Friday, August 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 53

Welcome to the Aug. 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 Update on Kyle Payne posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion sparked by an email sent by a man who presents himself as an anti-violence advocate in which he explains himself before his sentencing related to taking pictures of an unconscious college student he was supposed to be protecting.

In Kyle Payne responds, sort of posted at Bookworm, we get an analysis of the open letter published prior to a sentencing hearing in which Payne positions himself as being open and honest.

In Another Woman Dead, The Blogosphere Largely Doesn't Notice posted at Questioning Transphobia, we get a discussion of the murder of Angie Zapata in which her murderer blamed his victim for his violence because of the murderer's sexual disgust over her identity as a transwoman.

In the cover up posted at a males life after rape, we get a discussion about the cover up of rape in the military from a man who was raped while in the military including a discussion about how the VA handled his disclosure of sexual assault.

In Pressure on servicewomen not to report assault posted at hunter of justice, we get a discussion about how the reporting processes for rape victims contribute to a low rate of reporting.

In Expert Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military posted at CALCASA Public Policy, we get a discussion of an event sponsored by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, in conjunction with the California Veteran’s Affairs Committees.

In DNA overturns another bad conviction in Dallas based on faulty eyewitness testimony posted at Grits for Breakfast, we get a discussion about how a serial rapist often described as having striking blue eyes could lead investigators to suspect a man, now exonerated, with green eyes and how the ID process could support this misidentification.

In CA7: Posner discusses “substantial step,” the “psychology of intent” and intent to have sex with an internet minor posted at Appellate Law & Practice, we get a discussion of when someone arrested in a sting operation crosses the line between fantasizing about committing a crime and actually committing a crime.

In One of these laws is not like the others posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of constitutional issues raised by the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

In Pre-Trial Diversion or Rapists Go Free posted at The Crone Speaks, we get a discussion of the case against Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray who was sentenced to a 2-years probation program at least in part because of allegations made against the girl Ray is accused of raping twice.

In "Legal epistemology is ninety per cent quantitative. The other half is qualitative." posted at PrawfsBlawg, we get a discussion of trial errors and how tradeoffs are measured between the impact on accused criminals and the impact on crime victims.

In The Handmaid's Tale: Fact or Fiction? posted at Living the Scientific Life, we get a discussion of a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) draft document that proposes to redefine nearly all forms of birth control, especially birth control pills, as a form of abortion and allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman's access to contraception this power would include obstructing rape victims from getting emergency contraceptives.

In What Lack Of DNA Evidence Proves posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I respond to a common claim by those who are eager to declare a rape case to be proven false.

media watch

In If You Love Date Rape, You're A Mitchum Man posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion about advertising directed at men which supports dangerous attitudes.

In To Channel 13: Rape Is Not a "Sex Scandal" posted at here's the thing, we get a discussion about how a television station which has generally done a good job of covering rape allegations against 2 members of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team can mess up.

In Knobbery in Seattle posted at I Blame The Patriarchy, we get a discussion of what attitudes underlie calling a case "prostitution" where two criminals kidnapped a 14-year-old girl and forced her to “have sex with” five men by threatening to kill her family.

In The myth of the woman who craves abuse posted at the Hathor Legacy, we get a discussion of the popular gendered myth which conspicuously ignores the fact that men also stay in abusive relationships.

In U.S. Investigates GI Accused of Rape posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of a San Fransisco Chronicle article which describes rape using that term rather than diminishing it through weak euphemisms.


In Beyond Blood Diamonds: 5 Other Products That Are Soaked in Violence posted at Organicasm, we get a discussion about products which are linked to violence and what you can do as a consumer in response to this violence.

In Jewish Soldiers Who DON'T Rape Are Racist? posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of a Hebrew University graduate student's thesis.

raising awareness

In Sexual crimes and the Gender struggle posted at Miss-Di-Meaner, we get a discussion of how support for gender inequality contributes to attitudes which contribute to rape since inequality is implicit in sex crimes.

In Who Are They? posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion about how often we don't know which of the people around us has survived rape or abuse.

In KBR Bans Cell Phones and Silences Rape Victims posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about a policy change by a US contractor which follows the high profile rape accusations by an employee working in Iraq who was rescued from KBR because she borrowed a fellow KBR's employee's private cell phone.

In OVERSIGHT HEARING ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY posted at BLACK WOMEN, BLOW THE TRUMPET!, we get a discussion of different types of ant--violence advocacy sparked by a hearing about military rape.

In Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse posted at What about when MOM is the abuser?, we get a discussion about sexual abuse by people who are often viewed as not being capable of sexual violence.

In HEALING IS HARD posted at Daughter of Tse Whit Zen, we get a discussion about the statistics which say that 3 out of 4 Native women have been abused as women or girls.

In Suki Falconberg: "Ms Iraq Comments on the Prostitution of Iraqi Women and Girls" posted at Women's Space, we get a discussion about how the US invasion of Iraq has displaced girls and women which has left them vulnerable to exploitation.

In Rape Myth #1: Women make false rape accusations all the time posted at Polimicks, we get a discussion about the claim that there is a high rate of false rape reports which contrasts this claim with the reality of what happens after rape is reported.

In He Just Thinks He's Been Wrongfully Accused Of Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the corollary to the claim that many of those who honestly believe they were raped actually consented and are making false rape accusations if they claim to have been raped.


In What Has Been Stolen posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about mourning what was lost because of sexual violence which began in childhood and allowing yourself to feel hatred toward those who were violent.

In PTSD Symptoms from Abuse & Bullying posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of how PTSD is a psychological injury not a mental illness.


In Teen Pregnancy And Sexual Violence posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of a report on teen pregnancy by the Center for American Progress which notes that teen pregnancy is often a reflection of the high rates of sexual violence toward young women, and that these rates of violence are much higher for young women of color.


In Moral Courage posted at Ruminations - Lutte contre l’injustice, we get a discussion about the strong response by administrators at St Paul's School for Boys after a member of their lacrosse team made a sex tape of him and a girl, without her knowledge, and later showed it to his Lacrosse team mates.

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 Aug. 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Sep. 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 @ 12:02 AM   7 comments links to this post


At August 15, 2008 11:19 AM, Blogger elle said...

Thanks for your work, as always Marcella.

At August 15, 2008 11:45 AM, OpenID pizzadiavola said...

Hi Marcella, thanks for your work pulling everything together!

Just a quick note - under the media watch section, the "Props to the AP for calling a spade a spade" post is the same as "U.S. Investigates GI Accused of Rape" at Shakesville. I took down the post at my personal blog a while ago when I guested at Shakes. Sorry about the confusion.

At August 15, 2008 12:34 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

pizzadiavola, thanks for note. The post at your home blog came in early so I didn't recheck it. I've deleted that entry leaving your post at Shakesville.

At August 15, 2008 2:15 PM, OpenID pizzadiavola said...

Thanks Marcella!

At August 15, 2008 6:08 PM, Anonymous archcrone said...

Thanks for the link -- I'm not sure who nominated the sheriff gets a pass post, but I am appreciative.
Other recent news from Knoxville, TN, a long-time rapist gets a partial pass -- jury believes rapists story it was the woman's fault he kidnapped, hog-tied and raped her for 12 hours.

I wish I was making this up.

At August 15, 2008 9:14 PM, Blogger Diana said...

Thank you for featuring my post on sexual crimes and the gender struggle at my (formerly named) blog Miss-Di-Meaner.

It is something I feel very strongly about and as a woman in a predominantly Muslim country I face challenges everyday with the people I have to deal with. I will link your blog to mine- great to know that I am among like-minded individuals in cyberspace.

At August 16, 2008 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what hasn't been said yet about kyle payne:


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