Thursday, November 15, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 35

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

personal stories

In the victim and the judge posted at a males life after rape, we get a discussion of a military hearing where a rape survivor seeks to have his record reflect the reality of what happened to him.


In (Rape) Victim Compensation Law Improved posted at Oklahoma Women's Network Blog, we learn that rape victims in Oklahoma will have access to free medical forensic exams following sexual assault or rape, including victims who do not press charges immediately.

In 320. 5ive gears in reverse posted at Judging Crimes, we get a discussion that compares a ruling from 1885 that makes it clear that the judge believes that a prostitute can be raped to the ruling in 2007 that makes it clear that the judge believes a prostitute cannot be raped and which looks at how this change is part of a disturbing trend.

In Update ~ werribee boys walk free. *Potential trigger material* posted at Sparkle*Matrix, we get a discussion of the outcome of case where 8 teenage boys sexually abused and tortured a girl, recorded their crimes and then were given absolutely no jail time once they were convicted.

In What is wrong with judges? posted at Liz - Not Ranting, Just Saying., we get a discussion of the judge who wants convicted rapist Alex Kelly to volunteer at a center for sexual assault victims.

In If the situation were different . . . . posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion about the different assumptions people make and the different questions they have depending on the gender of the victim of a sex crime.

In The Recyclables: 6: The Myth Of The Bad Woman. posted at Amuseum: with apologies to Shaun Micallef, we get a discussion about the harm done by assumptions that time, actions, place and attire 'triggers' the act of rape with the specific example of how rape survivor Nina Funnell was treated after being attacked at knifepoint.

In NSW Bar Association does not understand the meaning of "rape" posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the backlash against a proposed law change that clarifies the meaning of consent so that someone who is unconscious cannot be assumed to be consenting.

In Australian Law That Defines Consent Opposed By Bar Association posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the proposed law which would stop allowing rape defendants to claim sex was consensual without clear indicators of consent.

In Yes or No? posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion that shows that all the talk about the difficulty of verifying legal consent misses the obvious.

In Justice in the U.S.: 13 year old rape/kidnap survivor refused entry into US, family under threat of deportation posted at Women of Color Blog, we get a discussion of how the treatment of an abuse victim and his family will impact the reporting of crimes and will encourage abusers to pick victims who are afraid to go to the police.

In Court Rulings About Absent Rape Victims posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a California ruling which approves taking rape victims into custody to make sure they testify and an Ohio ruling about the admissibility of statements made by a rape victim before she died.

In Rape: Not The Woman's Fault This Time; A Spider Made Him Do It! posted at Feminist Fire, we get a discussion a rape case in Australia where a man claimed a spider bite caused him to commit rape and that he shouldn't be held legally accountable for his actions.

media watch

In Save Us All... posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion of a BBC article which advocates making it legal for the disabled to visit brothels which puts some men's desires above issues such as sexual slavery.

In Burma: Girls Prostituted to Serve Military Officials posted at Feminist Peace Network, we get a discussion about the lack of outrage over the sex trafficking of girls by the Myanmar military, especially compared to the focus on the military's treatment of monks.

In It's All Feminism's Fault! (Again!) posted at Feminist Fire, we get a discussion of an article by Dr. Pam Spurr that argues that women have too much control of their sex lives and which implies that all sex related problems in marriage are caused by the wife.

In VOICES OF COURAGE posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about a book containing the stories of 12 survivors of sexual assault.

In Dear Neighbours writers: posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion about the common storyline where a woman who claimed to be a rape victim is instead a cold-blooded liar and gold digger and how these storylines feed into dangerous assumptions about real women who report being raped.


In Updated Information On Treatment of Nashville Rape Victims posted at Women's Health News, we get more detailed information after a media report that only one hospital in Nashville would handle evidentiary exams for rape victims.

In The Casual Relationship and Code posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, we get a discussion of honest euphamisms where both parties understand what's being said and dishonest euphamisms where there is an intent to demean and to discredit the other person's memories.

raising awareness

In Call Out for International Day Of Action!! posted at International Day Of Action: communities response to sexual assault, we get information about an important community effort scheduled for Nov. 30 with information on how you can participate.

In Its another Blamer Brain Trust Alert posted at I Blame The Patriarchy, we get a discussion about a rape victim who learned her rapist has relocated to the same state she moved to after the rape and we get a question: What do you do when your rapist goes free?

In What the Hell, University of Maryland? posted at Feminists To The Rescue, we get a discussion of actions related to the Clothesline Project including vandalism of one of the banned T-shirts.

In Sexual Assault and the Military posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about trends in sexual assaults committed by US military personnel against other military personnel.

In GENARLOW WILSON posted at BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS, we get a discussion about how turning Wilson into a hero minimizes the seriousness of the crimes he was accused of and devalues what was done to 2 girls which resulted in the original charges.

In Virgins, Whores, and the Sliding Scale of Our Humanity posted at The Silence of Our Friends, we get a discussion about how using a sliding scale to judge rape victims excuses rape while the person doing so pretends to be completely opposed to rape.

In Borderline Personality Disorder and the DSM posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, we get a discussion about how an official diagnosis sometimes loses the essence of what went wrong.

In Horror Movie Mythology Hurts Megan Williams And Many Other Victims posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how people who read about an especially disturbing case frequently assume that the victim has all of the same information and resources as the reader does and then judges the victim accordingly.


In Sexual abuse and long-term survival posted at Imaginif..., we get a discussion about the long-term impact of disassociating and advice about how to safely work through abuse issues.


In Talking to sex offenders posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information about behavioral analysis interviews being conducted to better understand the motivations of sex offenders.

In New issue: Child Abuse and Neglect 31(8) posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get information on studies including: Psychometric evaluation and comparison of three retrospective, multi-item measures of childhood sexual abuse by Polly A. Hulme; and Female sexual-offenders: Personality pathology as a mediator of the relationship between childhood sexual abuse history and sexual abuse perpetration against others by Kelly Christopher, Catherine J. Lutz-Zois and Amanda R. Reinhardt.

In Why abused women stay by Ginette Petitpas... posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about research done by Deborah Doherty and Jennie Hornosty which looked at the experiences of rural abused women.

In The Ministry of Sexy Walks posted at Blog of the Moderate Left, we get a discussion of studies which seem to come to similar conclusions no matter what the data says.

In Fertility, fertility, peak attractiveness, blah blah blah posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of an evolutionary psychology study which supposedly shows that women only use “sexy” walks when they are not ovulating and that these "sexy" walks falsely signal to men that the women are ready to conceive. This supposedly protects women from rape when they are most likely to get pregnant which of course implies that at certain times each month that women are inviting rape.


In Support International Violence Against Women Act posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a bill which don't fall into the trap of trying to limit women's lives as a way to keep them safe.

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. 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Dec. 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. 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 @ 12:09 AM   4 comments links to this post


At November 15, 2007 2:18 AM, Blogger Debs said...

Just want to say you do such a fantastic job putting these carnivals together, and I for one really appreciate it!

At November 16, 2007 6:16 PM, Anonymous jay said...

I am so amazed at all the work that you do-thank you for all of it and the inspiration you are!

At November 16, 2007 7:44 PM, Anonymous Ann said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out.

When I wrote my essay I considered it just a simple straightforward post. Thank you for including it in your carnival.

It is most appreciated.

At November 23, 2007 5:29 AM, Anonymous sparkle said...

Great Carnival ~ as usual. Thanks for including me.


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