Monday, September 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 55

Welcome to the Sept. 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 The Bush Myth, The Woman Who Bought It And The One Who Didn't posted at Beyond Feminism, we get a cartoon which clearly demonstrates the flaw in the belief that date rapists shouldn't be prosecuted.

In Poems & Politics: Rape - Adrienne Rich posted at Miserable Old Fart, we get a discussion about the blogger's realization that rape survivor poems are like war poems which provide a catharsis to those who survived and we get a poem entitled Rape.


In Sex assaults that leave victims pregnant can warrant tougher penalties, court rules posted at CrimProf Blog, we get a discussion of a California Supreme Court ruling which found that pregnancy from rape may be considered a great bodily injury.

In The Borderlands posted at Speaking Out., we get a discussion about the violence committed against Hispanics assumed to be in the US illegally either out of resentment or from the belief that these victims will be too afraid to report crimes committed against them.

In A Less Visible Cost Of Our Pedophilia Panic posted at The Faculty Lounge, we get a discussion about an unexpected barrier to having law students volunteer to help high school students prepare for a moot court competition.

In ND women gang raped/ignored posted at Hear me Roar, we get a discussion of a case where the victim's initial willingness to have consensual sex was viewed as an excuse to treat her as someone who couldn't have been a victim of a sex crime.

In Update on ND gang rape victim posted at Hear me Roar, we get a follow up discussion of a case including County Attorney Stuart Larson's comment: “You have four statements that contradict one statement,” which implies that all gang rapists need to do to escape justice is for them all agree that the victim consented.

In September 8, 1977: Community organizers lead effort to recall judge who blamed rape victim for being "sex object" posted at The Morrill Majority, we get a discussion of the efforts which led to the historic recall of Judge Archie Simonson.

In In Which I Incoherently Rant About Rape Apologist Judges Who Need to Be Removed From the Bench posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of comments made by Judge Wayne Chivell where he excuses a 24-year-old rapist because the rapist loved his 12-year-old victim.

media watch

In Buy Your Own Drinks: A Warning of the Mindset of Justification posted at The Unofficial Stanford Blog, we get a discussion of the date rape chapter of the book How Dangerous Men Think.

In Learning to feel safe posted at OMS Book Reviews, we get a review of the book Safe about a 13 year old girl relearning to be safe after her rape.

In Our Little Secret by Duncan Fairhurst posted at books, we get a discussion of a book which provides an autobiographical account of the sexual abuse suffered by the author at the hands of his father from age 4 to age 14 and how it affected his life.

In Oh, brother...Sex Drive, comedies, and sexist tripe. posted at Gender Goggles, we get a discussion about movies with the premise where a boy or young man sets out to have sex with a girl or woman who clearly doesn't want to have sex with him.

In De-humanizing immigrants harmful to all posted at Speaking Out., we get a discussion about the harm done when someone's immigration status is linked to that person's decision to rape.

In Yes Virginia, women really do act as apologists for the patriarchy posted at Bek's blog, we get a discussion of one woman's negative reaction to the idea of including the rapist in headlines about rape cases.

In Spot The Difference posted at The Frog Prince, we get a discussion of what details were deemed important or not worth mentioning in a story about a man sexually assaulted by a woman at a bachelor party.

In My Website Is In Development And Has A Name posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss my upcoming website and seek suggestions for the content.


In I might not be canonized anytime soon, but I survived and I don't regret it! posted at Small-Town Elitist, we get a discussion of the canonization of Maria Goretti who killed herself rather than live through rape and the surrounding negative messages about women and girls who did live through rape.

personal stories

In I was raped. posted at 98¢ Green Beans, we get a discussion about making the declarative statement, "I was raped," and all the feelings that swirl around when thinking about that reality.

In Commenters posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of an unfortunately common response to online disclosures of rape where a stranger feels the right to pass judgment on the rape victim's actions while ignoring the actions of the rapist.

raising awareness

In When a Man is The Victim: A Study in Rape Apology posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of how people judge similar actions differently based on their biases using the example of a rape case in Australia where the best man at a bachelor party was assaulted by a stripper as his buddies cheered.

In So called "Lie Detector" tests posted at Ruminations - Lutte contre l’injustice, we get a discussion of the danger of using unreliable devices to monitor the behavior of sex offenders on parole or the use of a polygraph to declare that a case has been proven or disproven.

In Risk Avoidance: not the solution to rape posted at Ravings of a Rocky Mountain Feminist, we get a discussion of the faulty assumptions behind teaching women what to do to avoid being raped.

In Utah has high reported-rape rate, but most victims silent posted at CrimProf Blog, we get a discussion of the results of a 2007 phone survey of more than 1,800 women.

In On Rapists posted at My Perspective, we get a discussion of the flaw in the theory that you can discern a rapist from a non-rapist by whether that man passed up an opportunity to rape you.

In Pastor Takes Allegations Seriously But Calls Crime A Mistake posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss comments a pastor made after a youth leader in his church was charged with sex crimes against a student at an unaffiliated Christian school.


In Breakthrough or breakdown? part 2 posted at Ha'azina Tefilati, we get a discussion of what it takes in the recovery process to openly admit what has been kept locked up for many years.

In Do Sexual Abuse Survivors Need Therapy? posted at Gudrun Frerichs, PhD, we get a discussion of a variety of issues related to the choice of whether to see a therapist and the need for any therapist to respect the leap of faith a survivor has taken in seeking therapy.


In Student Success: St. Mary's College of Maryland posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of how a student helped get her campus' policy regarding sexual violence updated and improved.

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 Sept. 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Oct. 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   6 comments links to this post


At September 15, 2008 7:16 AM, Blogger justicewalks said...

Thanks for including me.

At September 15, 2008 5:02 PM, Anonymous Mary Tracy9 said...

Thank you so much for including my cartoon, Marcella. It means a lot to me that a feminist as knowledgeable as you on the subject of sexual violence appreciates my work and understands the message I was trying to express.

At September 15, 2008 6:46 PM, Blogger Rebekka said...

Thanks for including me too.

At September 15, 2008 11:13 PM, Blogger Holly/Admin said...

Hi Marcella,
Great selection! Take care

At September 16, 2008 2:53 AM, Blogger Scotty said...

Ditto on the thank you from me as well, Marcella.

At December 29, 2008 11:30 PM, Blogger Scotty said...

Thank you from me too, Marcella.


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