Thursday, May 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 47

Welcome to the May 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:

creative expression

In Mother’s Day and the Release of No Trespassing posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get information about a new film which was inspired by the experiences of a child whose own mother was a child sex trafficker and a child molester.


In Breast Ironing posted at Womanist Musings, we get a discussion of a pervasive action which is done by mothers to prevent girls from being targeted for rape and we get a discussion of possible solutions.


In Amnesty International Calls for Protocol for Rape Victims at IHS posted at Falmouth Institute/American Indian Report Blog, we get a discussion of the request for people to join forces with American Indian and Alaska Native women in demanding that the Indian Health Service standardized protocols be used for treating all victims of sexual assault.

In A Poorly Drafted Sex Crime Law and "Rape by Fraud" posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a Massachusetts bill which leaves the definition of fraud so broadly defined that it would go beyond the intended scope of the bill.

In Tulane Ignored Rape Allegation Against Disgraced Frat posted at Student Activism, we get a discussion about the treatment of a fraternity which was suspended only after ten members of Tulane University’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were arrested.

In Idiots? posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion about the flaw in proving a crime only through intent with the example of a man in Sweden who wasn't convicted after shooting 2 teens and killing 1 because they couldn't prove that the man intended to kill those teens.

In Eleven-Year-Old Rape Victim Was Asking For It posted at Steph's blog, we get a discussion of the community-service sentence given by Judge Robert Atherton to Jon Dixon.

In Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Law Enforcement on Ignoring Crimes Against Black Women and Girls:Romona Moore posted at What About Our Daughters, we get a discussion about legal action being taken to get law enforcement to respond before missing women are found dead.

In Rapist is a contributing member of society posted at Astraea's Scales, we get a discussion of the danger of judging rapists as if they hadn't been convicted of rape.

In Ohio Supreme Court upholds life sentence for rape committed as juvenile posted at Cincinnati Law Library Association, we get a discussion of the Ohio Supreme Court's ruling which upheld the state’s mandatory life imprisonment sentence for the forcible rape of an underage victim.

In Defining Rape When Vulnerability Created By Others posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I begin a series of posts on defining rape sparked by a question from a commenter about a scenario in a Law and Order episode where a girl was drugged and raped by one man and then soon after found by a friend who decided to have sex with her despite of or because of signs of her trauma.

In Raped or Abused? Go to Jail! posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of the treatment of women in countries such as Pakistan when women run away from abusive marriages.

media watch

In U Conn Editor Attacked for Writing Assault Story posted at Student Activism, we get a discussion to the hostile reaction to a student who wrote about her personal experience of fending off a sexual attacker and how forcefully defending herself emboldened another man to physically attack her while every man nearby did nothing to help her.

In Walking Out a Rapist posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of an awareness campaign meant to fight sex trafficking which uses the slogan: Walk in a punter. Walk out a rapist.


In WrongCards Aren't Only Wrong, They're Disgusting posted at Menstrual Poetry, we get a discussion about a site which makes a joke out of spiking someone's coffee with rohypnal.

personal stories

In Bordering Rapist posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of viewing unwanted sexual behavior on a bus and how most people simply ignored that behavior.

In An Open Apology.... To The Ones Who May Have Come After Me posted at Journeying Forward, we get a personal and thought provoking letter written to those that may have been raped, in part, because a rape was not reported.

In The Mundane Rape posted at Female Impersonator, we get a discussion about the popular mythology which rejects calls for regular guys to make sure they never rape because only born monsters rape.

raising awareness

In "You think that was assault?" posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of the actions taken against a college woman who defended herself from a man who assaulted her and had him pinned which allowed the first attacker to escape and which made the woman run to escape further violence.

In On "Real Rape" and Rape Apologists posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the behavior of comedian Johnny Vegas in a show which some audience members saw as the rape of an audience member who was pressured into being carried onto stage as if she was a corpse where she was clearly sexually groped against her will -- and possibly also subjected to digital penetration.

In Justify This posted at rmott62, we get a reaction to the report “Challenging Men’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland” which highlights the punter’s words which justify their use of prostituted women and girls from someone who was the target of those words and the actions they justified.

In Abuse is More Than Physical posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion of the various dynamics of abuse which go beyond actions which leave bruises or physical scars.

In Violence Against Women Is A Issue About The Behavior Of Men posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the radical idea that rape is about the behavior of the rapists not the behavior of rape victims.


In Victim's Reaction to Being Abused posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of how abuse victim's experiences and perception are invalidated.


In Domestic Violence and Executive Dysfunction posted at GNIF Brain Blogger, we get a discussion of executive brain function and the implications it has on designing domestic violence programs to address different subtypes of batterers.

In "Unwanted Sexual Contact, in Context" posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information on a long term study done at the University of New Hampshire.


In Child Sexual Abuse - Facts VS. Myths posted at Telling It Like It Is, we get a discussion about beliefs people hold which may cause parents to falsely assume their child is safe from sex abusers.

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 May 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Jun. 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,

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:03 AM   2 comments links to this post


At May 16, 2008 1:06 PM, Blogger Cristine said...

Marcella, thanks for including my post in this carnival. There's lot's of good stuff to read here and this is such an important issue. Cristine

At May 19, 2008 6:22 AM, Anonymous Holly said...

Thanks SO much for including my posts! It is always an honor to be included in this carnival.


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