Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 57

Welcome to the Oct. 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 Mixed signals or ignored signals? posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of the common belief that most non-stranger rapists are merely confusing signals which ignores the reality that the rapist could have asked for clarification instead of assuming consent.

In Barriers to justice when rapists attack women with disabilities: new Australian report posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion about various issues related to sexual violence against those with disabilities.

In Father Who Killed Sex Offender In Daughter's Bedroom Won't be Punished posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a case where a father heard his daughter's screams and attacked the intruder.

In Veteran Sex-Crimes Prosecutor Arrested for Rape posted at What Happened To Protect and Serve?, we get a discussion of the charges against Deputy District Attorney Michael Gressett.

In "They Got What They Asked For" posted at Kittywampus, we get a discussion of comments about the victims in the sexual harassment scandal that forced Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to resign.

In Trial Looms Over MTA's Negligence in Platform Rape posted at Gothamist, we get a discussion of a lawsuit filed after transit employees who heard a woman crying out for help didn't move to help her and only called to report what they heard allowing the rapist time to succeed at the rape attempt.

In Arizona State May Be Liable for Rape by Football Player posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion about the university's potential liability due to their decision to disregard Darnel Henderson's expulsion from their Summer Bridge program and to return him unsupervised in the fall to the same dorm he had been kicked out of that summer.

In Why Schools Should Have On-Call Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of an Evergreen State College rape case which wasn't reported for 2 days because the college's health services office was closed on the weekend.

In Objective Consent Vs Enthusiastic Consent posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the flaws in the backlash against using enthusiastic consent as a way to evaluate the defense claim that, "She consented."

media watch

In Banned/Challenged Book Profile: Speak posted at I am the Lizard Queen!, we get a discussion about why Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel is labeled adult subject matter when so many children experience what the main character in that novel experienced.

In Attack on Jessica's Law vote in House race amounts to demagoguery posted at Grits for Breakfast, we get a discussion about how voting against a law which was opposed by crime victims groups and which had parts of it ruled unconstitutional is used in a political campaign.

In Good Book posted at Sojourn with the Smiths, we learn about the book Unwanted Sex: The Culture of Intimidation and the Failure of the Law.

In Native American Women Face Poor IHS Care, Especially after Being Raped posted at Pretty Bird Woman House, we get a discussion of an interview with Charon Asetoyer, who is from the Yankton Nakota Reservation in South Dakota, and is the founder of the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center.

In The article I've been waiting a year to read posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of an article in the UC Irvine's college paper in response to a stranger rape which highlights how sexual violence can be reported without victim blaming.

In Hounddog posted at Healing Yourself Heals the World, we get a discussion about how Hounddog is a movie that exudes hope and infuses survivors with a resonating voice that says 'I understand, it isn't your fault, now take back what is yours.'

personal stories

In Two bottles of champagne later posted at Fugitivus, we get a must-read story of the scar that's left behind the first time a friendship is lost as a result of a friend's refusal to believe the truth when rape is disclosed. It is often the little events that make her remember, "my rape is real, it really happened, and I am still dealing with it, in every little corner."

raising awareness

In Ruth Anne Koenick: Powerful Woman posted at Speaking Out., we get a discussion of an interview with the woman who helped found the University of Maryland's rape crisis center in the 1970s and who is now the director of Rutgers University's Department of Sexual Assault Services and Crime Victim Assistance.

In Asking for it posted at nickhereandnow, we get a discussion of the survey which found that 46% of Northern Irish students still think a woman who flirts is partly responsible for being raped.

In More posts about rape posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion about exactly why it is important for rape survivors to be believed since those who manufacture reasons for why it wasn’t rape at all, or not a bad rape, or not a rape anybody should be punished for, etc. are people who contribute to rapists not considering that what they’re doing is wrong.

In There's a Reason I Don't Like Having My Picture Taken posted at Feministe, we get a discussion about revenge porn and the lack of protection for those who didn't consent to have their image broadcast and the contrasting protection given to those who broadcast this porn.

In She was asking for it? posted at PinkAndChocolateBrown, we get a discussion of the reaction to a violent stranger rape where the victim was blamed for being outside at 4 am.

In Domestic Violence Victims: Resources & Laws Not Effective in Cases Involving The Use of Technology posted at Alexis A. Moore, we get a discussion about how traditional protections for victims of domestic violence don't include cyberstalking.

In Rape Myth #7: He doesn't look like a rapist and "He's my friend he can't be a rapist, I'd know." posted at Polimicks, we get a discussion about the incorrect assumptions people make about who is and is not capable of rape.

In University Of Iowa Handling Of Rape Allegations Highlights Why SAFER Database Is Needed posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the special counsel report which led to the firing of 2 UI employees and how flaws in the university's sexual assault policy contributed to the university president needing to apologize to the student who reported rape.


In Child Protection posted at Ruminations - Lutte contre l’injustice, we get a discussion about the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence calls for legislative and other reforms to curb abusive questioning and other misconduct directed at children who testify in civil and criminal cases.

In It’s Not Hard to Ask posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a simple to do item for those who assume someone else is consenting.

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 Oct. 29 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Nov. 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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