Saturday, December 15, 2007

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 37

Welcome to the Dec. 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:

creative expression

In Incest May Be A Part Of My Life---Part 2---Sadly Normal posted at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker, we get a poem which highlights how normal rape and other forms of abuse really are.


In Men are Human, Women are not! Got That?!?!? posted at Freedom, we get a discussion which compares the international sanctions against South Africa before they got rid of racial apartheid to the lack of sanctions against countries like Saudi Arabia that still have gender apartheid.

In When the state rapes posted at 16 days against gender violence, we get a discussion about how rape during war is not limited to the actions of rogue soldiers but is a systematic part of war.


In On Rape Conviction Rates--don't stop at the courts posted at Moderately Insane, we get a discussion about how looking at low conviction rates doesn't provide enough information to know whether changes in the court system will solve all of the underlying problems.

In Advocating posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion of how victims advocates who go to the ER often have to contend with medical and law enforcement staff who want to immediately dismiss many of those who report rape as not true rape victims because the alleged victim doesn't fit those people's stereotypes about real rape victims.

In Them and Us posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion of an Amnesty International report about the lack of enforcement of sex crime laws in Uganda.

In "Reforms aim to dispel rape myths and increase convictions" posted at Psychology and Crime News, we get a discussion of efforts in the UK to overcome proven biases where jurors judge a case based on their prejudices rather than on the evidence given in court.

In Turkish Court: Marital Rape Not A Crime; Turkish Columnist: Decision Turns Women Into Sex Slaves posted at Memri Latest Blogs, we get a discussion of the implications of the court ruling which could benefit husbands who are accused of murdering their wives.

In Kansas Supreme Court And Charging John Doe DNA posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss an appeal to reinstate rape charges against Douglas Belt who was originally charged only through his DNA profile because the statute of limitations for filing rape charges would otherwise expire. This ruling may have an impact on all states which issue John Doe arrest warrants.

In MARITAL RAPE & ABUSE VICTIM SEEKS JUSTICE posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion about Coral A. Theill's struggles through the Oregon court systems which highlights how an abusive spouse with plenty of financial resources can use the courts as a weapon.

In Male rape in Arkansas penitentiary posted at PRISONERS: a human rights discussion, we get a discussion about who should be held responsible when rape by inmates against another inmate is largely ignored by prison staff so that it continues even after a raped inmate's attempt to get help.

In PICKTON FOUND GUILTY OF 6 COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get information about the results of the first degree murder trial for Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton.

In After 7 Year Delay Cop's Husband Charged Over Child Porn posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case in Atlanta where the pictures which led to federal charges were handed over to local police and nothing substantial was done for years before the mayor learned about the pictures and contacted the FBI.

In Eric Frimpong: Rape Victim Faces Sanger posted at Santa Barbara Sheriff's Blog, we get a discussion about the progress of a rape trial in California.

In Rape sentencing - a global issue posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion of several cases in Australia where rape was minimized or denied by judges or expert witnesses.

In QLD allows gang rape of 10 year olds if 10 year olds say yes. posted at Imaginif..., we get a reaction to Judge Sarah Bradley's comments which were used to justify failing to give gang rapists any jail time.

In "Naughty little girl", explains rape apologist Crown Prosecutor in gang rape of ten year old girl posted at Hoyden About Town, we get more information about the Australian case where the judge's comments created an international furor.

In Trigger Warning: 10-year-old rape victim "probably agreed to have sex" posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the Australian judge's comments.

In Prosecutor: Gang-rape of ten-year-old was "childish experimentation" posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the crown prosecutor's statements and see how his failure to seek jail time contributed to the the decision made by the judge.

media watch

In Does "chaste but chic" Attire Prevent Rape? posted at Keli Ata, we get a discussion about the chaste clothing movement and how clothing as rape prevention communicates that girls' and women's bodies never completely belong to them since clothing must be used to set property rights.

In Criminal Intent: Keeping it in the Class (and Race and Gender) posted at The Hathor Legacy, we get a discussion of an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent which used the Duke lacrosse case as a model and which then reinforced more negative racial and gender stereotypes than its real life inspiration.

In Masculinism 101 posted at Tiny Cat Pants, we get a discussion about what message is sent when people make excuses for rapists because of the behavior of the victim prior to rape.

In The New York Times thinks rape is "salacious" posted at Reclusive Leftist, we get a comparison of the definition of "salacious" to the content of discussions about rape cases and actions related to rape cases such as whether presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was negligent in pushing for the parole of Wayne DuMond.

In Jamie Leigh Jones Undermines the War Effort posted at Jon Swift, we get a satirical analysis of the attacks launched against a women who reported gang rape and had to be rescued from her employer by the US embassy in Iraq.

In Rape-enabling "Metro" posted at A Femanist View, we get a discussion about a cartoon in a London free paper which makes light of the harm done when someone uses alcohol as a tool of rape.

In What Mike Huckabee Knew About Convicted Rapist Before Pushing For Parole posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the revelation that Mike Huckabee knew about other serious crimes committed by DuMond before he went to a parole hearing to provide his support for the release of Wayne DuMond.

In Comments posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a reaction to a blog comment which started out seemingly supportive of the blog owner who is a rape survivor, but which turned into something far more disturbing.


In WHAT IS EMOTIONAL RAPE? posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about abuse and coercion that goes beyond sexual victimization into full-out relationship abuse.

personal stories

In This Hurts so Bad posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a raw look at the pain that comes when rape happens in a way that isn't as clear cut as being jumped by a stranger.

raising awareness

In Blaming the victim posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion about the most common response to sexual harassment, abuse and rape and how to get past this response.

In The Map of Gaps? posted at Well I'll Go To The Foot Of My Stairs..., we get a discussion about areas in the UK that don't have needed services for victims.

In Guys & Dolls and Couples Therapy posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, get information about some of the social service agencies available in Los Angeles including Aleinu Family Resource Center which was the beneficiary for the all-women's production of Guys & Dolls.

In Brazilian Jail Rape Victim Highlights Larger Issue of Violence Against Women posted at The Latin Americanist, we get a discussion of the girl who was placed in a jail cell with male offenders and how this case isn't merely a senseless fluke.


In Emotions as beauty itself posted at Loving Awareness, we get a discussion about how fighting the occurrence of so-called negative emotions can magnify self-contempt, condemnation, and destructive attempts to "fix" ourselves.

In Rape Victim Has Message For All Nurses posted at Nurse Healers, we get a discussion about how often those in the medical field can fail to listen to and respect the triggers of those who have been through abuse.

In Silencing Those Negative Messages Within posted at My Clouds, My Storms and Multiple Personality Disorder, we get a discussion about how to change harsh self-talk patterns which are self-abusing.

In AS YOU WORK TOWARD EMOTIONAL HEALING posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion of working through issues of shame and powerlessness.


In U Of Colorado Settle Sex Assault Lawsuit For $2.85 Million posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the settlement which came after an appeals court reinstated the lawsuit which a lower court had thrown out, including the possibility that the settlement may have come about in part because of the findings in the appeals court ruling about how coach Gary Barnett did nothing to reduce or eliminate a known danger at university-sponsored events.

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 Dec. 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Jan. 1.

For more great reading, please check out the December edition of the Carnival Against Child Abuse posted over at Imaginif.

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 @ 12:02 AM   2 comments links to this post


At December 15, 2007 11:36 PM, Blogger Patricia Singleton said...

Thanks for accepting my article into the Carnival. You are doing a great job of putting information out on the internet.

At December 16, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Thank you for posting my links. I hope they help others as well.

Great job as always, Marcella.


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