Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 29

Welcome to the August 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.

Here are the selections for the 29th edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

creative expression

In Support Law To Create Consensual Sex Registry posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I provide a tongue-in-cheek suggestion which provides proof for all those who complain that any services available specifically to rape victims may also be used by those who haven't been raped.


In Al Rantel, Oliver North and Jack McClellan: a long post about pedophilia and macho posturing posted at Hugo Schwyzer, we get a discussion of men who talk about how they'd assault men who are attracted to young girls but who also insult those trying to protect slightly older girls and women from sexual predators.

In A very late response posted at Sublunary Limins, we get a discussion of the criticism of the Ten Things Men Can Do to End Men’s Violence Against Women and how the list isn't aimed at the wrong people.


In Look how EQUAL we are: posted at PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer, we get a stark example of how different the attitudes within law enforcement are related to rape reports depending on the gender of the victim.

In Lawsuit Settlement In Works After True Rape Allegations Ignored posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case where the injustice came not from believing a false report, but in not believing a true report.

In Collateral Damage? How Many Rape Victims Were Necessary Before Arrest was Made? posted at Jane Devin, we get a discussion of the dismissive way police treated a rape victim who managed to memorize a partial license plate number of her attacker, who was eventually caught but only after raping at least 4 other women.

In Parents' ire grows at pedophile's unabashed blog... posted at Prosecutor Post-Script, we get a discussion about the legal issues which allow a self-proclaimed pedophile to blog in general terms about how to commit this sort of crime.

In The Pedophile Blogger posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about a blogger who has been convicted of no crimes but who declares himself to be a pedophile and we get information about the legal response to this man's actions.

In This is the Best We Can Do posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of what is behind the headline "House Approves Funding to Combat Abuse, Rape of Indigenous Women" and how it ignores the primary issues identified in an Amnesty International report.

In Is this Criminal or Appropriate Revenge? posted at Sex Crimes, we get information on a 26-year old woman who murdered her father in what police believe to a response to years of abuse.

In PA - Girl, 13, charged with shooting father to death posted at Sadly Normal, we get information about the case where the victim allegedly abused the girl who shot him.

In Subway Groping Makes the News posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the New York subway system and the plans being made to combat those serious problems.

In How many rape allegations do cops need to face before they get canned? posted at Defending Those People, we get information about a Rhode Island police officer who has been arrested for sexual assault and who was previously charged but not convicted with sex crimes.

In Gerald Pabst Passed the Polygraph Twice, But Is Now Implicated by DNA in 1986 Rape, Murder posted at News, we get information about a case which shows us why polygraphs are not proof of guilt or proof of innocence.

In Juror Art Spoils Rape Conviction? posted at Deliberations, we get a discussion of a case in the UK where the conviction was overturned at least in part because a juror doodled during the trial. Jurors in the same trial apparently also tested the strength of women's underwear to see how they compared to the one's worn by the alleged victim.

In Risky Business: Defendant Testifies in Rape Trial posted at Legal Pad, we get a discussion of a case where the defendant claimed a gesture in a previous interaction led him to place rope over the alleged victim's throat and then press down with that rope because he thought she'd like it.

In Sexual assaults on campus then and now posted at Quaker Ranter Martin Kelley, we get a discussion about the advances in the official response at Villanova to reports of sexual assault since the late 1980s.

In untitled posted at Women of Color Blog, we get a discussion about what to do to prevent crimes such as the gang rape in the projects of West Palm Beach and how those who do have valid ideas which don't involve destroying housing for the poor are often ignored or dismissed.

In It's not about legalizing rape so much as declaring it a metaphysical impossibility posted at Reclusive Leftist, we get a reaction to the latest case, this time in the Air Force, where a woman who reported rape has had the system turn on her for very shaky reasons.

In The Air Force's Rape Culture posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a reaction to the case where a woman who reported being raped is being court martialed and get information about how this case fits with a pattern of response to allegations of rape.

In Next Duke Case In The Military? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the major flaws in a comment made on a Feministing post which compared the airmen who were given immunity on rape charges to the defendants in the Duke case.

In Unprosecuted Abuse of Native American Women posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about how laws stripping indian tribes from having jurisdiction over serious crimes like murder, rape and felony assault contributes to crime against native women committed by non-native men.

In HPD Assistant Chief: Oral sex performed to avoid arrest was consensual posted at Grits for Breakfast, we get a discussion of a case where a Houston Texas police officer pleaded guilty to coercing a woman with the threat of jail which has now resulted in a civil suit.

In Unfounded Case Then, Big Case Now posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case that might have been caught sooner if a previous report which didn't include physical contact -- and therefore was labeled unfounded -- had led to a broader investigation.

media watch

In Has Big Brother hit a misogynistic high? posted at Crocodile Caucus, we get a discussion about the stark difference between what viewers saw of Dick's behavior on the network show (curmudgeon who hides his caring side) shown on CBS vs. what viewers of the live feed saw (verbal abuser who intimidates women).

In I suspect the reporting on this trial will just get worse posted at Take Back the News, we get a discussion of the coverage of a rape case that resulted when a police recruit gave his fingerprints and those were matched to prints found at the crime scene.

In Book Review Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape Case posted at Memoirs of a Lost Soul, we get information about a book that is about more than a shocking rape, but also about the attitudes which contributed to the crime.

In Rape is Normal posted at Unscheduled Outrage, we get an article entitled Men's pleasure, women's pain: A dangerous sexual ethic is woven into cultural fabric by Robert Jensen.

In If you wanted to know about rape these are the books I would hand you posted at Caught In A Street Side Pillow Fight, we get information on a variety of informative and helpful books.

In Cinema, Power, and Change posted at Smart Girls Who Do It, we get a discussion about what makes a fictional character a powerful women and what that says about us.

In Semantics, Anyone? posted at The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society, we get a reaction to The Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise comments about Michael Vick which compared his alleged crime to athletes accused of rape.

In Narrow Bridge - The film is now complete posted at Unorthodox-Jew A Critical View of Orthodox Judaism, we get information about a narrative film about a young Jewish man's struggle to overcome memories of being molested by his rabbi as a child which is based on the true story of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko and the trail of victims he left over 40 years of molesting children.

personal stories

In Not Talking To Dad posted at, we learn of a daughter who can't forgive the father she once adored for abusing his granddaughters and for refusing to admit the harm he's done and we see how that affects her own healing.

raising awareness

In Women still the target of sexual violence posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion about continuing violence against women in the Congo.

In Rape posted at Jeremy Rosen's Blog, we get a discussion about claims that Jewish law or the bible condones rape.

In An Idiot's Guide for Rape Victims posted at PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer, we get a list of tips for rape victims based on what in our current legal system tells us will improve their odds of getting a conviction in the current criminal justice system.

In Adolescent sex offenders Part 3: Legal issues posted at Adolescent Sexuality Today with Karen Rayne, Ph.D., we get a discussion of the difficulty in assessing whether an adolescent is likely to become a repeat offender because of adolescents’ rapid social, emotional, and cognitive development. Make sure to follow the links at the beginning of the post to the previous 2 posts on this subject.

In AN IN-DEPTH VIEW OF THE SICKNESS INSIDE AN ABUSIVE MARRIAGE posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about aspects of an abusive relationship which aren't obvious (like bruises) including how abuse can make the victim look unstable and how abuse can impact the victim's thought processes and decision making.

In If the Prince had Sex with Ella Enchanted, would it be Rape? posted at Cheerful Megalomaniac, we get a discussion about what happens when a woman's inability to say no is deliberately exploited.

In Sexual Violence: Fact Sheet posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get a wide range of useful information.

In THE LEMMING EFFECT posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we learn about a theory that explains why some people provide tacit support for abuse.


In Addictive Relationships: Some Warning Signs, Hard Lessons Learned -podcast- posted at Addiction Recovery Basics, we get useful advice and see that ending a bad relationship can be a successful outcome.


In Suicidal Ideation and Spousal Abuse posted at Providentia, we get information about a study that looks at the link between spousal abuse and the abuse victim's risk of being suicidal.

In New Study Looks at Prevalence of HIV Infection Among Sex Trafficked Women and Girls posted at Our Bodies Our Blog, we get information about research which focuses on Nepalese girls and women who have been trafficked.

In Aftershocks: Childhood abuse lives on, creating sleepless nights posted at Sadly Normal, we get a discussion of research done which looks at the role childhood abuse can have on insomnia in adults.

In Why do some men insult their partners? posted at BPS Research Digest, we get information about why men demean their partners including the idea that some do this as a way to make their partner too insecure to leave them.

In New issue: Aggressive Behavior 33(4) posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information on articles including 2 related to dating/sexual violence: "Gender symmetry in prevalence, severity, and chronicity of physical aggression against dating partners by university students in Mexico and USA" - Murray A. Straus, Ignacio Luis Ramirez and "Manipulation and force as sexual coercion tactics: conceptual and empirical differences" - Amy E. Lyndon, Jacquelyn W. White, Kelly M. Kadlec.


In No Glove, No Love: Where HPV Is Found posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about the discovery that the HPV virus has been found under the fingernails of young men which could potentially impact assumptions about when girls need a HPV vaccine. This discovery also undermines the view that giving this vaccine means accepting that girls too young to consent will have sex.

In Sex Segregated Mass Transit posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about the sexual harassment and sexual assault which led to women only cars and the reasons for the backlash against this separation.

In What are Protective Behaviours? posted at Imaginif..., we get a discussion of the terms: personal safety, keeping safe, and protective behaviours and are reminded that just because we hear these terms quite often doesn't mean we understand them and don't need to learn more about what protective behaviours are, what they can do and what they cannot do.

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 29 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Sept. 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 @ 12:03 AM   2 comments links to this post


At August 15, 2007 2:43 AM, Anonymous Imaginif Child Protection Became Serious Business said...

Marcella, simply fantastic. I really admire the way you work so hard for sexual assault prevention. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Love from Down Under and in solidarity

At August 15, 2007 10:17 PM, Anonymous Tanglethis said...

Marcella, I've read your writing previously and found it compelling and intelligent. I'm flattered to be rounded up in this carnival. Look forward to clicking through the other posts here.


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