Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 28

Welcome to the August 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 28th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:


In Time for men to face up to the challenge of change posted at Sideview, we get a discussion about what men can and should do about what are often seen as women's issues.

In Bringing Men and Boys into the Rape Conversation posted at blogs, we get a discussion that compares what girls are taught in high school about rape prevention vs. what boys are taught.

In Their Own Words: Men Trivializing Rape posted at Adonis Mirror, we get a discussion of ways that men who declare they are against rape use the word rape in ways that intentionally minimize rape.


In Rape prosecution - an uphill battle posted at "In the News" by Karen Franklin, Ph.D., we get a discussion about how linguistic devices can cue jurors to place the victim into biased cultural narratives, such as the alleged victim as a "scorned woman" which aim to classify her as unreliable and untrustworthy without making a direct claim which can be disputed. This becomes easier if the defense gets to control the language used in court.

In JURY AWARDS $750,000 IN NURSING HOME RAPE CASE posted at Legal Medicine, we get information about a lawsuit that stemmed from a rape of a 77 year old female resident by a 83 year old male resident with an undisclosed history of 58 arrests and 2 sex crime convictions.

In JUROR MISCONDUCT AND FAIR TRIAL: COM. V. WOOD (COA 6/22/2007) posted at Kentucky Court Report - SCOKY & COA, we get information about a Kentucky court ruling related to members of a jury using a dictionary to look up the definition of rape.

In First Amendment Protections and the CourtOn Frid... posted at Prosecutor Post-Script, we get a discussion on the Nebraska rape case where the word "rape" was banned from the perspective of an ex-prosecutor of sex crimes.

In NJ: Another DNA exonerationInnocent man jailed... posted at Strange Justice, we get details of an investigation which initially had the real criminal as a suspect, but ended up using that man as a prosecution witness, and we learn that the guilty man went on to commit at least 3 brutal rapes before the DNA which cleared the innocent man implicated him.

In Sex Abuse Victim Fights To Change Ohio Law posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about a new law that prevents those convicted of sex crimes against children from ever having those convictions erased from their records.

In Five Young Girls Found Dead -When Authorities Don't do Their Job Innocent People Die posted at Elder Abuse, we see how a non-felony incest conviction after a 1990 violent rape of a half-sister stopped a man from being viewed by officials as a dangerous sex offender until he was arrested for murder.

In Something's Missing From The Baltimore Maryland Police Station In Child Rape Case Against Police Officer William Welch - Evidence posted at Bad Cop News, we get information about the loss of evidence where the defendant is a local police officer and we get a call to have a separate law enforcement agency hold evidence in cases like this one.

In Rape Sentenced Reduced for Victims' Drinking posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about a ruling by the Osaka High Court in Japan where the victim's actions were described as helping to trigger the rape.

In 12 year old raped by axe weilding men,yet judge calls it consensual sex posted at thoughtsofadyingregime, we get information about a case in the Maldeves where a girl was snatched from her bed.

In Maldives says it's OK to rape 12 yr old girls post-puberty?!! posted at Jaa's Blog, we get a discussion of a judge's ruling on a rape case where 4 men broke into a girl's bedroom with an axe and the judge called the sex consensual.

In A Novel Plan for Boosting Rape Convictions posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about a proposal in Scotland to give rape victims their own attorneys to ensure that victim's rights are not ignored or trampled on.

In Judging and Misjudging Guilt and Innocence posted at Tillers on Evidence and Inference, we get a discussion about the faulty assumptions behind the blanket statement "rape [is] the classic crime in which DNA can categorically prove innocence."

In To a new kind of sleuth, phones leave a rich trail posted at EDD Blog Online, we get information on cell phone forensics which played a key role in the rape investigation which led to charges against University of Minnesota football player Dominic Jones.

In Don't mention the war. posted at PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer, we get a discussion about a rape case that ended because the alleged victim reported after seeing the defendant in the news because of his trial for the rape of a 6 year old. Since the man was convicted on that earlier charge the defense attorney claimed he wouldn't be able to get a fair trial on this charge.

media watch

In Antioch Blame Wrongly Placed – letter to the Berkshire Eagle posted at Antiochians, we get a response to a letter that placed partial blame for the closing of Antioch College on their well-known policy regarding sexual activity and consent.

In Analysis of WWE misogyny absent from Benoit murder coverage posted at Sport in Society, we get a discussion about the news coverage of the double murder, suicide committed by a pro-wrestler and how it is focusing too much on the role of steroids in this crime.

In NO ANSWERS - ONLY QUESTIONS posted at On The Ponderosa, we get a discussion about news stories about the violent gang rape where a mother and son were assaulted in Florida including those which exploited horrific details of the crime to catch the attention of the public.

In False allegations of rape not as common as the Mail would have you believe posted at TheGirlFromMarz, we get a discussion of news coverage which plays into stereotypes that often lead to a backlash against rape laws and enforcement of those laws.

In Media, Politicians Ignore NAACP's Pleas On Behalf Of The Jena Six posted at Too Sense, we get a discussion that contrasts the media response to the Duke case with another case where black high school students were protesting nooses that white students had attached to a tree in the school yard.

personal stories

In Guest Blogger Patrick with More on Grief: Where Religion Fails Me posted at Dragon Slayer, we get an account of one man's struggle with grief following the murder of his sister, Sue, as a result of domestic violence and how people who say it must have been part of God's plan have it wrong.

In "How did you recover?" posted at writing evolution, we get one person's answer to a tough question.

raising awareness

In LIES ABUSERS TELL THEIR VICTIMS posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a list of some of what abusers will say in order to keep their victims in line, and in order to keep the blame away from themselves.

In The Power and Control Wheel posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get an introduction to a tool which can help people understand various elements of the dynamics of domestic abuse.

In Mythology That Victims Decide To Enjoy Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I respond to a question I found which put forth the idea that some rape victims decide to sit back and enjoy rape.

In PROSTITUTION IS ABUSE posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of the effects of prostitution which includes damage to reproductive organs, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood and dissociative disorders.

In I've been out in London posted at Well I'll Go To The Foot Of My Stairs..., we get a discussion about the second Purple Protest against unacceptably low rape conviction rates in the UK.

In An accomplice to rape posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get an article about the current state of justice for rape victims in Scotland.

In Nursing home kicks out victim of rape by an employee posted at Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog, we learn about allegations against a Texas nursing home which wouldn't allow a patient to return after allegations that she had been raped by a staff member.

In New Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking in Tennessee posted at Women's Health News, we learn that Nashville is getting a chapter of the Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Coalition, a program of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, due to concerns about people being trafficked in to work in sex slavery.

In My Father The Rape Apologist posted at the Science Ethicist, we see how easy it is for people can be dismissive of valid concerns related to sexual violence.

In Overlooked amid Sudan's civil war, Lost Girls finding a voice: Years later, handful of Dallas women share how they fled war zone posted at Sudan: The Passion of the Present, we get a discussion of the girls who faced similar challenges as the lost boys of the Sudan but who often weren't asked about their experiences.

In A Letter to Catholics posted at Fearless Philosophy For Free Minds, we get a response to the actions within the Catholic church related to the recent $660 million settlement by the Los Angeles archdiocese which highlights how the abuses and poor response to those abuses undermine the credibility of the official positions of the Catholic church.

In SUPPORTING OUR FEMALE TROOPS TOO posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about how sexual violence goes against the cherished ideals about how all soldiers should be treated.

In Sexual Violence Costs Minnesota 8 Billion Dollars Per Year But ... posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a study which may be the first of its kind which looks at the costs of sexual violence and identifies who shoulders different costs.

In thoughts that stop you from sleeping posted at Black Looks, we get a frank discussion about the personal impact gender violence has on those who can relate to the victims.

In A Time of Hurt: lesbians raped, tortured and murdered posted at Black Looks, we get information about these crimes and a public response calling for justice in these cases and an end to the violence.


In HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOCK posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of responding to stressful or traumatic situations with a freeze response.

In Post-Rape Fears posted at Patricia Sherman - Healing is possible, we get advice from an assistant professor of social work and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program at Kean University which was given in response to a rape survivor's question about how to deal with the fear of the rapist finding her and her daughter.


In Childhood Trauma Remembered posted at Sadly Normal, we get a link to a report subtitled "A Report on the Current Scientific Knowledge Base and its Applications" with contributors from a variety of universities and organizations.

In Illinois Eyewitness Identification Study is unreliable, according to leading social scientists posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information about research which casts doubt on the Illinois Eyewitness Identification Field Study which was used to resist changes in suspect identification processes.


In Help Provide $15 Million for Victim Services posted at CALCASA Public Policy, we get information about a bill that will bring funding to help victims of crime in California.

In Support Blogathon for Stop It Now! July 28 posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I introduce my fundraising efforts for an organization that works to prevent child sexual abuse. Please check out the links to the posts I wrote -- a new one every half hour -- for 24 hours straight.

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 August 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on August 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 August 01, 2007 2:51 PM, Blogger Aerik said...

Very good. A large, thorough carnival. Excellent.

Thanks for featuring my post that also was featured in carnival of the feminists, as well.

At August 01, 2007 4:21 PM, Blogger ms_xeno said...

Hey, abyss, thanks for all the info. Looks to be lots of worthwhile reading here.

A little coda for you: rape apology rears its head at Daily Kos.


At August 02, 2007 1:31 PM, Anonymous witchy-woo said...

Another fabulous round-up - thank you.

And thanks for including my
Purple Protest post. The next PP in London is in a couple of weeks and if anyone would like to join us just get in touch.

At August 04, 2007 12:03 AM, Anonymous Barbara said...

Fantastic & informative job, as always!


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