Monday, March 31, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 44

Welcome to the Mar. 31, 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.

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Before I get to carnival entries, I want to encourage everyone to participate in the 2nd Blog Against Sexual Violence Day. While the theme is sexual violence in the workplace, participants are not limited to blogging on that theme. So put the BASV logo on your blog now (the code to do so is in the announcement post) and mark your calendars for Thursday April 3, 2008.

So far we are below last year's numbers so please join us.

Here are the selections for this edition of the carnival against sexual violence:


In Friends and Waiting posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of what it means when women won't reveal who raped a vulnerable woman because “... these guys are our friends! You can’t report them to the police!”

In Problems in Sex Crime Policy Advocacy posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about differing agendas and how people who are very different can agree on certain issues.

In Sexual Harassment Grievances During War: Military Bases, Rural Places, and Silent Spaces posted at Feminist Legal Theory, we get an examination of the grievance procedure and where there is room for administration “muck up,” or where it is fairly easy to “look the other way.”

In 'Lenient' sentence for paedophile who raped 10-year-old girl posted at PUBLIC EYE, we get a discussion of the sentence given by Judge Julian Hall to Keith Fenn who blamed his young victim for allegedly looking older and more sexual than most girls her age.

In The CSI Effect posted at Voir Dire, we get a discussion of research related to the impact of shows such as CSI on how jurors view evidence in real life.

In Don't Click that Link posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the FBI's use of what Internet users are led to believe is a child porn video and the legality of subsequent search warrants looking for child porn.

In What's in a Name? posted at Crime and Consequences, we get a discussion about the view of some sex offenders as being mentally ill.

media watch

In "Incest/rape/abuse is boot camp for prostitution." posted at Women's Issues?, we get a discussion about the ABC 20/20 show "Prostitution in America, working girls speak."

In Debunking Buchanan: Violent crime and racial fearmongering (Post 5 of 5) posted at The Jed Report, we get a discussion of the crime statistics used and ignored by Pat Buchanan to turn blacks into the worst racists beginning with, "As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence."

In Through Reading Twisty posted at RQ, we get a discussion about how rape and prostitution share the same ugly root..

In Your Sexual History, Alcohol Consumption, Clothing and Location: Reasons Why You’re to Blame for Being Raped posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get a discussion of the results of a recent Irish Examiner survey which found victim blaming to be common.

In What is this “rape” of which you speak? posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of an article in the March 17 issue of Time magazine about the Darfur conflict, and how the lines between “good” guys and “bad” guys are blurring.

In Finding Angela Shelton posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get information about the new autobiography of the creator of the documentary of the same name.

personal stories

In How Did You Know? posted at A Secret Chord, we get the answer to the question, “But…if you knew them, how did you know it was rape?”

In It Wasn't my Fault! posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a reminder of how persistent self-blame can be.

raising awareness

In Speaking Around Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss an anonymous letter to the editor from a rape survivor published in the Daily Pennsylvanian which includes descriptions which omit the most traumatic actions.

In University of Virginia turning its back again; rubs salt in blue and orange wound. posted at Liz - Not Ranting, Just Saying., we get a discussion about alumni lists and a rape survivor alumni.

In Ending Violence Against Women posted at Between Us Girls, we get a discussion about why violence against women isn't just a personal experience for some, it is a worldwide epidemic which impacts us all and which all of us can help fight.

In A REQUEST TO ALL RABBIS posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a request that asks rabbis to send messages of healing, empowerment and growth to those who are who are suffering the life long effects of surviving sexual violence.

In Rape Is A Social Issue posted at The Feminist Pulse, we get a discussion about how societal attitudes contribute to rape and how a change in societal attitudes can help reduce the number of rapes.

In Clothesline of t-shirts from Rape survivors on campus posted at Eyes n' Lens, we get a series of pictures from a college rape awareness event.

In Let's Show Al Sharpton That We Are Our Sisters' Keeper posted at Something Within, we get a call to action for women of color in response to efforts by Al Sharpton and the local chapter of the NAACP to see the defendants in the Dunbar Village gang rape case given better treatment.

In Some People Should Stay Single posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of behavior which excuses disrespect and domination because the person disrespected can't or won't stand up against that disrespect and domination.

In When Submission Becomes A Routine posted at World Divided, we get a discussion about how a mix of religion and tribalism has always produced the most vicious and evil combination. This mix contributes to 70 percent of women in parts of Niger who find it normal that their husbands, fathers and brothers regularly beat, rape and humiliate them.


In The Sin of Forgiveness posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about the pressure to forgive which comes with a lack of accountability for the forgiven.


In The Truth About Prostitution posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get information about prostitution which needs to be kept in mind when considering what position to take on prostitution, especially the average age of entering prostitution which is 13.5 years.


In male support group for sexual assault posted at a males life after rape, we get a discussion of a new group formed in Alachua County, Florida.

In Advice For Rape Survivors: Personal Safety posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss personal safety by first focusing on the behavior of all those who will exploit the trauma that follows rape.

In Launching Child Safety and Child Sexual Abuse Series posted at Telling It Like It Is, we get a discussion about the danger which comes from parents deciding to turn away from sex abuse prevention because they view it as a rather dark and depressing subject.

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 Apr. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Apr. 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 @ 9:08 PM   2 comments links to this post


At April 01, 2008 6:59 AM, OpenID jayherron said...

I am pleased to have my article as a part of this gallery-this is such a wonderful thing that you do!!
Thank You

At April 01, 2008 11:02 AM, Blogger Xavier Pierre Jr. said...

This is awesome. I support this wholeheartedly.

Peace and Love,

Alizé (


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