Saturday, March 01, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 42

Welcome to the Mar. 1, 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 First-ever global anti-human trafficking forum opens posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a discussion of the United Nations forum held in Vienna, Austria with 1200 experts, legislators, law enforcement agents and other representatives from around the world.

In CrimProf Mary Leary Discusses Protocols Needed in Online Child Exploitation Cases posted at CrimProf Blog, we get a discussion of how the law handles cases where children create and then distribute sexually explicit images of themselves in violation of child pornography laws.

In Legal Standards Target Protective-Order Breakdowns posted at Allegory of the Cave, we get a discussion of flaws in the system behind protective orders given to crime victims which leaves many of these people protected in name only.

In How The Media Influences Rape Conviction Rates posted at Feminist Peace Network, we get a discussion of a study done which looked at the distorted picture the media creates about rape and how this distortion impacts those cases which don't fit the media model of a real rape.

In Another Reason Statute Of Limitations On Rape Are A Problem posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a Washington state case where some of the charges had to be dropped and replaced by non-sex crime statutes which were also broken because the rape of a minor wasn't reported in the allotted time.

In I'm not a murderer, just a necrophiliac. posted at PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer, we get a discussion of defense strategies used to combat overwhelming evidence beginning with the murder trial of Mark Dixie whose defense team is claiming he did have sex with the woman, Sally Anne Bowman, after she died of multiple stab wounds but he didn't kill her.

In It’s The Predatory Perversion, Stupid posted at Jules Crittenden, we get a discussion of the crimes which follow failed efforts to have high-risk sex offenders civilly committed.

In Rape on YouTube posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about a gang rape case in the UK where one of the teenage participants posted a video of their attack on the unconscious woman while the victim's children were being restrained.

In Graeme Reeves: Medical rape culture and collegiality at Hoyden About Town posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of an Australian doctor who intentionally mutilated women's sexual organs and who failed to properly treat all of his patients medical problems.

media watch

In Police Interrogations And False Admissions posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss practices which are examined in the book Police Interrogations and American Justice by law professor Richard A. Leo and some related practices which may not be included in this type of book.

In Trade: Brilliant film about sex trafficking posted at apophenia, we get a discussion of a 2007 film now out on DVD.

In Calling sex crimes ‘statutory rape’ or ‘molesting’ diminishes the severity of the offense posted at Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, we get a discussion about how terminology often discounts the reality of the trauma that child victims endured.

In Why ask men to stop raping when women can barricade themselves in their homes? posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a college article which looks at alcohol use by college women but which neglects to give any focus on men's decision to drink and rape.

In What A Dumb-Ass Article! posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion of research which blames feminists for not stopping men's violence against women.

In Rape Appologists posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion about how quickly online conversations can slide into rape minimization and victim blaming and how those who derail a conversation by blaming victims quickly get defensive when their statements are challenged.

In Repellent Robbo, rape apologist posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of comments made by Clive Robertson on late night talk radio and the response by station management to a complaint about Robertson's comments.

In "Just because you can see it, doesn't mean it's yours.": the political misappropriation of personal posted at Selective and Arbitrary, we get a discussion about how candid stories of personal experiences are selectively quoted by people with no respect for the original authors and no qualms about twisting the meaning of other people's words.

In LA Times: Women Should Stop Bitching About the Rape that Doesn't Actually Happen posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of an op-ed written by Heather MacDonald which repeats old attacks on rape victims and those dedicated to helping them.

personal stories

In Houston, We Have A Problem posted at Cruella-blog, we get a discussion of threatening phone calls and the police response to those calls.

In Date rape is not a seduction technique! posted at Diary of a Freak Magnet, we get a discussion of an IM exchange after a second date.

In On Rapists/Abusers, and Appearance posted at Big Liberty, we get a discussion about the difference between being a desired target and being at fault for being targeted.

raising awareness

In Report IT Rally for Victim’s Rights posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get a discussion of Report IT campaign Rallies for Victim's Rights with the next rally date set for April 29. The goal is to help give victims of sex crimes the justice they deserve.

In SBC leader calls rape victims group evil-doers posted at Bene, we get a discussion of how the Southern Baptist Convention handles reports of sexual abuse.

In How much is a woman worth? In Israel, about $8-10,000 US posted at Delaware Libertarian, we get a discussion of sex trafficking in Israel with most of the thousands of trafficked women being lured under false pretenses from the former Soviet Union.

In Fathers, Husbands, Brothers, and Sons – “ManUp!” needs you! posted at KC Man Up!, we get a call to action for men to help reduce gender violence.

In Stop Protecting Pedophiles posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get a discussion of continuing problems within the Catholic church related to their handling of sex abuse cases.

In Teen girls see sex assaults as ‘normal,’ educator says posted at Holly's Fight to Stop Violence, we get a discussion of observations made by Gerry Connelly who is a Toronto school board official.

In Love is? not this? posted at Women's Health News, we get a discussion of a medical blogger's treatment of a case where a woman was shot "in the vagina" that turned a serious crime into a "humorous" story. Also worth reading are the comments which discuss assumptions about violence victims and prevention.

In Just Another Liar Filing A False Rape Report? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case which isn't likely to be highlighted by rape denialists for a variety of reasons.


In There is No Such Thing As A Rapeable Offense posted at Journeying Forward, we get a discussion of the common fallacy that some rape victims got what they deserved when they were raped while they were doing something wrong or while they ignored common advice given to girls and women.

In NIJ: Study Reveals Unique Issues Faced by Deaf Victims of Sexual Assault posted at Center for Independent Living of South Florida Advocacy Blog, we get a discussion of research funded by the National Institute of Justice which looked at the issues not faced by non-deaf victims.

In Specific problems in traumatised children with attachment problems posted at Imaginif..., we get a discussion of the problems created by early abuse which can sometimes go undiagnosed because they seem to be disconnected from that abuse.


In NCJRS Abstracts posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about several studies related to sexual offenders.


In RAINN's 24/7 Campaign posted at Black and Missing but not Forgotten, we get a discussion of efforts to expand RAINN's online hotline from its current limited hours.

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 Mar. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Mar. 15.

To nominate a post (your own or someone else's) to the next edition of carnival against sexual violence, use the 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   4 comments links to this post


At March 02, 2008 12:41 PM, OpenID Rachel said...

Thanks for including my post - this is another great edition!

At March 02, 2008 9:33 PM, Blogger Holly/Admin said...

Great carnival Marcella!
I have realized over the past few weeks the importance of your efforts to have a safe place.
In your efforts of hosting the Carnival, Marcella you are letting many of us post and make comments in respect to the awareness.
Thank you for hosting and the safe place in the awareness. Each post brings so much to the efforts. All the best, Holly Desimone

At March 03, 2008 1:56 AM, Blogger Ginger said...

Terrific job Marcella - you do such good work here. Thanks for including me!

At March 03, 2008 7:49 AM, OpenID bigliberty said...

Hi there! I'm reasonably new to the blogosphere, and I'm rather ashamed I wasn't aware of this site before I saw my post linked.

I'm going to read through the Carnival posts carefully. Thank you for including me, and thank you providing this aggregation. I'm another person who believes that sexual violence is much more common than many believe, and in that same sense virtually culturally "taboo." I myself am attempting to keep my blog anonymous out of fear of retribution from an abuser, and fear of discrimination by the company I currently work for (and/or future companies).

Thanks again. :)


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