Saturday, November 01, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 58

Welcome to the Nov. 1, 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 On Those Supposed “Rape Exceptions” posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the South Dakota anti-abortion measure which has a rape victim exception that is worded in such a way to dismiss the choices of rape victims.

In Four false confessions in Nebraska revealed by DNA evidence posted at Bluhm Blog, we get a discussion of the confessions by 4 people in the rape and murder of a 68 year old woman from Beatice, Nebraska some of whom confessed because of the threat of the death penalty.

In Change is Possible! posted at The Journey to Peace, we get a discussion of a meeting with legislators to discuss needed changes in the legal system.

In Wasilla On Steroids? Los Angeles Has Backlog Of 7038 Unprocessed Rape Kits posted at Feminist Peace Network, we get a discussion of a report that found that of the thousands of rape kits which haven't been tested over 200 of them weren't testing before the statute of limitations ran out.

In Is there an ivy-leaguer exception to federal child porn charges? posted at Sentencing Law and Policy, we get a discussion of how different people who were caught with similar evidence were treated by law enforcement and the courts.

In When Self Defense Doesn't Count posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a case where the 16-year-old defendant has been sentenced to several years in juvenile detention as part of a plea deal despite the prosecutor agreeing that her claims are credible.

In 15-Year-Old Arrested for Pornographic Photographs . . . Of Herself posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the use of a criminal statute designed to protect children from exploitation by others being used against someone who didn't exploit another person.

In Georgia Supreme Court Rules that Registration Requirements Unconstitutionally Vague as Applied to Homeless posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about a ruling over a law which made it impossible for homeless sex offenders to register as homeless then made it a crime to not register properly.

media watch

In Victim-blaming by the Queensland government posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of the “Safer Drinking Cultures” programme's public service ad which follows a girl backwards from rape to the moment where her parents gave her alcohol.

In The problem with calling rape sex?.. posted at Ludditejourno's Weblog, we get a discussion of a problem which is highlighted by a story which described rape as a sex attack and has ads for better sex directly under that article.

In What's Wrong With This Headline? posted at The Dawn Chorus, we get a discussion of the use of scare quotes in a story about rape allegations.

In The Sexual Exploitation of Women Dramatized and Documented posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a movie about sexual trafficking titled Trade.

In ummm I'm pretty sure this is rape. posted at What a crazy random happenstance, we get a discussion of an item overheard in an office where the subject of snide comment about the travails of motherhood could have been avoided if the mother hadn't passed out at a party.

In Robert Jensen, "Porn's Dirty, Dangerous Secret" posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of an essay which talks about how often violence in porn is dismissed with an automatic claim that violent porn is fiction.

In Be Bold Be Red Goes Viral Loco Visual posted at Document the Silence, we get a discussion about the second annual effort to raise awareness about violence against women of color in different US cities.

personal stories

In On Reporting Rape posted at O'Doyle Rules, we get a discussion about how reporting requirements in abortion ban rape exceptions dismiss the valid reasons rape victims don't report including the credible belief that the truth will be assumed to be a lie.

In Welcome to anyone new, and Why the Hell do I do this? posted at Polimicks, we get a discussion about being raped by someone who claims to love you and then being raped by another boyfriend while people ignore your scream.

In Rough Weekend posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of a weekend where a friend uses force and another friend who is having trouble coping is in crisis.

raising awareness

In Shouldering the Blame posted at A Reader Writes, we get the original version of an opinion column which appeared in a university newspaper.

In Okay, so I have been drinking posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion about the difference between believing someone has been raped and being a true ally of someone who was raped.

In Deserved Rape? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the personal attack against women who don't give men what they expect sexually which is packaged as rape prevention advice.

In When the fear and threat of sexualized violence is gone, I will... posted at Female Impersonator, we learn about a campaign which asks people to state what it would be like for them without the threat of rape.

In Rape Myth #10: S/he doesn't act like a rape victim. posted at Polimickswe get a discussion of assumptions about how real rape victims react.

In finally at the door! posted at a males life after rape, we get a discussion of a scheduled meeting with Congresswoman Brown-Waite.


In The Knowing posted at rmott62, we get a discussion of reaching the point of recovery where the knowing of the violence done by johns surfaces.


In Study looks at the lives of boys who commit dating violence posted at The Masculine Heart, we get a discussion of a study which sheds light on the lives of teenage boys who abuse their girlfriends including those boys often troubled histories.

In YOUR INK: Connecting the October Dots posted at Girl with Pen, we get a discussion about the link between the economy and the dangers which economic hardship can have on the most vulnerable including services for victims of violence.


In UNIFEM Say No To Violence Campaign posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the United Nations Development Fund For Women awareness and fundraising effort to help stop violence against women around the globe.

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 Nov. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Nov. 15.

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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