Thursday, November 01, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 34

Welcome to the Nov. 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 this edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

personal stories

In Blowing My Coat posted at Dealing With Healing, we get to see a letter sent to a rapist written with the intention to shed an old coat and replace it with a new one. This is a must read for anyone who says to rape victims -- "get over it, already."


In The 80th anniversary of the Persons Case posted at F-email Fightback, we get a discussion about the case where five feminist activists from Alberta successfully appealed a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that women were not persons under the law.

In The Politics of Crying posted at Feminists To The Rescue, we get a discussion about how crying is perceived differently depending on who is crying and even how that person cries.


In Judge Screws Sex Worker In Court posted at Group News Blog, we get a discussion of a Pennsylvania judge who viewed a gang rape case involving a gun as an insult to "real" rape victims because the victim arrived with the intention to have consensual sex for money.

In Rape = "theft of services" posted at Reclusive Leftist, we get another discussion of the Pennsylvania judge's ruling.

In With Rapes on the Rise, There's a Shortage of Resources in the Department Dedicated to Solving Them posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get an article about the challenges faced in cities like Minneapolis including insight from Donna Dunn, the executive director of the Minnesota Campaign Against Sexual Violence. Editor's note: I know Donna from my time as a volunteer victim's advocate and she is one sharp person.

In Prostitution In Atlanta, As Described By the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get facts of one case which brings the reality of the violence committed by pimps against those they prostitute, many of them children, into stark focus.

In No Rapes At Arizona State University? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss statements made by the campus police spokesperson that there is little the campus police can do if a rape wasn't witnessed or videotaped and contrast it to claims by a fraternity that they have been vindicated.

In In the course of my research ... posted at Laurelin In The Rain, we get a short but powerful reminder about the current state of justice for rape victims.

In Penn State Rape Case Reveals Penn's Rape Shield Law Is Stricter Than Federal Law posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about whether a previous rape case involving this alleged victim -- that ended in an acquittal of most serious charges and a deadlock on lesser charges -- will be admissible evidence.

In New law prevents victims’ identities from becoming public under California Public Records Act (CPRA) posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about a change that allows survivors of sex crimes to prevent their names and addresses from being made available to the public.

In "Hopelessly Deadlocked" posted at Women of Color Blog, we get a discussion of the verdict in the trial over the rape/murder of EMU student Laura Dickenson.

In Troubling Police Interview With Alleged Rape Victim posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case in Atlanta where a woman who reported being raped claims she was interrogated for hours in a way that directly led her to recant her allegations.

media watch

In Cosmo just doesn't get it - STILL posted at Foreign Affairs, we get a discussion of a recent panel hosted by Cosmo and featuring Laura Sessions Stepp.

In Prove Your Manhood With Veiled Rape Threats posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about how problematic it is for it to be acceptable for men to say they can prove their masculinity by taking a woman and showing her what they can do to her sexually.

In Match Made in Hell posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion about safety issues related to people we meet online.

In Rape and Communication: A rapist in bungler's clothing posted at Feminist Philosophers, we get a discussion sparked by Deborah Cameron’s new book, The Myth of Mars and Venus which looks at the popular claim that non-stranger rape comes from communication problems.

In Who Does Kay Brooks Hate More?Men or Women? posted at Tiny Cat Pants, we get a discussion of how victim blaming statements demonstrate prove that the person making them is a superstitious fool.

In It isn't rape if he is handsome posted at Elenamary, we get an important reminder for all those pundits who assess the merits of rape cases based on the looks of the alleged rapist.

In Cosmo on Rape Crisis centres posted at stroppyblog, we get a discussion which contrasts the story on so-called gray rape with a story on the closing of rape crisis organizations in the UK.

In The Power of...Anonymous Ranting? posted at What's Wrong Around Us?, we get a discussion about how when people use the veil of anonymity as a means of ranting without risk, they can easily show themselves to be fools. Please follow the link to the post that the ranter hated for a great discussion about the danger of tolerating certain rapes because the victim did something wrong.

In Gymnastics Teacher Julian Amaro Arrested for Molesting Male Student posted at Teacher Smackdown, we get a reminder that parents need to be on the lookout for abuse not only at school or in the home, but with coaches as well.

In Confession posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion of a church's website which asks people to anonymously confess their sins and shames and how confessions related to sex crimes are handled.

In Another Smear Campaign Against Alleged Rape Victim posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss leading statements made about the alleged victim in the rape case against Penn State's Austin Scott that make it clear that if a rape victim saw a previous rapist get away with rape no later rapists should be convicted.

raising awareness

In Where Are the Purple Products? posted at Limited Edition Foods, we get a discussion about how the cascade of pink products for breast cancer awareness every October tends to overshadow the sexual violence and domestic violence awareness efforts of advocates in this field.

In How schools breed silence about sexual harassment and abuse posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the AP investigation into educator sexual crimes and a reminder about how often those who report harassment by teachers are told that it is their perception which is in the wrong -- not the teacher's behavior.

In " THE BOGGIE MAN IS REAL, HE LIVES ON THE NET... WHILE YOU ARE SITTING HERE HE IS AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILDREN" posted at Politics As Usual, we get a discussion about Internet predators and are given an example where one victim was lured by a man who pretended to be another girl interested only in friendship.

In WSU's toxic environment for women posted at F-Words, we get a discussion about the flare up of sexual violence on or near Washington State University in Pullman, Washington including 2 high-profile stranger rapes.

In The unspoken crime of male rape posted at Like A Man, we get a discussion by Padraig O'Morain who is a columnist of The Irish Times about a variety of issues related to the rape of men.

In "Gray Rape" posted at Orwell's Grave, we get a discussion about the idea that men don't know when they are using coercion or other strategies to get sex.

In Fallout From Attitudes About Women Who Drink Before Being Raped posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how general attitudes impact the behavior of rapists, and their assumption about what they can get away with, by highlighting a gang rape where the rapists thought they were raping a drunk woman when instead they were raping a woman with multiple sclerosis.


In Beyond the Nightmare: How Women Cope with Rape posted at Her Stories, we get a discussion of the many factors which impact recovery from rape including how the legal system and the media respond if the rape is reported and prosecuted.

In Therapy - Bogus or Productive? posted at My Clouds, My Storms and Multiple Personality Disorder, we get a discussion about therapy which is ineffective and at times demeaning which is in contrast to therapy which gets to the real issues and provides real help.


In Rape trial jurors bring rape myths to court posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about research in Australia that looked at the relationship between the low rate of rape convictions and juror bias.

In Hoodie or goodie? New research reveals ways to break the cycle of violence among young people posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information about attitudes and risk factors that can influence whether young people are likely to commit violent acts.


In Some Are More Equal Than Others posted at Feminist Fire, we get a discussion about the assumptions that are undermining support for services aimed at women including rape crisis agencies.

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 Nov. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Nov. 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. If you have any problem with the form, please let me know so your submission can be considered for the next edition.

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 @ 12:06 AM   4 comments links to this post


At November 01, 2007 6:34 AM, Blogger Louisefeminista said...

Thanks for the nod regarding my post at Stroppyblog. Much appreciated.

The combination of posts are excellent. Thanks.

At November 01, 2007 7:54 PM, Anonymous margie at limited edition foods said...

Thank you for including my Limited Edition Foods post in your carnival ... the awareness work you and everyone else in the carnival does to help out women is sincerely appreciated and it is an honor to be included. Thank you again, and keep up the good work!

At November 01, 2007 11:51 PM, Blogger linrob63 said...

Thanks for the link to my letter at Dealing With Healing. I have only just begun writing the blog. I never liked journaling about it -- seemed to secretive and did not do much to diminish shame. There is something liberating about writing something accessible.

I am glad I participated and hope to do so again...terrific selection!

At November 02, 2007 2:04 AM, Blogger saorla said...

Thank you very much for including my post on grey rape.

It is an excellent collection of posts. I'm afraid I'll be tempted to read at work. You did a fantastic job of raising awareness. I'll go and direct people here.


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