA processing after forensic analyst Joseph Serowik was fired because of his work on the Michael Green rape case. Mr. Green's conviction was overturned based on DNA evidence and part of the $1.6 million dollar settlement required an audit of 17 years of lab work involving Serowik.

In Trial Advocacy Competition Rape Problem posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of an objection to the specifics of a mock criminal case created by the Texas Young Lawyers Association for the National Trial Advocacy Competition to be held the last week of March. Part of the concern is that because this case hinges on consent, defense attorneys will be rewarded for playing up stereotypes about women who make rape allegations.

In Sex Offender Switcheroo posted at 13th Floor, we get a discussion of legislative decisions that could be seen as being soft on sex offenders but which may reflect the practicalities of dealing with sex offenders including the unwanted side effects of certain laws.

media watch

In -- hitting the fans? posted at me-ander, we get a discussion of the media coverage of allegations made within Israel politics including a largely-ignored statement by politician Colette Avital that she was the target of uninvited sexual advances.

In MSM cover rape? Against their will! posted at The Common Ills, we get a discussion of how rape is covered inadaquately in publications such as the New York Times and how there are exceptions to this problem.

In Pedophilia: Even Science Gets It Wrong posted at Crime and Consequences, we get a discussion of commentary in Scientific American regarding whether many pedophiles are suffering from a psychological disorder.

raising awareness

In AP IMPACT: Records show tremendous growth in teacher sex cases posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get a report on the rising number of reports of criminal teacher sexual exploitation of students. Despite the publicity surrounding female teachers who are charged with sex crimes, the defendants are overwhelmingly men.

In Detached Analysis of Rape And Satire posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss the flaws in the beliefs held by those who assert they are superior analysts of issues of sexual violence because they don't react emotionally to the subject of rape.

In The myths about sexual assault by Rekha Basu posted at HOLLY'S FIGHT TO STOP VIOLENCE, we get an article about how the myths about sexual assault impact laws and justice for sexual assault victims.

In Ponderings Coupled with PostSecret posted at Feminists To The Rescue!, we get a discussion of a postcard where there is uncertainty about whether what happened was rape, but no uncertainty about whether what happened caused real damage.

In Violence and Self Destruction posted at hazel8500, we get a discussion of the possible link between a history of being abused and belittled and the onset of eating disorders in victims.

In March 1st is Self-Injury Awareness Day posted at Dr. Deborah Serani, we get information about what self-injury is and what are some of the possible causes.

In North Korean Refugees Face Exploitation posted at Abyss2hope, we get information about the risks refugees face and an organization dedicated to helping them.

In More on prison rape posted at Ezra Klein, we get a discussion about prison rape which sparked discussion at various blogs.


In Invalidation is to reject, ignore, ... posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion of the impact of having our experiences and our emotions invalidated and how systematic invalidation can make sane people feel crazy.

In An Abuser Continues the Abuse? posted at Angela Shelton, we a requestl for help regarding ongoing abuse and advice from a survivor.

In Sexually Assaulted..........What do you do... posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information and resources for those who have been assaulted. This information is also important for family and friends of those who have become victims.

In RECOVERING FROM ABUSE posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get information directed at women who are being abused and who are considering whether to leave their abuser.


In Virtual global taskforce against on-line sexual exploitation of children posted at Child Protection: serious business, we get a discussion about resource for reporting suspicious on-line behavior.

In Respect As Rape Prevention posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss what positive actions and attitudes people can embrace in their rape prevention strategies.


In Can a Feminist Have Fun With Exotic Dancing? posted at, we get a discussion of the conflicted feelings that can come with a physical activity (pole dancing) that in most settings sexually objectifies women.

That concludes the 18th 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 Mar. 12 at 11 pm. The 19th edition will be out on Mar. 15.

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 blog dedicated to this carnival,

Marcella Chester

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