Friday, August 31, 2007

Rape Awareness Meant To Scare Girls And Women Away From Heterosexuality?

I've seen those who speak out against rape called men haters, but until recently, I've never seen anyone say that student rape awareness campaigns aren't driven by any concern for girls' and women's safety but are driven by women who want to turn girls and other women away from heterosexuality.

The only way for this to be true is for heterosexual men trying to commit date rape to be men trying to have normal heterosexual sex.

And I supposedly demonize men? This demonizes heterosexual men far more than I ever could as it attempts to turn all heterosexual men as no better than rapists. Worse, it turns heterosexual men who would never rape into less manly and less powerful than those who do rape girls and women.

"I think women mine to take, therefore I am real man. You disagree, you lesbian recruiter."

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Movie Redacted Stuns Venice Film Festival

I wasn't aware of the movie Redacted until I read this story. It sounds like the movie captured the enormity of the premeditated crime that resulted in the rape and murder of Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi and the murder of her parents and younger sister.

A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.

There are times when shocking images are just gore, but there are times when shocking images make people let go of their safe illusions.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Serial Gray Rapist: Oxymoron Of The Day

This Jezebel piece by Moe unintentionally highlights the key problems in not labeling any rape that occurred after someone said no -- and meant it -- as real rape.

These problems don't go away if it is the victim who doesn't label a rape as real rape.

Moe's reaction to the examples given in the Cosmo story on gray rape which mirrored her own rape was to feel nothing but to instantly remember her own experience 9 years ago which she plans to forget in 3 minutes. That's one way to cope -- a way which is supported by those who want to deny rape -- but this coping strategy distorts reality and inadvertently protects rapists from being called what they really are.

But then in Israel I saw this other girl who used to hook up with him and she assured me he remains a douchebag, only now one that practices medicine in New York.

This is deeply disturbing, but not surprising. The only thing assuring about this revelation is that it shows that the fault for his behavior didn't belong to her, his victim. Other than that there is nothing assuring about discovering that your rapist is likely still raping, only now he's a medical doctor trusted by patients and the public because he seems like an upstanding citizen and not someone who has committed at least one rape.

So for those who think "gray rape" isn't real rape because the victim was mostly out of it and didn't feel great pain and there was no stereotypical violence, would you have the same opinion if this man, now a doctor, repeated what he did to Moe to a patient under the influence of anesthesia or recovering from a stroke?


If rape is only rape once the rape victim realizes what was done and says, "I am a rape victim" then the patient wasn't raped if the memories of being raped read like a nightmare.

If his excuse for what he did to Moe was that he was painfully aroused, he could become painfully aroused on the job. If rape is a natural response to painful arousal in one situation, it is a natural response in all situations. Otherwise, rape is a choice in all situations.

The raw truth is that rape, even so-called gray rape, is about ethics and opportunity, not desire.

We as a society don't have trouble believing that people who are not evil monsters commit serious non-sexual crimes. However, we as a society do have trouble believing that people who are not evil monsters commit sex crimes.

This makes absolutely no sense to anyone except those who want to get away with sex crimes or who want to allow others to get away with sex crimes.

Gray rape is about supporting cognitive dissonance and in our society the solution to this dissonance is to blame the victim. It's no wonder that so many who have been raped talk about feeling crazy.

Those who say, "Just get over it and don't be a victim" are telling rape victims, "Just let rapists get away with rape." And these people wonder in puzzled amazement why they often get an angry backlash to their "helpful" advice.

Those who say that it's only real rape if there is non-sexual physical injury are actually making it clear that only non-sexual physical injury counts. They are making it clear that rape in and of itself is not criminal.

Raped with no accompanying crime becomes gray raped. And what is gray but foggy and indeterminate. Of absolutely no substance.

Or of a substance that obscures our perception of reality.

Real rape = kidnapped and raped, or physically assaulted and raped, or raped and stabbed, or raped and murdered, or raped and [fill in blank]. Many times people will talk about these pairings as degrees of rape when they are instead multiple crimes.

If people are truly against rape then they must be against rape that isn't accompanied by any other crime.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

If Sen. Craig Must Go Why Not Sen. Vitter?

If the reason isn't related to homophobia, I don't know what the reason could be. Both Republican Senators have admitted to illegal behavior related to sex which clearly also violates family values as I understand it since both men are married.

Sen. Larry Craig pleaded guilty, a plea he now wants to withdraw, to lewdly wiggling his feet and suggestively moving his hand inside a Minnesota airport restroom in what has been reported to be clear signals of being willing to have sexual contact. Apparently these bathroom hookups send terror through the hearts of some straight men.

Sen. David Vitter admitted publicly to "sinful" behavior which also happens to be illegal after his phone number was connected to a prostitution ring.

Would the response be different if Sen. Craig had pleaded guilty to disorderly contact after putting the moves on a woman in the airport? Would that have been an acceptable crime? Would the response have been different if Sen. Vitter's number had been found in the possession of someone who ran a male prostitution ring?

If one senator must go but not the other, that definitely has meaning. Maybe I've missed something and prostitution has become a family value and a Republican value.

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Presumption Of Innocence Only Needed In Rape Cases?

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Is Telling Your Spouse That You Were A Crime Victi...":

You don't get it. It isn't about whether or not men fabricate criminal accusations.

Feminazis like yourself and Wendy Murphy for example argue that no woman ever falsely accuses a man or rape, that when a woman accuses a man of rape, the presumption of innocence should not apply.

This case, the [redacted] hoax, the [redacted] hoax, the [redacted] hoax are all cases in which a woman falsely accused men of rape. False accusations of rape occur with enough frequency that the accused must be afforded the presumption of innocence.

Judging from the state of denial you are in regarding the Duke Case, I doubt you will publish this comment. At least you wil have to read it.

This comment shows a very narrow support for presumption of innocence. He says he opposes false accusations then he proves himself to be a liar by making several false accusations including his use of "feminazi" which turns me into someone who supports genicide. Typical.

My bringing up the issue that men can falsely claim to be crime victims and then contribute to false convictions and false imprisonment is something that makes him furious. We aren't supposed to think about that as it disrupts the "women lie about being crime victims" mantra. "People lie about being crime victims" just doesn't have the same impact.

I suspect that in rape cases he twists "presumption of innocence" into "presumption that the alleged rape victim has committed a crime by reporting rape." This distorted presumption of innocence is meant to put as many barriers between rape victims and justice as they can get away with.

The idea of these same barriers being erected between all crime victims and justice is understandably horrifying.


Another Anonymous piped in with another false allegation against me and more faulty logic:

Marcella, Marcella, Marcella. You should have followed the advice of whoever said it is better to have kept your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to have opened it and remove all doubt. [I've been given this advice but of course it never applies to me.]

The issue is, again, not that men will fabricate false charges of a crime. [Don't disrupt my women-bashing by reminding me that men do this also. I'm not listening.] The issue is, you and others like you claim that women do not falsely accuse men of rape, that a woman's accusation of rape must be accepted at face value, that a man accused of rape must be judged guilty until proven innocent.

Women like [redacted] have falsely accused men of rape. There have been enough false allegations of rape made by women against men that a man accused of rape must be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. [I reserve the right to not presume all those charged with a crime to be innocent until proven guilty.] Otherwise, a lot of innocent men end up in prison. Please explain how punishing the innocent will solve the problem of sexual violence against women. [Please explain how my twisting of your position into a position you don't hold will solve the problem of sexual violence against women. Can't do it, can you? Aren't I clever?]

Judith Ann Lummis, according to your post, cheated on her husband and then tried to cover that up by falsely accusing her lover of rape. She sound like a vicious sociopath to me. How does her psycho-pathology indicate that men fabricate stories of crimes?

This last question raises a good point that this anonymous likely didn't mean to raise. How does one person's psycho-pathology indicate that other people, women or men, fabricate stories of crimes? Here's the warped logic: She's a woman. She lied about being raped. Women must be assumed to be lying about being raped.

If her actions reflect on all other women simply because of her gender then the actions of male rapists must reflect on all other men. Using his logic he must believe this: He's a man. He raped. Men must be assumed to be rapists. But he only uses this logic when it gives him the result he wants.

When he says I believe, "a woman's accusation of rape must be accepted at face value, that a man accused of rape must be judged guilty until proven innocent" what he's attacking is my belief that all accusations of rape must be taken seriously and investigated fully no matter how nice the alleged criminal seems to be and no matter what people think of the alleged victim.

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Call For Nominations

Tonight at 11 pm is the deadline for the next carnival against sexual violence. Please nominate a post, one you've written or one you've read.

If you've missed any past editions, you can find a link to all of the previous editions here at the carnival homepage. Please don't feel limited by what has already been included in past editions. There are so many issues which deserve more consideration. By sharing how sexual violence has impacted your life in large or small ways or by sharing how you have dealt with sexual violence or its aftermath, you are helping others know they aren't alone and you may be giving others needed support or insight.

Feel free to pass the word on to your readers who might have posts which would enhance the carnival.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rape Double Vision

I've blogged about rape double vision indirectly before, but a segment on Good Morning America titled Are We Teaching Kids to Fear Men? about a billboard and PSA in Virginia for Stop It Now! raised the issue again.

The campaign shows a man's hand around a girl's wrist and gives their hotline number 1-888-prevent for anyone who sees an interaction which doesn't look right. The segment raised the issue about whether the ad campaign would create an atmosphere of paranoia about men who according to the segment make up 97% of those who sexually abuse children. The problem is that sex-offender paranoia is here now and many who get a vibe, correctly or incorrectly, may not know any appropriate responses.

Calling a toll free number when a troubling interaction is innocent is much better than when a concerned father responds by breaking into a neighbor's house and fatally stabbing that man. Calling a toll free number when a troubling interaction is criminal is much better than when concerned adults dismiss their observations and fail to get help for a real crime victim.

There is definite double vision in the backlash against awareness campaigns from people who will talk about being willing to kill men who molest children. What's more threatening to innocent men, a hotline staffed by experts or vigilantes?

This ad campaign is also aimed at those who aren't victims or potential victims which goes directly against what many people demand. It is victims and potential victims who are supposed to be on alert. The rest of us should be allowed to ignore this problem.

Many people who have a problem with this ad campaign because they think it reinforces stereotypes don't have a problem reinforcing the stereotype that those who fight sexual violence are anti-man.

This is the most normalized example of rape double vision.

Now on to some of the most extreme examples of rape double vision. I'm not going to link to the offending bloggers since the most extreme examples are either overtly or covertly racist. You can find examples far too easily.

Vision #1: Us. Men are getting railroaded by the system whenever anyone makes an allegation of a sex crime and the system needs to change so men stop getting railroaded.

This vision says that those who talk about sexual violence are screaming nutcases and that innocent men are being thrown in jail heedless of their due process rights. This vision says that it is better for rape victims to see their rapists set free than it is to see even a single innocent man brought up on rape charges.

Vision #2: Them. There are a variety of people classed as them, but the most acceptable them to focus on now is immigrants. Specifically illegal aliens or those who might be illegal, who are getting off too easily by the system whenever anyone makes an allegation of a sex crime and the system needs to change so these monsters start getting railroaded.

You can recognize these people when they rail against the liberals who are protecting perverts in one breath and then rail against feminists who say rape is common (even among us) in the next breath.

Those who scream "women lie about rape" and "innocent until proven guilty" suddenly have a lump in their throat when the defendant is "one of those people" or they suddenly believe the crime statistics they like to mock when they find a way to use those statistics to prove how dangerous certain groups of men really are.

What is consistent in both of these visions is a disregard for thorough investigations which respect the legal rights of all involved. In the first vision, rape victim's rights are immaterial, in the second, it is foreign defendants whose rights are immaterial.

In the first vision future victims of serial sex offenders are on their own unless and until the defendant is convicted. In the second vision all future victims must be protected from those who haven't been convicted of any crime.

When a feminist expresses frustration at a rapist walking free, she is clearly a man hater according to those with rape double vision. When someone with rape double vision expresses frustration at a rapist walking free, he or she expects everyone to accept that they are clearly only concerned about public safety.

The benefit to rape double vision is you don't have to see the full scope of the problem. For many having a distorted vision is more comfortable and comforting. When someone quotes the rape statistics from RAINN and says that 1 in 6 American women are victims of sexual assault, double vision gives people a way to not think about what that really means.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

For Those Who Dismiss Acquaintance Rape

Too many people make a snap judgment that acquaintance rape is less traumatic than stranger rape, but as this case in Norfolk, Virginia shows, people we know can be as brutal as any stranger.

The woman is in the hospital and listed as being critical condition due to head trauma and William Stancil III is currently being held without bond.

Unfortunately, many people will assume this victim is at least partly to blame for knowing someone who would do something like this.

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Marj: Caring Blogger Award Recipient

I've been slightly distracted for the last couple of days, but this post by Marj of Survivors Can Thrive reminded me that some bloggers don't blog from an easy perspective yet still show how much they care about helping others.

Their efforts need to be applauded and not taken for granted. So even though Marj is taking a break to take care of herself, she is my next honoree. She was one of the first bloggers I discovered when I started exploring the previously unknown blogosphere and she is the founder of the Carnival Against Child Abuse.

Thanks, Marj and keep on caring.

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Here are the guidelines for this meme (please include in all posts related to this meme):

1. You don't have to wait to get tagged to join in.

2. Write a post with links to 1 or more blogs written or co-written by a blogger who makes you care. (up to 5 per post) Tell us what the blogger makes you care about and why this blogger is effective at getting you to care. If there are more than 5 blogs you read that deserve this award or you want to focus on one blog at a time, wait a while then give out more awards.

3. Link to this post so that people can easily find the origin and the purpose of the meme.

4. Optional: Once you are tagged you may display the ‘Caring Blogger Award’ logo.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Women's Equality Day August 26

This day which began in 1970 commemorates the same day in 1920 when women were given the right to vote in the USA.

This is a good reminder that those who say woman have always been equal in the US either don't know anything about history or they hope you don't know anything about history.

It's so interesting when people who say they are against women's rights talk about flipping the situation in a way that implicitly acknowledges the injustices women faced and sometimes still face.

Men who wish for a return to the good old days when women had no legal rights don't want to be treated like that, oh, no. Give them patriarchy or give them death.

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No Recall Hot Chocolate Rape

So often when people talk about wannabe rapists spiking drinks, we think about bars and booze and careless women taking "obvious" risks, but Harry William Barkas, 45, of Melbourne, Australia is accused of spiking women's hot chocolate with sedatives. And not just once or twice.

He has been charged with 51 offenses against 24 different victims from 1991 to 2004. Abduction, rape and assault.

The police believe there are more victims and have asked that his picture not be shown so that if more women come forward that their cases won't be lost due to arguments that the suspect identification process is hopelessly tainted.

This case shows how ineffective much of the victim-blaming centered rape prevention really is. We get ignorant statements like this from A Woman Against Feminism And For Men's Rights:

And, while I don’t ever condone forcible rape (and by forcible rape I mean being forced to perform sexual acts against a person’s will), I do think it’s quite obvious that if a person engages in dangerous behavior, they are much more likely to be a victim of a crime than someone who acts with a little more forethought.

This quote comes from a post about modesty, but modesty as rape prevention is like wearing a T-shirt that says, "Rape Her ---> She's Asking For It."

Notice who gets the lecture on acting with forethought? I'll give you a hint. It's not the rapists. In fact her opposition to rape has to be quantified and it excludes rapists who have found a way to rape without stereotypical force.

You want to dress modestly, hey, go for it. I do most of the time. You want more modest clothing to choose from for girls and woman, great. You don't want girls' and women's bodies used as bait by the marketers and corporations, great.

You want to blame victims for being raped. Not great.

In this fantasy world of modesty as rape prevention you are at no risk of being raped by those at your church -- at least as long as you keep yourself covered. In this fantasy world most rapists are nothing more than Pavlov's rapists who are controlled immodest dress or immodest behavior.

In other words, if you act like a slut, expect to be treated as one.

Translation: If you act like a slut, expect to be raped. Karma, man, don't you love it?

Children who are being trafficked as sex slaves, even if they are described as prostitutes, are at the most (100%) risk of being a victim of a crime and are forced to act like a slut, but nobody who understands the reality of this situation talks about their need to act with forethought or assumes they got exactly what they deserved.

Too often people deal with all but the most violent rapists with a don't ask, don't tell policy. If all those who attack rape victims would have that level of fervent disdain toward all rapists, the number of rapes would plummet.

Instead we get statements that highlight the real danger:

Feminism was a bad idea to begin with, and has evolved into a ravenous monster that eats equal rights for breakfast.

Yeah, men have been robbed of their legal right to commit non-forcible rape and they want it back. Men, or at least many of them, have been robbed of their right to rape and assault their wives and they want it back.

Yep, feminism was a bad idea to begin with.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Anonymous Gives Men A Bad Name

It looks like I have another impersonator, this time on LiveJournal. The last one focused on the Duke case and for some very odd reason, Katie Couric's legs, when commenting using my name in seemingly random blogs.

From the description of user marcellam and the twisting of one of my posts here it looks like this latest person or group of people turned my position into a caricature. I have contacted LiveJournal, but don't know how long that process will take.

Here's a statement that seems to reflect this person's real worry:

I knew I'd find a group of men filled with misogyny in this community! It's men like you who perpetuate our culture of rape. You may feel safe behind your keyboard, but soon even sexual harassment over the internet will be illegal!

Can anyone say projection? It sounds like he's trying to make sure that what he's doing is never illegal.

If anyone can provide information which leads me to the real name and contact information of this impersonator, I would greatly appreciate it so I may take the appropriate legal action.

I'm always amazed at the people who reach rock bottom and then just keep digging.

I believe this latest effort is either related to this post and the attack on Heart and other feminist bloggers or it is related to the subject of this rejected comment.

A little background: this comment came in after I deleted specific criminal allegations which were described as proven facts by anonymous commenters. Because I knew those who wrote these comments would howl in protest over having their first amendment rights violated, I offered to approve those same comments if the authors of those comments would be legally responsible for their comments which they claimed contained only proven facts.

Obviously, none of the anonymous men resubmitted their previous comments, but that didn't stop the howls of protest.

So here's the comment, complete with indirect threat:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "AJR Article Justice Delayed Dukes It Out":

Unless YOU can verify who we are, you won't allow our comments!!! f'ing laughable. funny how you thought the internet would help you advance your causes, but apply a little heat to Marcella, and she melts like a glob of ice cream dropped on a hot sidewalk by a 4 year old. sad thing is , you just don't get it. In spite of well meaning people who came here not to ridicule you, but inform you. carry on, agenda driven fool. fear not, the internet will vanquish you and your agenda in the long run.

As he lambasts my agenda, he makes his agenda perfectly clear.


Of course with that agenda he isn't going to reveal his legal name.

I get it all right. My agenda is to stop rape and to stop injustices against those who report rape -- and this man's agenda is to "vanquish" me and my "nasty" agenda.

Got it.

Update: It looks like the information from my blogger profile (including the claim to have authored my novel Cherry Love) has, at least temporarily, been removed from the profile of LJ user, marcellam. The remaining information (which is false or stretched to the very outer limits of truthfulness) remains: "I'm a writer and I write about rape prevention."

Update #2: Whoever owns the LJ userid marcellam has deleted the thread where LJ members trace the information from this user's original (and stolen) profile back to me and verify that this user is an imposter. Note: Attempting to hide what was done doesn't change the reality of what was done.

Update #3: In a fine bit of irony, I see that when people try to comment on my stolen and distorted post, they see this: "this user has disabled anonymous posting."

Update #4 (8/28): The LJ userid marcellam has been suspended.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Another Kitty Genovese Case In Saint Paul?

In Saint Paul, Minnesota, there was a physical assault and alleged rape where up to 10 people allegedly did nothing to help. This case has been compared by some bloggers to the murder of Kitty Genovese.

The events of this case occurred in the hallway of an apartment building where most of the residents are Somali -- a detail that to some people is highly significant in a very negative way.

When I first read about the story, it was clearly spun that the man's physical attack including an alleged rape wasn't the worst part of the story. The horror was reserved for all the other residents of this apartment building. One blogger has labeled them immigrant pigs.

But something bothered me about the spin applied to this case in the very first story I read about it.

If nobody did anything then why did the police get there while the attack was still in progress? Whoever called didn't know what was happening was as serious as rape so this is proof that nobody there cared?

[Rage] Ibrahim says he is innocent and that the incident was a misunderstanding, according to Omar Jamal, the executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, who spoke on Ibrahim's behalf.

A misunderstanding? Isn't that what many people say when they slam women who report being raped by "nice" young blue-eyed American men who claim the sex was consensual? In this case, he says she was going to drive drunk and he was trying to take the keys from her.

If we must give the "nice" guys the benefit of the doubt until all the evidence comes in and is evaluated then we must do the same thing here. There is a surveillance video but I assume there is no sound.

A man who is listed among those who allegedly did nothing says he made a 911 call in response to the woman's pleas, but there is no record of that call. I've seen claims on other blogs that this means this man is lying, but that is a premature assumption at best.

I've also seen the suggestion that the man did something wrong by not opening his apartment door, but would you open the door when there was a violent man on the other side? The best protection for him and for this woman is to call 911. The man says he did so and we need to believe that is possible until it has been disproven.

If anything, this case shows how often people view "relationship" violence as less serious or somehow justified. Also because the woman was being loud and physical (as many people say all rape victims must be), many people assumed that the violence was mutual. Hence we get the call about drunken behavior and not an assault in progress.

Other cases where rape victims needed help and didn't get it from those who see what is happening are often overlooked or given just a brief mention. I'm afraid they are appallingly common. We have a recent case in Glasgow, Scotland, where a woman unsuccessfully tried to flag down cars. Pattern's the same, but no outrage.

The problem is certainly much larger and more pervasive than one apartment building or one group of people.

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Is Telling Your Spouse That You Were A Crime Victim For Women Only?

This story is about a woman who recanted her rape allegations because the police matched the DNA from her "rape" to a Missouri inmate she knows.

Armand Villasana spent 21 months in jail because his accuser lied to cover an extramarital affair, Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore announced at a 1 p.m. press conference. [...] The two [the woman and the man whose DNA was found during exam] had sex the night of the reported attack, he said. When she returned home and her husband asked her where she'd been, "She told him she had been kidnapped and raped." The woman, who Moore would not name, confessed to lying earlier this month when confronted with the DNA evidence.

Some people will use this case to characterize all women who report being raped, but won't use this case to characterize all people who report being the victim of a crime as a cover for behavior they want to hide.

For them there is no possibility that a man who comes home from gambling can decide to lie to his wife and say a young black man carjacked him and hid in the SUV as he withdrew all that money he subsequently lost at the casino. For them there is no possibility that an innocent man could go to prison -- and possibly still be there -- for a crime that never happened because a husband decided to lie and then stick to his lie no matter who got hurt.

Nope, wrongful convictions are only possible when the women lie or when the prosecutors decide to frame an innocent man.

Update (8/24): The woman who made the false accusation, Judith Ann Lummis, has had her probation on an unrelated conviction revoked by a judge. No matter what is contained in her personal history it was right for her allegation to be investigated, but it was wrong for the prosecutors not to wait for the DNA results.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rape And The College Man

With many college freshmen arriving on campus now, this story should be an important reminder about consequences.

The 2 former University at Albany football players, Julius Harris and Lorenzo Ashbourne, who were recently sentenced to 6 months in jail had plead down a charge of 1st degree rape to 3rd degree rape. The reduced charge has a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison while the original charge has a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. A 3rd man who was also charged with this crime, Charles Guadagno, is expected to make a similar plea agreement soon.

Two former University at Albany football players who raped an 18-year-old freshman classmate in their dorm room in October were sentenced to six months in jail Thursday as the victim's father blasted the punishment as a "travesty."

This father's outrage is understandable since these two men could be out of jail as early as October. Considering what they did and the serious impact their actions have had -- and continue to have -- on their victim, they got off very lightly.

These men may not agree, but unlike their victim, they had the power to avoid these consequences. They had the power to prevent rape. I'm not talking about the "If only I knew where the situation was heading, I would have run," kind of power that magnifies everything negative which came before being raped. These men had real power not to commit rape.

While it is too late for these college men, it isn't too late for others.

Some men will rush to harm others and will refuse be deflected, but many others who think they are doing nothing seriously wrong can be deflected either by being aware that they can hurt others or by being aware that their actions can come back and bite them.

When it comes to rape on college campuses, I've heard some people say that this is the time when young men work through their mistakes in a safe environment which turns rape victims into nothing more than collateral damage. College shouldn't be safe only for young men.

For anyone who doesn't understand what I'm saying, imagine a student who has been given a new car for high school graduation, but who hasn't mastered driving yet. Should that person find college a safe protected environment if he or she frequently confuses the brake and the accelerator, violently striking other students or making other students sprint out of the way each time to keep from being seriously hurt?

I doubt if you shared a college campus with this person that you would want the only official response to be lectures given to you and your fellow students about staying alert for drivers like this one. You wouldn't want to see posters warning you of the danger of using an iPod when that danger is being run over by reckless student drivers. You certainly wouldn't want to see other, more skillful drivers seeing the lack of consequences for bad driving and decide that chasing pedestrians is a fun way to kill some time.

Yet this is the type of atmosphere many college women face -- only worse. Nobody accuses the pedestrian struck by a car of wanting it because he likes riding in cars or because he was looking for a ride a few minutes before being struck.

We recognize that there is a clear difference between riding in the car and being turned into a hood ornament. We recognize that the driver's excuse that there was a misunderstanding is nonsense.

To prevent rape on college campuses and elsewhere, we need there to be this level of mental clarity when it comes to telling the difference between sex and sex crimes.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Connecticut Eliminates Statute Of Limitations In Sex Assaults

Thanks in large part to the persistance of Donna Palomba whose rapist was identified through a DNA match after the Connecticut statute of limitations had expired, that same injustice won't happen for many other rape victims with DNA evidence but no suspect.

For rape victims like Donna who have already seen the statute of limitations expire, this change in the law won't make a difference in their cases since the law doesn't apply retroactively.

Donna's rapist was convicted of actions related to rape since the statute of limitations on kidnapping hadn't expired, but there is a clear difference between kidnapping and kidnapping as part of a sex crime. This difference is important not only for the appropriate length of sentence, but for risk assessment and for public safety.

Under the change, six of the most serious sexual assault crimes - first-degree sexual assault, aggravated first-degree sexual assault, sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship, second-degree sexual assault and third-degree sexual assault, with or without a firearm - may be prosecuted at any time, if the alleged perpetrator is identified through DNA evidence and the crime was reported within five years of the attack.
I'm sure many people will object to this change for various reasons, but it is a needed change.

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Is Feminism To Blame For Problems In US Criminal Justice System?

That seems to be one of the questions asked by Marie Gottschalk in her book The Prison and the Gallows. And according to Daniel Lazare's review of this book, the answer seems to be yes, at least for those feminists who were sick of seeing men get away with rape and wanted to see those who committed sexual violence treated as people who committed real crimes.

Daniel Lazare's take on Gottschalk's book (via Lawyers, Guns and Money):

Gottschalk's assault on '70s feminism is sure to raise the most eyebrows. She argues that the women's movement helped facilitate the carceral state by promoting a punitive approach to sexual violence that was unmitigated by any larger political considerations. This single-minded focus led to what The Prison and the Gallows describes as unsavory coalitions with tough-on-crime types. In the State of Washington, women's groups successfully marketed rape reform as a law-and-order issue so that, when the measure finally passed in 1975, it was "in part by riding on the coattails of a new death penalty statute."

If rape reform rode the coattails of bad laws, then rape reform is clearly not responsible for those bad laws. Should protecting victims of rape and protecting the public from repeat rapists be viewed as bad simply because feminists were willing to work with the tough-on-crime types?

If so, then any law that passes thanks to any vote from a legislator who isn't ideal must be viewed as a bad law. This would be true for any prison reform law. If you convince a tough-on-crime type that your bill is good (more effective at reducing crime and less expensive) then you've done something seriously wrong.

This is such backwards thinking that it in essence makes all laws bad.

The premise seems to be that if the feminists weren't trying to fight crime then our prisons wouldn't be overcrowded, there would be no abusive treatment of prisoners and no innocent man would ever be convicted and later exonerated. This is nonsense.

Chain gangs, forced confessions, lynching of prisoners and exonerations existed before any group of women were called feminists. The good old days before feminists started getting laws changed weren't so good for the prisoners and it certainly wasn't so good for the victims of domestic violence and sexual violence.

In Washington state before the feminists rode those coattails, Ted Bundy was murdering young women in sexualized crimes, including 2 on the same day in 1974, but it is feminists and the tough-on-crime legislators who take the fall for the public's willingness in 1975 to put men to death.

Feminists have been working on crime prevention for decades and have been getting backlash for that effort the entire time. The popular non-feminist response has been largely 3-fold: denial, victim blaming and calling for putting "real" rapists to death. But no matter how much effective prevention we have, some people will still commit horrific crimes at every opportunity they get.

Do we really want to eliminate the punitive response to dangerous criminals? I don't. I don't think you do either.

I can prove it easily. Do you want to see everyone currently in prison on a sex crime conviction immediately released? The child rapists, the child pornographers, the sexual sadists, the stranger rapists, the rapist/murderers. All of them out of prison. Now.

Do you want to see everyone currently in prison on a domestic crime conviction immediately released? The men who strangle their wives, the men who shoot other men who flirt with their woman, the women who run over their cheating husbands, the men who murder their children to punish their ex-wives. All of them out of prison. Now.

Is that what you want?

This would ease prison overcrowding, at least a little.

No? Then you too are just as much a part of the problem with our prison system as any feminist who doesn't want rapists to get away with their crimes.

The fact is that some people dismiss certain sex crimes and certain domestic violence crimes because of their opinion of the victim and/or the perpetrator. They don't want to see certain criminals given the sentences appropriate to their crime.

This is no real solution to the problems inside our prisons. In fact, this type of bias is, I believe, an underlying factor in many inequities within the prison system.

When it comes to sexual violence we have people who excuse so-called "gray" rape while demanding death for child rapists. When it comes to drugs we have people who excuse illegal use of prescription drugs while demanding long prison terms for those who use crack cocaine.

Basically the same crimes, but committed by a better class of people in acceptable ways or against non-sympathetic victims.

We have people who shout for "due process" and "innocent until proven guilty" when college men are arrested for rape, but who shout for the death penalty when someone from another country is accused of rape.

When it comes to complaints about rape shield laws, "due process" usually means allowing the defendant to distract the court from the actual evidence of the case by smearing the victim's character while robbing that victim of any "due process" rights.

Many people who scream about the lack of "due process" for men accused of rape, don't have a problem with lack of "due process" for someone suspected of plotting a terrorist attack. This double standard is rampant.

But feminism and feminists are handier scapegoats for a problem that belongs to all of us. And it is easier to look for scapegoats than it is to look for ways we can contribute to solving this complex problem.

Yet feminists’ involvement was relatively modest two years later [after VAWA] when a few liberals tried to rally opposition to Clinton’s plan to abolish Aid to Families With Dependent Children, which heavily benefited poor women. Like their nineteenth-century forebears, who advocated bringing back the whipping post to deal with wife beaters, late-twentieth-century feminists got more excited about punishment than defending the welfare state.

Again feminists are taking the fall for a trend that permeates our entire society.

We as a society are faster to condemn the vulnerable than we are to support them, whether the vulnerable are raped or hungry. Then we are faster to mock the vulnerable when they get angry over being trampled on and seeing people around them hurt or dying.

Poverty is a complex issue and one that is impacted by discrimination, illiteracy, infrastructures such as mass transit, pay inequity, day to day safety, and many other issues. To condemn feminism based on one law or even two is to demonstrate that you don't understand anything about feminism.

Many of the rules related to welfare and other safety-net programs created a prison for the poor that blocked their exit out of poverty. Healthcare is just one example. When people need medicine to stay alive because of chronic conditions it makes no sense to ever have a rule that can leave those people without healthcare. But many who will die without their medicine will lose their healthcare if they make one dollar too much.

When these people do lose healthcare and reach a medical crisis they will go to the ER and that treatment may be much more expensive than the healthcare which was lost.

But, hey, let's not think about that. Let's blame the feminists.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

For Those Of You In NYC

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Man Charged With Sexual Abuse of 2 Year Old In Daycare

And we get another example of why all the talk about girls contributing to their own assaults is clearly nonsense. In this case, a 2-year-old girl was sexually abused by a 24-year-old man, Matthew Arvid Smith, in Mora, Minnesota who reportedly described himself as a pedophile during an interview with an investigator.

His wife who operated the daycare reportedly confronted her husband about suspicious behavior and at that time he denied doing anything wrong. The story doesn't say who contacted the police, but I suspect it was his wife. I applaud her for not rationalizing away the facts of what she saw and sensed.

Unfortunately, many people who understand instantly that this girl didn't ask for it, seem to lose all their brain cells and rationalize away the facts of a crime when the victim is 12 or 22.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Respiratory Therapist Sentenced For Molesting Young Patients

For all those who say anything less than a Rambo like response from rape victims enables rapists, I hope this case wakes you up and shakes you out of that harmful way of thinking.

I'm not sure a sentence of 45 years is enough in a case like this one.

Wayne Albert Bleyle had pleaded guilty to molesting five disabled children and taking pornographic photographs of others. Prosecutors said he targeted patients who were comatose, brain-damaged or too disabled to talk.

He allegedly told investigators he molested as many as half the children he treated in 10 years working in the convalescent ward at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

In case you missed what this man admitted, almost every other child he treated in the last decade he found a way to sexually molest.

The problem is not in the children he molested, the problem is in him and it is in eveyone who excuses any rape or any act of sexual violation. The problem is in anyone who views general assumptions about someone's character as a substitute for a thorough investigation.

This case highlights why we can't rely on stereotypes about sex offenders and why we can't prevent rape by demanding that all potential victims avoid all potential rapists.

This case also highlights why any level of victim blaming gets it so wrong. There can be no excuses for any rape or any sexual abuse or any sexual exploitation.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Wimpy Victims Of Gray Rape Responsible For All Rapes That Follow

In my post Gray rape victim blaming (with music and lyrics) about the article by Laura Sessions Stepp with the headline, A New Kind of Date Rape You Must Know About in this issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I highlighted how this spins the fault for many rapes onto the victim and I see that the article did it's job.

Jocelyncs wrote:

This article infuriates me because this pathetic, wimpy behavior empowers
rapists worldwide. Everytime a woman says no and then refuses to defend herself
against a rapist, she is sending a message to that "man" (though I use the term loosely) that he is free to ignore not only HER refusal but the refusal of every woman he dates or sees in a coffee shop or passes on the street in the future.

Notice that what infuriates her isn't the actions of the rapist, what infuriates her is the lack of action from the rape victim. The easy reaction would be to blame this woman for this reaction, but she was led carefully down this path.

I believe the leading to this conclusion was premeditated by Laura Sessions Stepp and yet the leading is hidden under layers of sympathy for the victims of "gray rape." I also believe this woman was manipulated deliberately so that she would be infuriated in just this way.

I can't view her as a passive victim however since she says, "You were PASSIVE, you idiot." to the rape victim described in the Cosmo story. If passivity is inexcusable in rape victims, it must be inexcusable in all who want to scream at some rape victims and call them idiots.

I wouldn't be surprised if this woman swore before reading this article that she would never blame the victim, but Ms. Stepp has her doing just that. And not only for the victim's own rape, but for the rape of every woman the rapist dates thereafter.

I'm sure the rapists just love that.

That shows us that Ms. Stepp is very good at what she does. She taps into narratives which support victim blaming and which support most rapists. She isn't the first, and unfortunately, she won't be the last.

The truth that isn't included in the Cosmopolitan article is that this rapist is only free to ignore the woman's refusal because he knows the chances that he will be held legally accountable is slim to none -- even if his victim immediately reports to the police. And he knows that many will accuse his victim of making a false police report if she recognizes "gray rape" as real rape.

This is the real freedom given to this rapist and it didn't come from his victim.

Ms. Stepp got women who are obviously still hurting to trust her with their trauma and like the rapists before her, Ms. Stepp betrayed that trust. The responsibility for this belongs to Ms. Stepp, just as the responsibility for rape belongs to the rapist when he engenders trust he had no intention of upholding.

As a rape victim who could be described by people like this as a pathetic and wimpy person before being raped, and as someone who years later finally took a hard look at my choices with the assumption that all those people were right, I now know this spin for what it is.

Pure unadulterated bullshit. I swallowed this for decades and it was as nasty as what comes straight out of the back of a cow. I paid the price for taking the fall for my rapist.

No more. This lie is like a virus. One that must be quarantined.

Liking people and trusting people and not understanding that a rape is in progress isn't a crime. Raping people is. Why is that so hard for so many people to understand?

My rapist (boyfriend) didn't get the a-okay to rape me from my actions or lack of action, he got that a-okay from people who said that those who don't act like Rambo aren't really raped.

Rape victims are not pathetic or wimpy for not recognizing danger in time to avert rape and they are not pathetic or wimpy for not turning into Rambo.

Rapists are pathetic for requiring Rambo-like responses to avert rape.

So do you want to be like the rapists or do you want to put a stop to rape?

Choose. Now.

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Is Rape Really Any Worse Than Any Other Crime?

Whenever I see a question like this, I know the person asking the question is trying to minimize the impact of rape and is hoping others will chime in supportively with "objective" responses. Once that happens then those who talk about the serious impact of rape can be declared to be overreacting or irrational.

After all, "objective" people have declared rape to be no worse than any other crime. Only those clearly "non-objective" people disagree.

The dismissive way "objective" people talk about rape when raising or answering these sorts of questions supports the rationalizations used by those considering rape. This is true even if a disclaimer is given that the person in no way is attempting to minimize or support rape. Note: if you have to write a disclaimer, whatever you write in your disclaimer is false.

The description of rape by "objective" people becomes so generic that those doing the "objective" quantifying strip away all elements except the movement of one body part. Tab B goes into Slot A. And people get prison time for that?

If we used these methods, we could turn any trauma into far less than it really is.

We could take a father who was mugged by a man who aimed a gun straight at his heart, and who smiled in a way that made it clear that the mugged man's life has no value to him and we could say there was no trauma at all since the man wasn't physically harmed.

It wouldn't matter that this person now knows where his victim lives and now has a picture of his wife and daughters because he has the man's wallet. The only harm is the amount of cash in the wallet and the cost to replace the lost items.

"Objectively" this means that the mugger committed a crime no worse than the man who finds the wallet another man lost and who decides to keep it.

This twisting of reality shows how non-objective this so-called "objectivity" really is.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Gray Rape Victim Blaming (With Music And Lyrics)

Cosmopolitan Magazine isn't so cosmopolitan and bright thanks to an article in the September issue by Laura Sessions Stepp, who has decided that the cause of many rapes is -- you got it -- the victim.

Recycling, don't you love it! What's old is new again.

Same old product but it's got a great new name. Generic rape doesn't sell, but gray rape does.

Gray is the new real.

Would you buy blaming the victim for real rape? NOOOoooo!

Would you buy blaming the victim for gray rape? YEEEsssss!

Marketing works, yeah!

In Cosmopolitan Laura Sessions Stepp has turned gray into the most fashionable color. All the benefits for the rapist but with none of the consequences.

Rape light, if you will. Same great exploitation but less condemning.

Unless you're the victim, you horrid creature. How dare you lead the boys and men astray?

Let's all sing a perky song of gray rape prevention! (sung to the tune of Michael Row Your Boat Ashore)

Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah

My mothers and sisters are all to blame, hallelujah
My fathers and brothers are all a hoard, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah

The blaming is deep and the blaming is wide, hallelujah
Milk and honey on the blaming side, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah

Gray's river is chilly and cold, hallelujah
Chills her body but not men's soul, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah
Girlies lead the men astray, hallelujah

So as you sing the song of gray rape prevention, remember: Those hapless gray rapists aren't to blame since they would never rape girls who don't do something wrong.

Women who want you to buy their books would never steer you wrong.

So you girls who decide to save yourselves until after your wedding day while condemning those girls and women who become victims of gray rape remember not to do anything wrong on your wedding night or any day or night thereafter. Unless you too want to risk becoming a victim of gray rape.

As with all gray rapes, it will be all your fault.

Oh, what a wonderful gray world we live in!


Down with gray rape! Up with respect for everyone! Even those few who aren't perfect.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Sperm Paint: Bad News For Rapists

This story about a new development in analyzing material collected in a rape kit may be bad news for rapists, but it is good news for justice.

The science of collecting evidence from rape victims is being expanded at the University of Virginia. The technology is called “Sperm Paint.” This revolutionary new technology could help police solve rape cases that previously had to be tossed aside due to a lack of evidence.

According to the story, the current process requires finding intact sperm which is harder than I assumed it to be since sperm cells break apart quickly. The new process identifies the tail of the sperm by a protein that can't come from anywhere else.

This new process also may increase the time available for collecting viable evidence which is definitely good news.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Professors Who Abandon And Endanger Youth Should Be Held Accountable But ...

... only if they are endangering youths accused of rape. That's the position supported by the statement made by former law school Dean, Joseph Bellacosa about the so-called Duke 88. (via Concurring Opinions)

[A]lthough the group [Duke professors] can't technically be charged with crimes - though abandoning your young and endangering youth sure do come close to real definable crimes - there are ways these professors can be held accountable.

Where is the concern for the endangering of college women who are victims of real definable crimes?


From this man's statement, we wouldn't know that a single woman was raped by a college man and we certainly wouldn't know from his statement that women are ever raped and murdered by college men and that college leadership can decide to conceal crimes like these.

We also wouldn't know that a single professor has ever committed a sex crime -- or any crime -- against a student. The Duke 88 are apparently the greatest threat there is to the safety of college students.

His publicly stated position increases this danger to young women since supporting anyone who reports being raped by a student means coming perilously close, according to his standards, to committing real definable crimes.

If these actions do come close to real definable crimes, then it is his duty to clarify which criminal statutes they almost violated. If he cannot do so then his statement must be seen as nothing more than hyperbole and possible slander.

He blames Duke University for settling a lawsuit in a way that protected these professors but doesn't blame everyone else who agreed to this settlement. Does he think some of those involved couldn't read the legal agreement and were therefore victimized by the university? If the civil settlement was corrupt then all those involved are equally culpable.

But that doesn't fit the tidy little world view he is creating. He seems to find it convenient to overlook basic facts to make his political point.

If "enflaming a premature and prejudicial atmosphere" is wrong when the students are men accused of rape, then we must hold all professors (and law school deans) to this same high standard when they write or talk about any students who report rape or anyone who reports being raped by a student unless and until that person has been convicted of perjury or filing a false police report.

Premature enflaming is premature enflaming no matter who it is directed at.

As Bellacosa told us, "they should not be allowed to get away with their prejudgment - a brazen violation of the presumption of innocence" or is that for boys only?

Bellacosa isn't calling for anything resembling true justice. This is a call for ongoing harassment of people who have committed no crime and this is a call with the explicit intent to damage these people's careers.

This is also an implied warning to all college professors -- abandon all those who report being raped or else.


Imagine the reaction this man would have if this same call to action were issued against all professers who have ever supported a student accused of rape who was later found guilty at trial or who admitted his guilt and against all professors who have ever attacked someone who reported a rape but who was not convicted of perjury or filing a false police report and against all professors who collaborated in the media spectacle surrounding any rape case.

Imagine if someone wrote this about these professors:

The courses and classrooms of these [...] professors should be emptied. The university's academic leaders should consider assigning them to teach only elective courses. No students should be forced to sit through mandatory courses with professors who evidently believe more in their ideologies than in their human charges.

How would Bellacosa react if his own words and his standards were used against professors he doesn't personally oppose or against professors he actively supports?

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Holly: Caring Blogger Award Recipient

I announced the Caring Blogger Award meme yesterday, and today I want to kick it off by featuring Holly of Holly's Fight To Stop Violence who is a rape survivor as my first tag, but I'm not handing this award out simply because Holly survived a terrible crime.

The reason I'm selecting Holly is her caring which led to changes in the criminal justice system in Canada for all rape victims and in some cases for all crime victims as she fought to bring her rapist to justice. Her currect focus is getting a national sexual violence/abuse hotline for Canada.

This hotline has the potential to help so many people, it's almost unimaginable. Thanks, Holly and keep on caring.

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Here are the guidelines for this meme (please include in all posts related to this meme):

1. You don't have to wait to get tagged to join in.

2. Write a post with links to 1 or more blogs written or co-written by a blogger who makes you care. (up to 5 per post) Tell us what the blogger makes you care about and why this blogger is effective at getting you to care. If there are more than 5 blogs you read that deserve this award or you want to focus on one blog at a time, wait a while then give out more awards.

3. Link to this post so that people can easily find the origin and the purpose of the meme.

4. Optional: Once you are tagged you may display the ‘Caring Blogger Award’ logo.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Caring Blogger Award

I've been thinking about the different award meme's that are out there and I decided there is definitely room for a Caring Blogger Award. Running the Carnival Against Sexual Violence highlights many great posts, but the scope is limited by the very nature of the carnival. That's why I decided to create a new award meme.

The Caring Blogger Award.

Here are the guidelines for this meme (please include in all posts related to this meme):

1. You don't have to wait to get tagged to join in.
2. Write a post with links to 1 or more blogs written or co-written by a blogger who makes you care. (up to 5 per post) Tell us what the blogger makes you care about and why this blogger is effective at getting you to care.
If there are more than 5 blogs you read that deserve this award or you want to focus on one blog at a time, wait a while then give out more awards.
3. Link to this post so that people can easily find the origin and the purpose of the meme.
4. Optional: Once you are tagged you may display the ‘Caring Blogger Award’ logo.

This is your opportunity to bring attention to caring bloggers who may not be as well known as they should be. If you want to award a blogger who has already been tagged, please do so.

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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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