Monday, October 01, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 32

Welcome to the Oct. 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 31st edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

creative expression

In BloggersUnite Poetry Thursday posted at Watermark, we get a poem called The Therapist.


In Misunderstanding of Gender In Sexual Violence posted in Abyss2hope, I discuss the common allegation that those who focus on violence against women refuse to accept that women can commit sexual violence.


In 7 Counts of Incest to Teach How to Be a Good Wife posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get a discussion of how destructive "teaching daughters how to be good wives" can be.

In A Sense of Entitlement posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a reaction to minimizing statements made by Micheal Flory, the Young Republican leader who pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges, at his sentencing hearing.

In Courts 'treat relationship rape too lightly' posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about the sentences given to men who sexually assaulted their ex-wives and partners.

In Berman on Patrick Kennedy posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the appeal of a Louisiana capital child rape case.

In Convicted sex offender gets injunction against police dept's proactive efforts to get him to register including home entries and stigmatizing him posted at, we get information about the results of Doe v. Ladue, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65265 (D. Minn. September 4, 2007) which challenges Minnesota's current practices related to the registration of sex offenders.

In Another Exonerated Man Found Guilty and Man Who Claimed DNA Would Exonerate Him Gets Opposite Results posted in Abyss2hope, I discuss the gap between the hype about exonerations and the reality in certain cases.

In A Tale of Two Mothers: Reflections posted at Diary of an Anxious Black Woman, we get a discussion about the assumption most of us have that if something horrific happened to us that our mother would be an asset to us and contrast that to the actions of the mother of the woman who was tortured and sexually assaulted in West Virginia.

In VA upholds taking of DNA on arrest posted at, we get information about the ruling which declared the taking of DNA as no different than fingerprinting,

In Teacher Vern E. Heizer Arrested for Stalking and Violating Protection Order posted at Teacher Smackdown, we get a discussion of a case where a man who was arrested on multiple charges including rape of a child was rearrested for stalking his alleged victim.

In Sex-offender laws challenged in United States posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a discussion of whether state and federal laws intended to monitor released sex offenders and protect the public may actually cause more harm than good as a study by Human Rights Watch contends.

In With Justice For All (Unless You're Not Covered) posted at Religious Action Center :: RACBlog, we get a discussion of changes in law including The Prison Litigation Reform Act’s Physical Injury Requirement which can result in those who are raped being viewed as uninjured.
In TX prosecutors laud dismissal of NBC Dateline's 'Perverted Justice' cases posted at Grits for Breakfast, we get a discussion of the problematic evidence which led to a Texas prosecutor's decision to drop charges against all of those arrested during one "To catch a predator" segment which included the suicide of a man who didn't come to the Dateline house and who committed suicide when the film crew went to his house to record his arrest.

In Shall We Rape Our Girls Because of Bad Laws? posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a discussion of police officers who before investigating a case fully say publicly that a case was hard to prove legally.

In To Persuade Jurors . . . Confuse Them? posted at Deliberations, we get a discussion of how an idea that has been studied in the realm of marketing can impact legal cases.

In Outcomes posted at elle, phd, we get a discussion of the assumptions that can be made, and the crimes that can be committed, when a white girl goes missing.

In Orange (CA) Diocese Hasn't Learned Futility of Concealment posted at Voice from the Desert, we get a discussion of continuing problems with the way officials for the Catholic church are handling the problem of sexual abuse by priests and employees of the church.

In State Pays $2.5 Million for Rape of Mentally-Ill Woman posted at Olympia Personal Injury Lawyer, we get information about a settlement made by Washington state regarding the rape of a patient by Guy M. Johnston who was an employee of Eastern State Hospital and who is now serving time for that rape.

In Not just dealing with the "system" . . . . posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion of the added challenges a rape victim faces when the assault happened on a college campus.

In Apparently Writing Bad Checks Invalidates Rape posted at Jack and Jill Politics, we get a discussion about how quickly and easily people will stop viewing the victim of a sex-related crime as a true victim worthy of our concern.

In Intimidating Rape Victims in Australia's Judicial System posted at blown glass, get a discussion of this serious problem and the demand from Attorney-General John Hatzistergos that defense attorneys not use this tactic even when their clients demands it.

In An Unusual Ruling in Arkansas about Testimony by Children posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about a ruling related to the testimony of the small child's mother and the case worker.

media watch

In Ronald Goldman posted at Blue Skelton Publications, we get a discussion about the publication of the book "If I Did It" and the risk of focusing on which of the victim families is right or wrong about the Goldman family's decision to publish the original book with additional chapters.

In SVU: WTF? posted at A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, we get a discussion of Law and Order: SVU's habit of frequently painting women as liars including episodes with absurd premises that transform the alleged victim to the real perpetrator.

In So that's why all the morons think prostitution is an empowerfuling career choice posted at Reclusive Leftist, we get a discussion of the contrast between a HBO reality show set at a brothel and a book about the sex industry in Nevada.

In The end game of control posted at Pandagon, we get a discussion of the book Why Do They Kill?: Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners by David Adams.

In Revenge Without Glorification posted at Blogs, we get a review of the movie, The Brave One starring Jodie Foster.

In One Thing I learned . . . more to come posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion of the movie War Zone by Maggie Hadleigh-West which confronts aggressive street harassment and we get the observation from watching this movie that men who habitually harass women have the same mindset as pedophiles.

In Top 10 Mistakes posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about the most common mistakes that stalking victims make which can put them in greater danger according to the book Surviving a Stalker: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Yourself Safe by Linden Gross.

In Human Trafficking posted at The Hathor Legacy, we get a review of the movie Human Trafficking which stars Mira Sorvino as a customs agent.

In A Journalistic Duty: My thoughts on naming rape victims in media posted at Multimedia Journalism, we get a discussion of the journalistic ethics involved in making the decision whether or not to include the name of the victim.

In 40% of Egyptian women have been sexually abused posted at Elder of Ziyon, we get information about "A Case of Public Opinion," the latest Ramadan TV show being aired in 22 Arab countries featuring popular Egyptian actress, Yousra, which focuses on violent rape and sexual abuse and harassment.

In Holly Mosher's Award Winning Film Hummingbird posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about filmmaker and producer Holly Mosher’s award-winning documentary, Hummingbird, which is being released to DVD October, 1, 2007 for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In Joe Francis launches nice guy PR campaign posted at Celebitchy, we get a discussion of a web site which tries to puts a purely positive spin on the jailed leader of the Girls Gone Wild franchise.

In *Feminism's* Rape Fallacy? Really? posted at No Cookies For Me, we get a discussion of the critical errors in a opinion piece by David Cox.

raising awareness

In Ethnic domestic violence 'hidden' posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information on domestic violence in Wales's black and ethnic communities.

In street harassment posted at Thinking Girl, we get a discussion of the conflict between the reality of harassment and the reaction men have when women talk about the impact this harassment has on them.

In Violence against Black Women (cont) posted at elle, phd, we get a discussion of the origins of the myth which turns black women into a devalued Jezebel.

In Who Needs Moral High Ground? posted in Abyss2hope, I discuss the flaw in demanding moral high ground when talking about injustice since that allows most injustices to continue and can even lead to further injustices. We see this most often when alleged rape victims are called sexist slurs.

In If only the woman had been naked while he was beating her it would have made a cracking good porn film posted at Reclusive Leftist, we get a discussion of how the response to a homemade video of domestic abuse might have been if it includes sexual violence and were called porn by it's maker.

In Statistics on stalking are limited posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about the problems in attempting to quantify all the criminal stalking cases because the cases wind up being classified as the crime into which they usually escalate, such as assault or homicide.

In I did not ask for it posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a personal experience of street harassment with the clear threat of rape followed by information about the "I did not ask for it" campaign.

In Gay rape myths posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about the top 10 myths related to the rape of men by other men.

In "Impetus behind Document the Silence” posted at Document the Silence!!!, we get information about a campaign to focus on violence against women of color including crimes committed against women of color from within their own communities.


In Taking care of me posted at Digging Me Up, we get a discussion of self-care that came after years of self punishment rooted in long-ago abuse.

In How psychiatry blames the victim posted at Writhe Safely, we get a discussion of how crime victims can be diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder rather than being diagnosed with PSTD and the ramifications of this misdiagnosis.

In What To Do When You Are Triggered posted at Finding Your Marbles, we get helpful ideas for what you can do which may help you minimize the effects of triggers.

In The Quicksand Guide To Professional Help posted at Dr Martin W. Russell, we get a humorous reminder that the 'experts' who are meant to help us have their own limitations and blindspots.


In New issue: Behavioral Sciences & the Law posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information about studies which include: "The function of punishment in the civil commitment of sexually violent predators" by Kevin M. Carlsmith, John Monahan, Alison Evans; "Determining dangerousness in sexually violent predator evaluations: cognitive-experiential self-theory and juror judgments of expert testimony" by Joel D. Lieberman, Daniel A. Krauss, Mariel Kyger, Maribeth Lehoux; and "Megan’s law and its impact on community re-entry for sex offenders" by Jill S. Levenson, David A. D’Amora, Andrea L. Hern.

In New issue: Psychology, Crime & Law 13(5) posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information about studies which include: "Alcohol as drug of choice; Is drug-assisted rape a misnomer?" by Miranda Horvath; Jennifer Brown; "The measurement and influence of child sexual abuse supportive beliefs" by Ruth Mann; Stephen Webster; Helen Wakeling; William Marshall; "The role of cognitive distortions in paedophilic offending: Internet and contact offenders compared" by Dennis Howitt; Kerry Sheldon; "A psychometric study of six self-report measures for use with sexual offenders with cognitive and social functioning deficits" by Fiona Williams; Helen Wakeling; Stephen Webster; and "An investigation into maladaptive personality functioning in Internet sex offenders" by Sarah Laulik; Jane Allam; Lorraine Sheridan.


In Rape Prevention Tip Of The Day posted in Abyss2hope, I give advice to those who don't know the difference between truly changing someone's mind and coercion.

In Pink Solidarity Among Boys posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about 2 high school boys who responded to bullying in a positive non-violent way.

In men can stop rape: Strong Moves posted at Idealist DC, we get a discussion of a program mobilizing young men to prevent sexual and dating violence in their schools which is expanding to all public high schools in Washington DC.

In Campaign to End Rape (CER) posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get an introduction to a cooperative effort between several groups in the UK.

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 Oct. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Oct. 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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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:08 AM   2 comments links to this post


At October 01, 2007 1:28 PM, Blogger Holly said...

Hi everyone,
Excellent information for those affected by sexual violence. Thank you for including my blog posts. Take care Holly Desimone

At October 05, 2007 8:57 AM, Anonymous thinking girl said...


thanks for including my post, I really appreciate it.


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