Friday, June 01, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 24

Welcome to the June 1, 2007 edition of the carnival against sexual violence. This edition marks the one year anniversary of the carnival. Thanks to all those who have participated over the last year.

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 24th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In May 18, 1977 posted at Why Can't The Past Just Die, we see the impact of the dismissive attitude many people show toward the trauma created when a 4 year-old girl is sexually abused by a 13 year old girl.

In education posted at eros, logos, we get a story of a woman's first exposure to porn and her later discovery of innocent pictures of herself as a child surrounded by pornographic pictures. Warning: Nudity on page's sidebar.

creative expression

In The Second Rape by Aus Rotten posted at Lacking Value, we get a poem which brings the revictimization of rape victims into sharp focus.


In More NCJRS Abstracts, May 20, 2007 posted at Corrections Sentencing, we get information about two studies. Wrongful Convictions Among Women: An Exploratory Study of a Neglected Topic and Comparing Gang and Individual Rapes in a Community Sample of Urban Women.

In Addressing Jurors’ Preconceived Notions about Scientific Evidence posted at Trial Advocacy Tips, we get information about a study which looks at whether the so-called CSI effect reduces convictions where there is no scientific evidence.


In It's time to end rape nightmare posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article by Janet Fife-Yeomans and Lisa Davies which discusses the problems in the way rape victims are treated by police, prosecutors and health workers when they report and how that relates to the low percentage of rapes which are reported.

In OR GOP Rep Krieger: Its not a man's fault if she begs for it posted at Loaded Orygun, we get a discussion of victim-blaming remarks made in support of a bill in Oregon that would change the requirements for sex offender reporting in certain cases.

In We failed rape victims: A-G posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we learn that Attorney-General John Hatzistergos from Australia has pledged action for rape victims, including updating the rape statutes, after admitting the system had failed them for years.

In Anonymity in Rape Case Early Day Motion posted at The F-Word Blog, we get information about a motion to protect the anonymity of rape victims in the UK including background information on why this motion is needed and what citizens can do if they support this motion.

In The Duke Affect posted at Prosecutor Post-Script, we get a discussion of a National Law Journal article which shows that defense attorneys are making comments about the Duke case in attempt to prejudice the jury to disregard evidence against their clients.

legal - sentencing

In The Death Penalty for Child Rape: Why Louisiana Should Thank Texas posted at PrawfsBlawg, we get a discussion of how the US Supreme Court has been basing death penalties rulings on state trends and what may happen if the trend in state death penalty laws changes.

In Louisiana v. Kennedy posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about the Louisiana Supreme court ruling which upholds the death penalty for the only person on death row in the US for a crime where the victim didn't die.

In Cities zone out sex offenders posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about housing and work restrictions in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama which remove registered sex offenders in some areas while concentrating them in other areas.

In One Size Does Not Fit All posted at Corrections Sentencing, we get a discussion of the problem of not looking at the specifics of the crime and the continued risk when deciding how those convicted of sex-related crime will be handled including whether or not a particular criminal should be on the sex offender registry.

In Men ask to be taken off sex offender registry posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we learn about a change in the process for how sex offenders are removed from the North Carolina's Sex Offender Registry.

legal - cases

In Rape Interrupted But No Evidence of Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the news that no charges will be filed in a case where 3 women interrupted a group of men, including members of the De Anza baseball team, watching another man have sex with a semi-conscious girl who had vomit on her face.

In Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom's slayings posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get an article by Jamie Satterfield about how the victims of a vicious crime are getting lost in the coverage of this case.

In State of Ohio puts Cleveland Psychiatric Unit on probation in rape probe posted at Psych Watch, we get information about 4 alleged sexual assaults of patients on the same day which resulted in an outside agency employee being taken into police custody.

In US Marshals Service on Rabbi Alan Horowitz posted at Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, we get information about the recent capture of a fugitive serial child molester and learn how the U.S. Marshals Service worked to locate this fugitive where he was hiding in India.

In Track Coach Klint Wescom Sexually Assaults Female Student, Evidence Found on posted at Teacher Smackdown, we learn about a case including what charges have been files.

In BLAMING THE VICTIM IS SHAMEFUL posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS. we get a discussion of the decision by fake firefighter rapist, Peter Braunstein's attorney to blame an ex-girlfriend, who was a friend of the victim, for his criminal actions.

media watch

In Newspaper Pulp posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion of how a defense attorney's statements were reported as valid news by The London Paper which is given out free to commuters.

In The ‘Yacub 7 Ali’ hoax posted at Undercover Black Man, we get a discussion of a web site that presents a glorification of black on white violence supposedly written by a black man which is now being referenced as if it were legitimate.

In Women Writing Rape: Literary and Theoretical Narratives of Sexual Violence posted at Literature Compass Blog, we get information about an interdisciplinary symposium held recently in the UK.

In Rape Apologist Amy Alkon of C-Ville Weekly gets Flamed. posted at Feminist Nation, we get a discussion of responses to a female advice columnist who called the 1 in 4 rape statistic "outrageous man-bashing propaganda."

In Review: Rosita posted at Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty, we get a review of a documentary made about a 9-year-old girl who was raped and the struggles she and her family faced in Costa Rica when the rape resulted in pregnancy.

In Raw Deal? posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about a documentary about the alleged rape of a stripper at a University of Florida fraternity house in 1999 which was taped by a fraternity member.

In georgia rule posted at Thinking Girl, we get a discussion of the movie Georgia Rule and some of the sexual violence issues brought up in the movie. Warning: contains spoilers.

In European Muslims : Truth Versus Fiction posted at aidan maconachy, saying, "we get a discussion of the misuse of rape statistics to support anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant views."

In I have PMS and a gun... - Lj-Deletions posted at I have PMS and a gun, we get information about LiveJournal's deletion of blogs with interests related to sexual violence and how that is deleting survivor blogs.

In Objectified Online: "Nobody Really Sees Me" posted at Our Bodies Our Blog, we get a discussion of Allison Stokke's ordeal which began with an unauthorized use of a photo of the young athlete.

raising awareness

In "His Raping Fantasies Weren't Sexual" posted at Threat Assessment and Management, we get a discussion about how the truth behind a forensic psychiatrist's statement at a murder trial can be misunderstood and how that misunderstanding leads to wrong assumptions about those who commit sex crimes.

In If I Were In That Situation I Wouldn't posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how people use faulty projections to dismiss certain rapes and other forms of sexual violence.

In Human Trafficking posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article about efforts to deal with the problem of human trafficking in Las Vegas since it is one of the top destinations for human trafficking victims.

In Death Penalty For Rapists Meant To Protect Most Rapists? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how people are using the existence of the death penalty for child rape as a reason to smear some children who are victims of rape or sexual abuse or to turn them into equal partners in the adult's crime.

In Unamazing... posted at AngryBlackBitch, we get a discussion about the idea that volunteering makes a person amazing and the implications that has on us as a society.

In Where You Rape A Lady And Go Free - Vegas Sex Industry posted at Cultures & Traditions, we get a discussion sparked by a sex trafficking raid where the Johns were released and the girls prostituted were originally reported as being arrested along with those who trafficked them sexually.

In The Mahoney Code? posted at Roman Catholic Blog, we get information about a code used by Catholic leaders when discussing problem priests including one priest on the run from rape charges.


In Rape Trauma Syndrome Impact on the Survivor posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information on how rape trauma syndrome can impact the varied responses of rape victims beginning from the time immediately after being raped.

In ABUSE VICTIMS MISDIAGNOSED, AUTHOR ASSERTS posted at Why Can't The Past Just Die, we get a discussion of people who are suffering from PTSD when they are being treated for borderline personality disorder.


In INCITE! v. AMC collaboration posted at omnicrisis, we get information about INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence's co-sponsorship of a Women of Color / Trans Folks of Color Track at the 2007 Allied Media Conference on June 22-24 in Detroit, MI.

In The New Website for Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we learn about a new resource for Canadians which includes helping victims access federal programs through information and referrals, addressing victims' complaints, enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims and exploring systemic issues which have a negative impact on crime victims.

In Rape Prevention For Women That Doesn't Let Men Off The Hook posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a non-violent method of defense against attempted rape which isn't useful only for stranger rape where violence is seen as justified.


In If Pain is More than Skin Deep, why Harm the Skin? posted at Imaginif..., we are presented with a down to earth article on self harming. When we speak of childhood abuse (both physical and sexual), we know that body boundaries have been crossed, emotions have been altered and voices have been silenced. However, cutting is not the only way for a survivor to have a voice. We can learn to use our physical voice and loudly call for an end to sexual violence and a preservation of inner peace.

In Court Orders Girl to Spread and Multiply. posted at, we get information about Judge Ronald Alvarez's ruling that a 13 year old girl was "too young and immature to make an informed medical decision" when he issued a temporary injunction forbidding the girl from getting an abortion and we get a reminder that no injunction can truly freeze the status of a fetus.

That concludes the 24th 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 June 12 at 11 pm. The 25th edition will be out on June 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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At June 01, 2007 12:04 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Hi Marcella,
Congratulations on the First Anniversary of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence. Your advocating and writing has touch many survivors of sexual violence. Including myself, thank you for everything you have done in respect to my personal journey. It has truly been a honour. In knowing I had support during this journey.

The Carnival Against Sexual Violence has been very important in my life. I know your message and all the contributors voices are being read. I look forward to the next year of bringing awareness and education to sexual violence.
Warm wishes and chat soon Holly


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