Monday, December 01, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 60

Welcome to the Dec. 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:

creative expression

In Science Sez: 100% of Rape Accusations Made By Women Are False posted at The Czech, we get a creative look at how different anti-feminist arguments can be used to deny all rapes.


In Nixzmary Brown's Mother Sentenced to Longer Term than Girl's Actual Killer posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about how emphasis on the betrayal of motherhood led a murderer, in the role of fatherhood, to get a shorter sentence than someone who did not murder.

In Double Standard posted at What about when MOM is the abuser?, we get a discussion about the judge who caused outrage after he refused to jail a woman who had sex with a 14-year-old boy and instead told her: 'He seduced you.'


In Round here we call that rape posted at Incertus, we get a discussion about a case where an armed police officer coerced a woman with a threat of arrest and who was allowed to plead guilty only to the charge of unlawful compensation because his victim had been drinking and was a recovering drug addict.

In California Appeals Court Revives Transsexual Inmate's Negligence Suit Against Prison Officials, but Rejects State Constitutional Claim posted at Leonard Link, we get a discussion of the ruling on a lawsuit against prison officials by a former California state prison inmate, who claimed to have suffered repeated sexual assaults and beatings at the hands of two cellmates.

In Love Is Not Abuse posted at Elliptically Speaking, we get a discussion of the laws in the Maldives which don't provide specific definitions of rape, marital rape or violence against women.
In The Political Incorrectness of Helen Mirren posted at The Jaundiced Eye, we get a discussion of the actual research related Mirren's claim that women jurors are desired by defense attorneys because they are jealous of the alleged victims which showed that female jurors who refuse to believe that rape could happen to them are more likely to refuse to believe the victim.

In Sex Crimes Prosecutor Charged With Rape posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the arrest of Michael Gressett, who is a 20-year prosecutor assigned to the sex crimes unit of the Contra Costa County, Calif., district attorney's office.

In The MO Of Date Rapists Continues To Fool Juries posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how the deceptive strategies of rapists which are used to help them succeed at rape can also fool jurors.

In Life Sentence For Failure To Register Cruel and Unusual in Georgia posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a Georgia Supreme Court ruling.

media watch

In No means yes.... ?!? posted at Feminist Reaction, we get a discussion of a Youtube clip of a Southeastern Asian drama that 372,691 people have viewed.

In Inappropriate Scare Quotes In A Headline About Rape posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of the pro-accused bias which describes the charges as "every man’s worst nightmare."

In False rape allegations and the media posted at Ludditejourno's Weblog, we get a discussion about an unverified statement of fact in the book, "Intro: A Beginners Guide to Professional News Journalism" which generally balances good practical information about how the media really operates, with brief discussions of ethical concerns and criticisms the media encounters.

In Women Are Always To Blame posted at The Dawn Chorus, we get a discussion of a graphic anti-binge drinking ad campaign which includes a scenario that is in reality rape but which is described as her having sex.

In Dame(sel) in Distress? posted at Sociology Eye, we get a discussion about how the ideas behind Helen Mirren's comments about women jurors help excuse and normalize rape and other forms of sexual violence.

In Victim Blaming those "Drunk Chicks" posted at Men Standing Up: Taking Action Against Sexual Assault, we get a discussion of TMZ's reporting that the host of "Human Weapon", Jason Chambers was arrested on sexual assault charges.

In Law and Order: The Invisible Black Victim posted at Womanist Musings, we get a discussion of the impact of a pattern of choosing to have fictional victims be white and fictional criminals be people of color which furthers stereotypes.

raising awareness

In If Police Won't Enforce a Restraining Order... posted at Cover Girls, we get a discussion about the testimony of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzalez) about the failure of the police after her husband kidnapped her 3 daughters who he subsequently murdered.

In Protesters Target Priest Who Abused Girl - and got a scholarship! posted at The Progressive Puppy, we get a discussion of a Catholic priest who was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old girl and who has been given sixty thousand dollars to study canon law at Saint Paul University.

In Rape isn't Hilarious posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about the difference between public rape jokes and private rape related humor used by survivors to help them cope.

In Colleges Can No Longer Impose Gag Orders On Rape Victims posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a Dept. of Education ruling against University of Virginia which stated that their policy forbidding rape victims from discussing the University's response to reports of rape violates federal law.

In False accusations of rape posted at Doctor Science Knows, we get a discussion of the minimizing assumptions about rape that are needed in order to say, "I think being accused of rape when one is innocent is as bad as being raped."

In Just a Few Words posted at rmott62, we get a discussion of tolerating an industry which is built on the acceptance of violence against the prostituted because some participants don't want the industry stopped.


In PATIENCE is the key posted at Notes from a Survivor, we get a discussion about the role patience plays in a rape survivor's healthy recovery.

In As You Work Toward Emotional Healing posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about how understanding the difference between shame and guilt is key to dealing with shame effectively.

In Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Causes, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion about trauma which often gets minimized.


In It's okay to force a girl to have sex if she has been flirting with you posted at In a strange land, we get a discussion of survey results published by the White Ribbon Foundation about domestic and family violence.


In Advice on How Not to Advise Women Not to Get Raped posted at The Sexist, we get advice for those who want to tell women what they must do, or never do, in order to prevent rape so that these advice givers won't be perceived as condescending rape apologists.

In Participating Citizen posted at Crisis Worker Diary, we get a discussion about how bystanders can take positive actions and decrease the tolerance for abuse and violence which is inherent when we pretend we don't see abuse or violence.

In Wesleyan Does It Right posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion of a good example of what should happen when rape drugs are suspected in a college environment

In Helping Abuse Victims Where They're Most Comfortable posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about programs which train hair stylists to recognize abuse and to help those who have been victimized find the resources they need.

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 Dec. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Dec. 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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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   4 comments links to this post


At December 01, 2008 8:43 AM, Blogger The Sexist said...

Thanks very much for the link. I love what you're doing here. -Amanda

At December 01, 2008 9:03 AM, OpenID theczech said...


Thank you for putting this together!

I'm glad you "liked" my weird "Science Sez..." post. You can probably tell that I had read one too many MRA blogs the day I wrote that.

At December 01, 2008 6:55 PM, Anonymous women against rape said...

Thank you, Marcella...
For such dedication, and such sweet, caring.

At December 01, 2008 11:17 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

many thanks as always Marcella -- keep up the fantastic work!


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