Friday, February 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 41

Welcome to the Feb. 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 Running for President While Female 3 posted at Women's Space/The Margins, we get a discussion of a 1997 cartoon that reflects current attitudes.

In Behind The Complaints About Uppity And Passive Women posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the conflicting stereotypes about women that are often used together to put women into no-win situations.


In Lotto Fever For Sex Offenders In Massachusetts posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get a discussion of a sex offender who won $10 million and then got in trouble for not notifying Connecticut authorities that he moved out of state.

In Big AWA Decision in Oklahoma posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the decision in US v. Dowell which is the first completed hearing under the "sexually dangerous person" provisions of the Adam Walsh Act.

In Evidence And Ethics 4: Professor Orenstein's Special Issues Raised by Rape Trials posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about an article by Indiana University School of Law Professor Aviva Orenstein about ethical challenges in rape trials.

In Blaming Victims posted at Searching for Crabshells, we get a discussion about reactions to a case where 80 men groped 2 women and how automatic it is for people to view the victims as being the ones responsible and how surprising it can be when people don't fall into this trap. This goes beyond general attitudes and includes how families of those accused respond to the charges.

In Sheriff's Deputies Sexually Assault Woman On Camera posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the treatment of a crime victim which has resulted in a lawsuit filed by the victim against law enforcement.

In Warning: It’s Only Sexual Assault if He Succeeds in Getting a Blowjob posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get a discussion of the trial of Jackson County Commissioner Mike Brown who has been found not guilty of criminal sexual conduct at least in part because he did not succeed in his attempt to force the sexual contact he wanted.

In The Justice System Condones Sexual Assault Once Again posted at Feminists To The Rescue, we get another discussion of the trial of County Commissioner Mike Brown and how too many people dismiss admissions of force because the person charged doesn't fit stereotypes of who rapists are.

In In a rape culture, the man is never to blame posted at The Curvature, we get another take on the Mike Brown trial where attempted sexual assault gets turned into nothing more than bad judgment.

In UW Must Defend its Handling of Student Rape by Football Player posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion about the decision by the Washington State Court of Appeals which reinstated a Title IX case against the University of Washington over the handling of a rape case against a UW football player.

media watch

In "The Greatest Silence" - DRC Documentary Wins at Sundance posted at The Blackbird Whistling or Just After, we get information about a documentary about violence against women in the Congo.

In The Gray Rape of Excuses For The Hapless Rapists posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss an article by a college woman that puts the blame for most on-campus rapes on the victim by creating a scenario where a college rapist becomes the hapless victim of a sexy woman who changes her mind.

In For the Love of the Game: Covering Up Rape to Win the Rose Bowl posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the Seattle Times story about the University of Washington's handling of players in the months leading up to a Rose Bowl win.

personal stories

In Healing posted at Searching for Crabshells, we get a discussion about advice about how to heal and the uncertainty that so many people have about whether they are healing in the right way.

raising awareness

In CALL TO ACTION posted at ~Enola~, we get information about proposed cuts to US federal funding for victims and a call for everyone who opposes these cuts to contact their representatives.

In Chilling posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion of our society's failure to respond adequately to sexual violence especially that committed against native women.

In Traveling (Solo) Safely posted at Less Than a Shoestring, we get a discussion about how to enjoy traveling by yourself while keeping safety in mind which includes the tip to take pictures of the people around you and a reminder that men who travel alone aren't necessarily any less at risk of becoming a crime victim than women are.

In The Sharia Council of Britain? Give me a break! posted at Glob-a-log, we get a discussion of a 15 year old girl who was tricked into marriage and then forced into prostitution and the responses to this case.

In Rape posted at Feminist Fire, we get a discussion about the definition of rape and how definitions which are broader than any definition which can be applied in criminal statutes are often misused to discredit feminists.

In In support of the Sex Workers Art Show Tour at Duke posted at Sexual Embodiment, we get a discussion of an educational program which sought to humanize those who are often dehumanized and demeaned and we get a discussion of how those who demean sex workers and label themselves as ethical often feel free to ignore clearly stated rules and boundaries.

In Pattern Of Calling Victims Stupid Puts Lives In Danger posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a situation where a woman in a burning car was afraid that her rescuer was trying to hurt and how an emphasis on stupid victims causes women to wrongly assume the worst in a crisis situation.


In Poine, The Erinyes and Nemesis posted at Dealing With Healing, we get a discussion of the mythology of angry goddesses and how recovering from violence often brings vengeful thoughts and dreams.

In Mixed Emotions Keep The Hurt Alive---Incest May Be A Part Of My Life Series---Part 6 posted at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker, we get a discussion about how the emotions that a survivor feels about and toward her abusers can often keep her/him stuck in the pain and the abuse.


In When Sex and Violence Go Bad posted at Woman Remodeled, we get a discussion about whether we are being proactive enough in fighting rape and what being proactive really means.

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 Feb. 27 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Mar. 1.

To nominate a post (your own or someone else's) to the next edition of carnival against sexual violence, use our carnival submission form. If you have any problem with the form, please let me know so your submission can be considered for the next edition.

Links to everything related to the carnival can be found on the blog dedicated to this carnival,

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:06 AM   2 comments links to this post


At February 16, 2008 6:59 AM, Blogger Debs said...

Brilliant work as always, Marcella! x

At February 17, 2008 1:22 AM, Anonymous Holly said...

Thanks so much for including my post!


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