Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 39

Welcome to the Jan. 15, 2008 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:


In 1739: Penelope Kenny and Sarah Simpson posted at Executed Today, we get a discussion of the first executions (of either gender) in New Hampshire -- two women hanged for concealing dead children, under harsh laws rooted in gender- and class-structured enforcement of reproductive behavior.

In The Perfect Friend posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, we get a discussion of the contrasting sides of perfectionism using an episode of Desperate Housewives where the character Bree creates a perfect atmosphere yet uses her son as a pawn.


In Baltimore Police Officer Gets Probation For Alleged Rape of A 16 Year Old Girl posted at Pick Your Battles, we get a discussion of a plea deal made after some of the forensic evidence in the case disappeared while in the control of the Baltimore police department.

In It's Always the Woman's Fault posted at Shakespeare's Sister. we get a discussion about typical victim blaming by a defendant during sentencing which fell flat with the judge in large part because Kenneth Cooke's victim was only 4 years old.

In Deacon Blues: New Jersey Court Finds Confession Inadmissible Based Upon Cleric-Penitent Privilege posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion of a ruling about a confession made while the clergyman viewed himself as acting in the role of employer and not in the role of spiritual advisor.

In Exonerations Show Flip Side Of Injustice Against Those Who Report Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the frequent use of exonerations to justify hostile treatment of those who report rape and how acceptance of bigotry against victims harms defendants.

In Sealed Juvenile Records May Not Be Unsealed For Use In SVP Proceedings posted at Criminal Appeal, we get a discussion about the unsealing of juvenile records so a parole board could evaluate whether the person met the sexually violent predator civil commitment criteria.

In Rape, lies and county debts posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of the possibility that a California woman who pleaded no contest to a charge of filing a false police report will be levied the expenses for the criminal investigation when this expense doesn't seem to get levied for other false police reports.

In Virginia Governor Proposes Rape Law Reform posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the proposed changes to current law which currently include allowing a statutory rapist to escape prosecution by marrying the victim and which allows police to require rape victims to take a lie detector test.

In Rape and the Limits of Law posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion of the role and power of law in dealing with rape in countries at war or that have ongoing sectarian violence.

In Tale as Old as Time: Blame the Victim posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of the denied request by Broadway actor James Barbour (who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the reported groping of a 15-year-old fan) to set up his own hotline seeking information from other men "falsely accused" by this girl.

In Rape Case Where Victim Not Allowed To Say Rape Won't Be Retried posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the latest ruling by the judge who barred certain words from Tory Bowen's testimony which caused the prosecution to abandon the case.

media watch

In Anti-Rape Campaigns posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion of different visual images used to communicate with the public.

In Rape as Murder of the Soul posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a New York Times story about Susan Xenarios, who heads the Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

In Rape: Fodder for Comedy Routines and Political Ignorance posted at Feminist Peace Network, we get a discussion of the New Jersey Comedy Festival at Monmouth University and the prevalence of rape jokes told by the men and we learn that Mitt Romney had never heard of the Violence Against Women Act.

personal stories

In Look Into The Eyes Of A Child posted at Telling It Like It Is, we get a view of how a girl can in a few moments go from feeling completely safe and protected to feeling unsafe and unprotected.

In A Failure of Imagination posted at Waiting for Rain, we get a discussion of the unexpected reaction 4 friends had to a slogan for a liquor store which implies that alcohol can overcome lack of consent and how otherwise decent people can find a dangerous message funny.

raising awareness

In How Safe is Public Partying During Festive Seasons in India? posted at bangalorebeats, we get a discussion about the problem of uncontrolled gang molestation which makes it unsafe for women to go out at certain times even if they are with a man or several men and we get a call to take note of these notorious acts and condemn them.

In Cars, beer, sexual harassment posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the behavior of a mob of about 200 men at the Summernats car festival, which takes place in Canberra every year, as they yelled at women to expose their breasts and see how this behavior fits with the festival organizer's description of them as a “big group of happy people marching around.”

In Antidepressants as a substitute for justice? posted at rethinking rape, we get a discussion which clearly shows the contrast between how rape victims are told to react and how others who are harmed are supposed to react.

In You can only say 'Yes' if you can say 'No' posted at Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty, we get a discussion sparked by the revised call for submissions for "Yes means yes" anthology about how state sponsored sexual violence reflects the culture in general.

In The Real Violence Behind So-Called Gray Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case where a man was suspended from Lewis & Clark College for one semester and how this term better describes an MO.


In The essence of compassion part 2 posted at Loving Awareness, we get a discussion about how denial of child sexual abuse and avoidance of the issue of abuse is really a lack of compassion. A refusal to accept the abuse adds to the trauma of the experience.

In BLAME: ONE PAINFUL WAY OF DEFEATING YOURSELF posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion about how blame goes beyond accountability for certain actions and passes judgment on the person being blamed.

In AM I UNDER HIS "SPELL"? posted at Dangerous Liaisons, we get a discussion about how the feeling of being under an abuser's spell can come from the fatigue of being abused much the same way that people can feel hypnotised from driving a long stretch of road.

In Narcissist Sympathizers posted at What Makes Narcissists Tick, we get a discussion of the problems inherent in the acceptance of an abuser as someone with flaws including how that contradicts acceptance of the experience of the abused.

In Breaking The Silence---Incest May Be A Part Of My Life Series---Part 4 posted at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker, we get a discussion about the most frightening, courageous, freeing step that a survivor can take for themselves.


In Department of Unsubstantiated Conclusions posted at I'm sick of your insane demands., we get a discussion of the biased value judgments researchers made when they found that female monkeys are more likely to have sex immediately after being groomed by male monkeys and therefore declared these female monkeys to be prostituting themselves.

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 Jan. 29 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Feb. 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, http://carnivalagainstsexualviolence.blogspot.com/

Marcella Chester

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At January 15, 2008 11:36 AM, Anonymous moritherapy said...

as always, a fantastic carnival! you put so much effort into this. thank you so much. you've got the makings of a big fat book here.

At January 17, 2008 2:18 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Great Carnival Marcella! When you can you should consider during the Best of all the Carnival Against Sex Violence, you could get the bloggers to pick the best Carnival Posts. Just an idea...Holly

At January 17, 2008 2:04 PM, Anonymous Lin said...

I apologize for my delay in thanking you for including my post in your carnival. We're caring for an elderly parent, and having one emergency after another, and I've gotten behind in nearly everything surrounding my blog.

Thank you very much for bringing this vital and devastating topic to others.


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