Sunday, July 15, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 27

Welcome to the July 15, 2007 edition of the carnival against sexual violence.

Say Rape logo Before I begin the carnival, I want to take a moment to highlight an upcoming series of events related to the Nebraska rape case where Tory Bowen (name used with permission) was forbidden by the judge to describe what happened to her as rape and where she was supposed to use the word sex instead, there are going to be more rallies on Tuesday, July 17th at various court houses. Click on the link at left for more information.

Okay, now back to carnival business. 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 27th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

creative expression

In I Have Endured posted at Tori_Otsuki's Xanga, we get a poem which expresses the pain of enduring what no one should have to endure.


In Judge Banned Words Rape And Victim In Rape Case posted at Holly's Fight To Stop Violence, we get information about the case which has now gained national attention and learn that the case that ended in a hung jury the first time has ended in a mistrial.

Alleged Victim Banned From Saying Rape Refuses To Sign Waiver posted at Abyss2hope, I discuss Victoria Bowen's decision which was based on her belief that abiding by the restriction would require her to commit perjury in her testimony and I discuss Judge Jeffre Cheuvront's reaction to the backlash against his ruling.

In Consent in Multi-Partner Rape Cases: What Does “Yes” and “No” Mean in These Contexts? posted at, we get a discussion about how biases can keep people, including jurors, from acknowledging some rapes.

In Gang Rape Case Highlights How Consent Turns To Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case in the UK where a text message shows details of criminal behavior which many people don't acknowledge.

In Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling Concerning Admissions by Sex Offenders posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about a ruling which eliminates the practice of giving convicted sex offenders longer prison time if they don't admit guilt in sex offender treatment.

In Rape Victims in North Dakota No Longer Responsible for Evidence Exams posted at DakotaWomen, we get information about a recent policy change announced by the state's attorney general's office.

In Update on Gasparilla Girl posted at The Peeled Apple, we get information on the Florida rape case where the woman was jailed and denied EC.

In 20,000 rally out of outrage with the pleas bargain - Case of Israeli President, Moshe Katsav posted at Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, we get information on the plea deal which eliminated rape charges and the backlash which followed.

In Rape statistics are skewed - experts posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a discussion about whether police are trying to filter out some rape reports to keep their crime rates looking good.

In Rape Accuser Charged With Rape posted at Shakesville, we get a discussion about a case where a girl who disclosed sexual violence is being charged with statutory rape because she is 14 while the boy is 13 and under the age of consent.

In Murderer of 2 Year Old Niece Previously Dodged Rape Charges posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how the dismissal of a previous rape charge because that alleged victim was deemed non-credible allowed this man to be free to commit murder.

In Defendant Access to Child Porn Evidence posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about how to allow defendants access to evidence needed in order to have a fair trial without allowing defendants to use seized child porn for personal gratification.

In Preventing Recidivism Among Sex Offenders posted at Grits for Breakfast, we get a discussion of Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment's updated offender assessment rules which seek to better match the type and level of supervision to what has been shown to work for different types of sex offenders.

media watch

In The Featured Book posted at Law Dawg Blawg, we get information about the book, Just Words by John Conley and William M. O'Barr which looks at the power of words in the law including how words are used to try to discredit rape victims.

In Seriously, editors, how have you not gotten this yet? Rape is not sex posted at WIMN's Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND…, we get a discussion of the problem of referring to those accused of raping someone as being accused of having sex with that person.

In Letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor posted at Social Justice Feminist, we get a response to the idea that there are 2 humans involved when rape victims are given emergency contraceptives.

In When feminist librarians get blogs posted at Anything Said, we get a discussion of how book titles communicate core beliefs highlighted by the fact that books for women are titled with variations of Preventing Date Rape rather than Protecting Yourself From Date Rape.

In Don't Tell Anybody that Uncle is a Sexual Predator posted at Imaginif..., we get information about a book written by Joseph Halsey about his experience of 10 years of sexual abuse followed by a decade of silence which ended after suicide attempts and a nervous breakdown at the age of 23.

In Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson posted at Dewey, we get information about a young adult novel about a 9th grade girl who is raped at a party and what happens in her life after that event.

In Bad Reputation DVD News posted at Fatally Yours, we get information about a rape-revenge horror film which captures the cruelty of high school gang rapists and those who label the rape victim as a slut.

In YouPorn and PornTube. Really. posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion of supposedly adult-only sites that mimic YouTube.


In When Thieves See Situation posted at The Situationist, while this post is about criminals who scam the elderly, the victim blaming and systemic criminal enablement parallels attitudes about sex crimes.

personal stories

In One of "Those" People posted at ~Enola~, we get a raw look into the turmoil that comes as a survivor tries deal with what she's been through.

In The Human Cost of Rape and Hate Crime posted at Feminist Law Professors, we learn that the boy who was brutally raped and who later spoke out against hate crimes like the one he endured, jumped from a cruise ship and died.

In A girl walks into a bar posted at Excuse me while I put my foot in my mouth., we get insight into how a job helping victims can quickly deter unwanted male attention.

In The End of Denial & Minimization posted at Survivors Can Thrive!, this post gets very personal about the dynamics of the sexual violence Marj lived through and may be difficult to read. But, it raises important issues such as the common denial of statutory rape victims as real victims by those who know what's going on. When these people call child rape "an affair" or "philandering" or see the victim of child molestation as some kind of seductress, or even evil something is seriously wrong with the person using these labels.

raising awareness

In Rape: what grey area? posted at All Men Are Liars, we get a discussion about men's responsibility to prevent rape which was sparked by reaction to a previous post about false accusations of rape.

In Partner Rape posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about 3 different MOs of partner rape.

In Analytic Gap In U.S. Department of State's Human Trafficking Report: Condoleeza Rice Doesn't Seem To Care About Adults Forced Into Pornography posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about a major omission in the link between adult sex slavery and pornography.

In Culture and Reporting Sexual Violence posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about rapists who target recent immigrants since they believe these people will be less likely to report to the police.

In Rape crisis centres face closure posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion about the significant drop in the number of rape crisis centers operating in England and Wales since 1985 and the danger the remaining centers face when it comes to funding.

In The sex education issues parents worry about posted at Dr Petra Boynton I Blog, we get a discussion of common concerns and issues parents have about in-school sex education and some of the evidence related to those issues which should be considered before deciding that parent-only sex education is sufficient.

In Accidental Rape posted at This is Rape, we get a discussion about whether the idea of accidental rape is a myth designed to give rapists protection from being seen as real rapists.

In Hate Crimes posted at reSISTERance, we get a discussion of how normalized violence against women has become.

In Giving Rapists A Get Out Of Jail Free Card posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the dismissive reactions to the story about a Rhode Island rape case which was reported 32 years after the alleged crime.

In A Time of Hurt: lesbians raped, tortured and murdered posted at Taking Place, we get information about a dangerous trend in South Africa.

In Taking Sex Crime Seriously posted at In Cold Blog, we get a discussion by British author Carol Anne Davis about a variety of issues related to different sex crimes and puzzling attitudes about sex.


In Fear and fascination: Two polar reactions to sexual trauma posted at Imaginif..., we get a discussion using a fire analogy of how increased sexual activity after sexual trauma and avoidance of sexual activity after sexual trauma are closely related.

In ECT:Electroconvulsive Torture posted at Why Can't The Past Just Die, we get a discussion about the role of coercion in the treatment of psychiatric patients.


In Spencer on Wrongful Convictions & Acquittals posted at Legal Theory Blog, we get a discussion of a study which doesn't focus solely on what many people think of when talking about unjust verdicts.

In Rape Less Serious if Women Are Drunk & Scantily Clad posted at Counteract Now: Where The Right Is Not Right, we get a discussion of an Australian study that looked at whether changes in the description of the victim changed the participants' opinion about who was to blame for rape.

In New issue: Violence Against Women 13(7) posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information about articles in this issue which include: "The Factors Affecting Sexual Assaults Committed by Strangers and Acquaintances" by Lynn Pazzani.

In Research Behind Wrongful Criminal Verdicts posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the importance of looking at wrongful criminal verdicts as more than wrongful convictions as is done in the study: On Measuring the Balance Between Wrongful Convictions and Wrongful Acquittals in Criminal Trials by Bruce Spencer, Northwestern University - Institute for Policy Research.


In Rape Survivors Should Be Given Access to PEP To Prevent HIV Transmission posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about medical treatment which isn't always offered to those who have been raped.

That concludes this 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 July 29 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on August 1.

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 @ 12:05 AM   8 comments links to this post


At July 15, 2007 12:03 AM, Anonymous Megan Bayliss said...

Thanks for all the hard work against sexual violence Marcella.

You know, if ever you want a break from the carnival, Imaginif would be more than happy to host for you over at the largest online child protection conversation in the world.

At July 15, 2007 8:38 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Megan, You're welcome.

I'll put you on the list of those who expressed interest in hosting an edition.

I'm going to think about this some more and how, if there are guest hosts, to leverage their strengths and their specific focus.

The carnival has never had theme editions and that may be where potential guest hosts may work best.

At July 15, 2007 9:07 AM, Blogger Dewey said...

Thanks for including my post! Did someone send it to you, or did you just happen upon it?

Off to read the other posts now!

At July 15, 2007 9:32 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Dewey, your post is one I stumbled upon and nominated since it made such an important distinction.

At July 15, 2007 11:48 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Hi Marcella,
Thank you for the hard work and the new logo is silent a rape victim is wrong. I truly hope Tony Bowen gets her day in court in her fight for justice. take care Holly

At July 18, 2007 10:33 AM, Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Great carnival, Marcella. Thanks for including me. I'm getting around to reading the posts.

At July 19, 2007 5:08 PM, Blogger Cruella said...

Hey thanks very much for including me. Great carnival. I've just put up the carnival of the feminists over at mine. Please come have a browse some time.

At July 26, 2007 10:33 AM, Blogger v said...

Thank you also for including me and for putting these carnivals together.


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