Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 45

Welcome to the Apr. 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.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Blog Against Sexual Violence Day which I coordinated for the second year in a row.

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

creative expression

In No Trespassing, My First Short Film posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get to see the trailer for 'No Trespassing,' which is a film based on a vignette written by Holly Ord about child abuse, healing and having the courage to let go.

In Sexual Assault Awareness Month posted at A Lover's Dream, we get a segment of an upcoming book which shows how often survivors speak casually of what is nearly unspeakable.


In Voluntary intoxication as a defence to rape posted at Criminal Letters, we get a discussion of the trial of Marek Mierzwa where he was found not guilty of rape but found guilty of having sex with someone deemed unable to grant legal consent.

In Interesting Article: Queer Teens and Legislative Bodies: The Cruel and Invidious Discrimination Behind Heterosexist Statutory Rape Laws posted at Sexual Orientation and the Law Blog, we get information on the gendered nature of so-called Romeo and Juliet exceptions to statutory rape laws which unequally punish those not in heterosexual relationships.

In Domestic Violence restraining orders are going high-tech! posted at Alexis A. Moore, we get a discussion of a Massachusetts law which allows GPS monitoring devices to be used to help combat violations of protective orders and which is being considered in Illinois.

In Hey, asshole posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about how some racist jerks used the Al Sharpton controversy to attack the victim of the "comparable" case where the white rapists were given parole.

In Get The Customer! posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about attempts to reduce prostitution by focusing on prosecuting those who pay for sex rather than prosecuting those being prostituted.

In Question from the Past: Death for Rape? posted at CrimProf Blog, we get a discussion of the use of the death penalty for rape which was last applied 44 years ago and which is being challenged in Kennedy v. Louisiana.

In You Weren't Mugged, You Just Gave Away Your Belongings posted at Profound Sarcasm, we get a discussion of the appeals court ruling upholding the Nebraska court ruling banning the word rape.

In Hospital predator's appeal rejected: blames rape on victim, non-existent mental health disorder posted at Selective and Arbitrary, we get a discussion of a rape case where the father of a hospital patient raped a girl in her hospital bed.

In Please compare posted at Snowed In, we get a discussion of the 5 year sentence given to John F. Berger who fatally drugged Tressa Gross "to get sex" and the sentences given to women who fought with a man who wasn't killed in what they believed were acts of self-defense.

In My Article on the Kennedy Case posted at Sex Crimes, we get information about the challenge of the death penalty for child rape where the victim was not killed.

media watch

In Women are more troubled by bag theft than rape, says senior BNP candidate posted at Lancaster Unity, we get a discussion of The Evening Standard's revelation that Nick Eriksen, the BNP's London organiser and the second-highest candidate on its list for the Assembly, is the author of "Sir John Bull," a notorious far-Right blog which has regularly advocated hatred and abuse against women.

In Stories on Teenage Relationship Violence and Sexual Assaults on Reservations Honored by Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma posted at Our Bodies Our Blog, we get a discussion of a Cleveland Plain Dealer series on teen dating violence and a NPR report on the epidemic of rape on Native American reservations.

In Rape In The Military: The Other Inbound Wounded posted at The Faculty Lounge, we get a discussion of Representative Jane Harman's LA Times op-ed discussing the frequency of rape in the military.

In Actually, She Wasn't Asking For It At All posted at The Hand Mirror, we get a discussion of the Had Enough public service ads.

In I Was Raped T-Shirt Not A Statement Of Victimhood ... posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the responses to the "I was raped" t-shirt.

personal stories

In Blogging About Rape posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about the judging people do about whether the “victim” is worthy of support, or whether she is to blame and so can be tossed away and how the violence against victims who clearly fall in the first category can lead to a person entering the second category.

In Finding Help posted at One victim's experience of rape., we get a discussion of the difficulty of finding help from a rape counselling agency because of waiting lists which can delay counselling for months.

In TRUE LOVE TUESDAY:NO MEANS NO! APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH posted at Lovebabz: A Life in Transition, we get to see how a lack of response to the first signs of abuse contributes to later abuse.

In Blog Against Sexual Violence posted at Pizza Diavola, we get a survivor coming out as an assault victim and assault survivor, and talking about the role of visibility in raising awareness of sexual assault--realizing that rape statistics aren't about some other people over there, they're about you and me.

In The Revolution Will Be Televised (whether I like it or not) posted at heather corinna: pure as the driven slush, we get to see what happened during what was anticipated to be a normal weekend when the "I was raped" t-shirts became a hot topic in the media.

raising awareness

In Secondary victims posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion about those who may not realize that they have been traumatized by sexual violence.

In April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month: a Global View posted at Global Health Delivery Project Blog, we get a discussion of the wide spectrum of beliefs surrounding gender dynamics and sexual violence around the world.

In Speaking Out posted at 2 B Sophora, we get a discussion of the facades used to hide and continue sexual violence.

In A Mile In Her Shoes posted at "Para Siempre", we get a discussion of an awareness raising event where men can show their opposition to violence against women.

In Red, White and Blue Rape posted at Raving Black Lunatic, we get a discussion of a man's realizations about a problem that he can't fully relate to because he's never felt in danger of being raped.

In Socialization Which Sets Up Sex Predator/Passive Victim Model posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, a reader discusses experiences she had as a mother which helped her understand why a rape victim would feel that she couldn't speak up and had to endure multiple rapes.

In Empowering the Victim: Developments in Human Trafficking Seminar posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about an upcoming event.

In Blog Against Sexual Violence Day Participant Links (Live Blogging) posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, we get a collection of blog posts. Please go check them out if you haven't already.


In Prostitution Recovery posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a couple of programs in Minnesota.


In Voice Stress Analysis: Only 15 Percent of Lies About Drug Use Detected in Field Test posted at Deception Blog, we get a discussion which is relevant beyond drug cases since these machines could be used in rape cases with the assumption that they are an accurate of truthfulness.


In Let's Not Be Silent Any Longer posted at The Burning Times, we get a discussion about the pressure on rape survivors to remain silent sparked by the backlash against the "I was raped" t-shirt .

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.

If you haven't read it already, check out the 3rd edition of the Carnival Against Pornography and Prostitution at the Burning Times.

The next submission deadline is Apr. 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on May. 1.

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, http://carnivalagainstsexualviolence.blogspot.com/

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:03 AM   4 comments links to this post


At April 15, 2008 2:34 AM, OpenID rmott62 said...

Thanks so much for putting my piece on the Carnival. It is a great honour.

At April 15, 2008 8:47 AM, OpenID Debs said...

Once again I must say thanks for the amazing work you do on this Carnival every fortnight - I don't know how you find the energy! Debs xx

At April 15, 2008 6:00 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Thanks so much for the link and for your hard work Marcella.

At April 16, 2008 12:54 AM, OpenID pizzadiavola said...

Thank you for the link, and thank you for organizing the Carnival. There is fantastic stuff! *goes off to read*


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