Thursday, March 15, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 19

Welcome to the Mar. 15, 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.

Also, please join me and other bloggers by participating in Blog Against Sexual Violence Day on April 5. The goal is to get as many bloggers as we can to show that this isn't a fringe issue only a few people are committed to preventing. Far too often exploiters interpret silence as apathy about what they are doing. Because of that, posts that say nothing more than, "There is no excuse for sexual violence and exploitation," can have a huge impact.

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Here are the selections for the 19th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In New Way of Thinking posted at ~Enola~ we get insights into how abusers prevent victims from telling anyone without threatening them to remain silent.

In Because it had to be said? posted at Friction and Harmony, a father talks about what he learned from his experience of realizing his sons had been sexually abused. He gives tips for parents so they can have a better chance of recognizing when something bad has happened.


In 10 Things To Do if You Have Been Raped posted at Finding Your Marbles, we get advice from a childhood sexual abuse survivor that draws on his experiences.

In UNRESOLVED TRAUMA - REASONS FOR AND SYMPTOMS posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get information that can help people identify when a behavior or experience is likely related to unresolved trauma.

In Sexual Feelings During Sexual Abuse posted at Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, we get an article by Kali Munroe, M. Ed about how some survivors have trouble because of their bodies automatic response to stimulation from their abusers either because they feel shame or because they are afraid people will think any pleasure means the abuse wasn't real abuse.

In How To Do A Mini Debrief With Traumatized Friends posted at Child protection: serious business., we get tips to help people know what to do before they are thrust into a difficult situation by unexpected trauma.


In 246. DNA and the slut defense posted at Judging Crimes, we get a discussion of how The Innocence Project's PR efforts can create a false sense that wrongful convictions in rapes happen all the time (when they exonerated only .000088% of the US prison population) which in turn wrongfully undermines the testimony of the majority of alleged rape victims. Just as interesting is the possibility that a DNA mismatch with the convicted man's DNA may falsely exonerate a guilty man.

In Potential Development in Prosecuting Rape Cases posted at The Anti-Essentialist Conundrum, we get information about an improvement in the process of separating male DNA from a female victim's own DNA. This can provide DNA evidence that might have previously been missed.

In Rape Witness Protection and Issues of Offender Immigration posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss the relationship between victim/survivor notifications and safety.

In Hold On posted at girl farts, we learn about a bill in Missouri that will stop rape victims from being billed for their post-rape exams and rape kits.

In Victims Advocate Says Some Women Won't Report Rape Under Current Laws posted at HOLLY'S FIGHT TO STOP VIOLENCE, we learn about a Nebraska bill that would change the way investigators approach sexual assault cases. If it passes, alleged victims would not have to take a polygraph test before the investigation moves forward.

In Double Jeopardy? posted at Hell's Handmaiden, we get a discussion of the civil commitment process for convicted sex offenders.

In Jessica's Law and Civil Committment or Punitive v. Rehabilitative and Preventative Measures in TN posted at Thoughts of an Average Woman, we get a discussion of some of the issues which current proposals fail to address.

In A 2nd look at sex crimes by juveniles posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about efforts by the Arizona legislature to take a serious look at how to effectively handle sex crimes committed by minors.

In Testing the Waters posted at Blonde Justice, we get a hypothetical case similar to the ones caught on Dateline's To Catch A Predator with a request for non-lawyers to guess what kind of sentence the man would get if he decided to make a plea deal. There's also a link to responses to this same question from lawyers.

In Are Child Molesters Rational? posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the arguments used to say that the death penalty for child rape should be supported because it will deter child rapists from committing their crimes but it won't put children at higher risk of being murdered after being raped.

In Pick Me For That Jury posted at Derring-do, we get a reaction to the news that Michael Devlin's attorney thinks that a jury will see the other side of this double-kidnapping story.

In Former Police Officer Avoids Punishment For Stalking and Harassment by Promising to Join Military posted at Feminist Law Professors, we learn about a case with a bizarre outcome.

In Date Rape is 'out of character' posted at Londonist, we get a discussion of a judge's comments about a man caught putting drugs into his date's wine with the clear intent to sexually assault her.

In After 20-year sentence attacker still violent, experts say posted at HOLLY'S FIGHT TO STOP VIOLENCE, we learn about the Toronto Jane Doe rapist who has served his sentence.

In Convicted Sex Offender Fired As Youth Prison Guard posted at Abyss2hope, we get information about a pattern of sex abuse by employees at the Texas youth prisons including the fact that a Texas ranger contacted prosecutors at 3 levels of government and got no action from any of those prosecutors.

media watch

In Beyond Enabling posted at Feministe, we get a discussion of how the type of victim blaming and perpetrator excusing used when women who go to bars is also used on women who go to church.

In Must? Rape? Somebody? posted at, we get a discussion of the content of the letters section at Salon which exposes very dangerous beliefs.

In sex trade workers and free will posted at change therapy, we get a response to reporter Richard Littlejohn who said that the murder of 5 women in Ipswich England is no great loss and that society has no responsibility for what happens to women like these.

In Can Date Rape Sell Beer? posted at Voices of American Sexuality, we get a reaction to a Miller Lite beer commercial that plays off the problem of so-called date rape drugs.

In Hi, I'm Jill, and scummy law school sleazebags have gone after me, too. posted at Feministe, we get a discussion about law school message boards where anonymous law school students post the pictures of female law students and sexually harass those women. The content of the message boards includes references to rape and encouragement to stalk the women to get better pictures.

raising awareness

In Violence against women continues posted at No Longer at Ease, we get a discussion about world-wide violence against women and children which is based on honor or myths such as the belief that having sex with young girls will cure AIDS.

In SOAR posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about SOAR (Speaking Out About Rape) which runs a national awareness, education and prevention programs to empower survivors of sexual violence and enhance the public's understanding and acceptance of rape victims.

In FIND MY ID! posted at CrimeSucks, we learn that criminals can easily find your Social Security Number, Driver’s License Number, address, mother’s maiden name, bank account numbers, signature, and medical information in documents overzealous county clerks and their vendor partners are publishing on their websites.

In RAPE? posted at martin hills dot com, we get a discussion about the full scope of rape and who is responsible for changing attitudes about rape.


In Female circumcision banned in Indonesia at physician level posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about this ban on what is also called female genital mutilation.


In Should Children be Taught How to Say No? posted at Child protection: serious business., we get a discussions about how important it is that children understand they have the right to say no and have been allowed to say no enough that they can say no when it is appropriate.

In Human trafficking police manual for UN developed in Canada posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about a UN training manual to help police around the world combat human traffickers that is being developed with the assistance of the RCMP.

In Vatican: Beyond Women's Rights, Society Needs a "New Appreciation of Authentically Feminine Values" posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get an article by Gudrun Schultz about the Vatican's efforts to help fighting violence against girls and women.


In Japan Still in Denial About "Comfort Women" posted at Asian-Nation : Asian American Issues, Demographics, & Current Events, we get a discussion about Japan's refusal to acknowledge that during World War II they forced women to become sex slaves.

In 10 Questions: Linda Fairstein On Rape posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information that includes some history of rape and stalking laws.

In Blog Against Sexual Violence Day 5 April 2007 posted at Abyss2hope, I announce an event scheduled for April 5, the A Day To End Sexual Violence, which is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All bloggers are welcome to join this effort.

That concludes the 19th 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. 31 at 11 pm. The 20th edition will be out on Apr. 3.

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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posted by Marcella Chester @ 1:03 AM   2 comments links to this post


At March 15, 2007 12:21 AM, Blogger Megan Bayliss said...

Fantastic. Thanks Marcella. Am looking forward to having a whole day of Blogging Against Sexual Violence. I'll be away (on my honeymoon) but my thoughts will be with my sisters world wide (and I may even sneak off to an internet cafe to ensure that I have my 20 cents worth to say).
Take care everyone.
Megan in Australia

At March 28, 2007 3:05 AM, Blogger Cruella said...

I cover the legal issues of rape - conviction rates, counter-prosecutions, etc in quite a lot of depth on my blog. Please take a look...


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