Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 22

Welcome to the May 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 22th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In Letter to that Girl - I am Sorry posted at ~Enola~, we see how easy it is to make wrong assumptions about what we see which can lead us to not recognize rape when it is happening or in the days that follow.

In Do unto the rape victim posted at Journeying Forward, we see how a police mistake -- putting the survivor in the back of a police car and taking her to the crime scene where her rapist and everyone around him to saw her -- created fear which turned a true account into something too vague to be credible in court. That police mistake led to the case not being pursued and supported the lie that she had made a false accusation.

In on the record posted at Taking Steps, we get one woman's thoughts about what would have happened if her rape had been reported and whether she would have been viewed the way many are viewing the alleged victim in the Duke case.

raising awareness

In COPS & HOSPITAL OFTEN RETRAUMATIZE RAPE VICTIMS posted at HOLLY'S FIGHT TO STOP VIOLENCE, we get a story by Christina Boyle about the ways the police and other early responders can harm rape victims by failing to consider basic needs of victims such as clothing to replace clothes bagged as evidence and the fact that in a survey only one third of the victims were asked if they had a safe place to go to.

In Why don't women report rape? posted at Screaming Into The Void, we get answers to this frequently asked question which many times implies that not reporting makes a rape victim suspect.

In A little too real. posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of a postcard on Postsecret about a woman consenting to have sex with the man who raped her so she could deny that what happened was a real rape. The comments reveal similar experiences and some of the attitudes which impact this type of denial.

In Child Rape Victim • Does Society Really Care? posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article by Dr. Gyakua Plange-Rhule about treating a 13-year-old girl's physical problems while the rest of the medical team adamently refused to see that the problems were caused by rape (which had been noted in the referal).

In Unrecognized Injustice ? The Situation of Rape posted at The Situationist, we get a discussion about how rape prototypes impact what is accepted as real rape and which rapes are most likely to be successfully prosecuted.

In Join Voices with Native American and Alaska Native Women posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get a discussion on the Amnesty International report which showed that Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the United States in general. A complex maze of tribal, state and federal jurisdictions allows perpetrators to rape with impunity and in some cases even encourages assaults.

In Duke Lacrosse Case Report Exposes Flaws In State's Understanding Of Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how the much-publicized inconsistencies in the alleged victims statements were misused.

In What you need to know about STALKING? posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, while being the target of a stalker can be a dangerous and scary experience there are ways to deal with this crime that can make you safer and help you feel empowered.

In Underage Drinking and Date Rape Often Go Hand in Hand posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a viewpoint by Fathe Alexis Miller designed to help give parents insight and a reason to talk to their children about drinking.

In Emotional abuse link-farm posted at muttering in a corner, saying, "we get links to a variety of excellent posts and articles about emotional abuse."

In J: Duke Professors Recieving Racist, Threatening E-mails - one year later: still being justified by the ?listening ad? posted at UBUNTU!, we get information about death threats being made against Duke professors who participated in the much maligned and mischaracterized "We're listening" ad. I've never quoted from selected posts, but this quote says it all: "Does it matter at all that in 2007, at a leading institution of higher education, black women who name racism as a problem are still under threat of being strung up from a tree?"

In DON'T posted at Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty, we get a reaction to finding the search "rape a woman" "get away with it" in the referrals and how someone who made that search would read the post he found.


In What to Do if You Are a Male Rape Victim posted at Finding Your Marbles, we get a discussion aimed at men and boys who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

media watch

In Review of "Till Domestic Violence Does Us Part?" posted at Deaf Blog: Alternative Solutions Center (ASC), we get a review of a new video about domestic violence, made by Deaf filmmakers, for Deaf viewers (an audience too often left out of awareness campaigns).

In Rags-To-Rapist posted at I'm sick of your insane demands., we get a discussion of the NYT headline: "The Designer Who Liked Models" about a man charged with multiple rapes.

In Rapist Doll for Sale at Toys-R-Us? posted at theGarance.com, we get information on the doll: Grindhouse Rapist No. 1 based on the character played by Quentin Tarantino.

In This just in from Planet WTF posted at MissUnderestimated, we get a response to the claim that "If your son attends a co-ed college or university in the United States, and he is actively heterosexual, it is likely that a female student will falsely accuse him of rape"

In Christina Aguilera is All About Ending Domestic Violence posted at shedwa, we get learn about a PSA for the Lifetime network.

In Secret Life, Channel 4, 19/04/07 posted at A walk into the fire, we get a review of a TV show that deals with sexual violence issues focusing on a sex offender who is trying to not re-offend.

In shedwa: Childrens' Abuse Drawings posted at shedwa, we see some of the drawings from children who have been sexually abused.

In Violent video games - recent research posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information on research which explores the relationship between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.


In Won't believe the hype. posted at Sparkle*Matrix, we get a discussion of the myth which is being pitched by many people right now that a rape accusation ruins a man's life.

In Rapist's teary contrition, family's cold disdain clash at hearing posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information on the rationale used by a rapist/murderer to explain why he should have been released from prison.

In Jury to Be Picked in Dungeon Rape Trial posted at Lawinfo Weblog, we get information about alleged kidnappings and sex crimes that happened in a hidden underground room after the man charged was released from prison on a previous conviction despite a request to have him committed.

In Rape Suspect Brags About His Dungeon Claims Sex With 2 Teens Held There Consensual posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how the habit of positioning the alleged rapist as the real victim is spreading from the Duke case.

In Alleged Dungeon Rapist Goes Free posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about how this case entrenches the idea put forth by some that any inconsistencies by alleged rape victims should be followed by an acquital and how this attitude may be part of trend.

In They Wanted It posted at Shakesville, we get a discussion of the acquital of the man accused of raping 2 girls in a homemade bunker and that the decision was likely made based on assumptions about what "real" rape victims do after serious trauma.

In 200th DNA Exoneration Vs. Umpteenth Shocking Acquital posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the way some people use DNA exonerations to create an impression that thousands of wrongful convictions have been proven while ignoring all cases where there are wrongful acquitals.

In Children Blamed for Child Sexual Abuse posted at Child protection: serious business., we get a discussion of case where pervasive criminal behavior was used not against the sexual abuser but against his victims. Even though he was beloved in his town before the charges came out, afterwards his victims should have known what type of man he was.

In Girls Deaths Ends The Investigation Into Their Rapes posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss 2 very different cases and how the evidence of the case should be what determines if the case is over not simply the death of the alleged victim.


In It's all about sex, baby posted at open windows, we get a discussion on India's debate about whether sex-education should be made mandatory in schools or not.

In Naming rape victim a dangerous precedent posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get an opinion piece by Myron Pitts, a man who was falsely accused himself, that highlights how this practice will make it easier for the most powerful to get away with rape because the chances are now higher that the alleged victim will not have her identity shielded at all.

In Be Nice to Loners Campaign posted at Prosecutor Post-Script, we get a discussion about whether being nicer to others who are more isolated can help prevent crimes.

In How To Improve The National Violence Against Women Survey Of Rape posted at Alas, a blog, we get the first in a series of posts about how to improve the measurement of rape.

In Relapse Prevention with Sexual Aggressors posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we information about this issue including the evidence which shows that the use of traditional mental health interventions are ineffective.


In Woman Wrongly Convicted in WI is Released posted at Feminist Law Professors, we learn about a case that shows that men accused of rape aren't the only ones wrongfully convicted.

In Enough Please with the Free Speech Nonsense posted at Slant Truth, we get a response to those who demand to be allowed to say whatever they want on other people's blogs because to reject a comment is to violate someone's first amendment rights.

That concludes the 22nd 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 May 12 at 11 pm. The 23nd edition will be out on May 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, http://carnivalagainstsexualviolence.blogspot.com/

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   4 comments links to this post


At May 01, 2007 12:48 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Another Great Carnival Marcella,
Thank you for including my contributions. To everyone who submitted, I look forward to reading each post.
Sincerely Holly Desimone

At May 01, 2007 12:55 PM, Anonymous Jasmine said...

Thanks Marcella! For your support of our work, and your sustained work to speak out about sexual violence. It is so important... Much love -

- J

At May 02, 2007 9:48 AM, Blogger sparkleMatrix said...

Excellent carnival Marcella.
Thank you x

At October 29, 2008 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


thought of you when I saw this.


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