Monday, December 15, 2008

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 61

Welcome to the Dec. 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.

Before I begin the carnival, I want to highlight my fundraising effort for my travel expenses to the WAM! 2009 conference where I and my fellow panelists (Cara Kulwicki of The Curvature, Ashley Burczak of SAFER and Ashwini Hardikar of SAFER) will be presenting:

Pulling the Plug on Rape Culture One Word at a Time:
Using Accuracy to Undermine Dangerous Attitudes and Injustice.

I'm actually $20 over the amount listed above. Read my post on this conference for more information.

Here are the selections for this edition of the carnival against sexual violence:


In LAPD Still Has a Long Way to Go posted at California NOW, we get a discussion of issues related to the treatment of women beyond the LA rape kit backlog including the sexual harassment settlement to LAPD canine bomb unit officer Patricia Fuller.

In Boys Will Be Boys: Obama Speechwriter Groping a Cut-out of Michelle (Photo) posted at Tennessee Guerilla Women, we get a discussion of the dismissive attitude regarding the photo of Jon Favreau groping a lifesize cut-out of Hillary Clinton and how the attitudes would change if they did the same with an image of Michelle Obama.

In Whose Human Rights posted at RMott62 we get a discussion of International Human Rights Day and how violence against women doesn't get the focus it deserves.

In NCAA President Seeks to Preempt Title IX Blame posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion about actions taken to prevent men from blaming women for cuts in men's sports programs which are anticipated because of the economy.


In Judge entitled to comment on rape complaint delay posted at West Law Report, we get a discussion of an appeals ruling about a judge's reminder to the jury to balance the biased view from a defense claim that the delay in reporting meant that the report was untrustworthy.

In what evidence? nothing to see here, not here in Harvey, no sir! posted at tales from the grey, we get a discussion of what the Cook County state's attorney's office found when they entered the police department of Harvey, Illinois which included rape kits which had been corrupted due to neglect.

In Passing Judgment: 10th Circuit Case Cites To 4th Circuit Case Allowing Immediate Appeal Of Rape Shield Ruling posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion of the results of an appeal made by the rape victim where the issue related to whether the appeal should be heard only after the conclusion of the criminal trial when a wrongful acquittal due to inappropriate admission of the victim's sexual history could not be reversed.

In DOJ Announces Updated Sex Offender Website posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about a US Dept. of Justice announcement.

In Politicizing Statutory Rape Reporting Requirements posted at Reproductive Rights Prof Blog, we get a discussion sparked by the sting against Planned Parenthood offices where college students pretended to be underage girls covered by mandated reporting rules and how this sting and the reaction ignores the intersection of statutory rape laws, child abuse reporting laws, and patient confidentiality requirements.

In Parental Alienation - Invented by a Pedophile posted at I Missed Being Me, we get a discussion of the foundation for the so-called PAS syndrome which often allowed in court to dismiss the testimony of children abused by their fathers or father figures.

In Case of School Teacher with Pop-up Porn Resolved posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a case where a teacher whose computer was infected with malware couldn't close the series of browser windows fast enough to prevent children from seeing some of those images.

In William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 Passes House and Senate, But Offers Less Protection To Victims Compared with the 2007 House Version. posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of human trafficking legislation and the weaknesses in the final version of that act.

media watch

In The media and rape (by Suzie) and The media and rape, part 2 (by Suzie) posted at ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES, we get a discussion of how media coverage of rape is influenced by various issues including libel and the wording of a specific jurisdiction's criminal statutes.

In Student newspaper demands, and gets, more accurate crime stats posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion about the analysis of New York University’s crime statistics done which caused the university to provide more useful information.

In Circuit City As Pimp? posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a TV ad which turns a plasma TV into a seductive woman.

In Rape posted at We are the wave, we get a discussion about the ignorant attitudes many people hold about how rape impacts different people and how it can change their behavior.

In The Danger In Criminal Profiling Alleged Rape Victims posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss problematic advice included in the textbook Criminal Profiling written by Brent Turvey.

personal stories

In Further ramblings from the idiot pool posted at UneFemmePlusCourageuse, we get a discussion about the ignorance many men have over the definition of rape and how they use their ignorance as a reason to not take positive actions.

raising awareness

In My beautiful daughters and violence against women. posted at Interesting Times, we get a discussion about the many ways people find to deny sexual violence and we get information on a Women's Institute survey about people's perception and experiences of violence against women.

In Men can stop street harassment posted at Stop Street Harassment!, we get a list of actions that men can do to stop street harassment.

In Safety, racism and guilt posted at ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES, we get a discussion about the role sexual violence and sexual harassment plays into general distrust which gets labeled as racist.

In Girls Who Can't Trust their Friends posted at Tipsmore, we get a list of six things that every girl should know before she goes to college.

In Remedial Lessons in Consent posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion sparked by the reading of a '90s column by Katha Pollitt where violating a condition for sex was dismissed as being trivial and obviously not a real violation.

In Because She's "Up For It." posted at Yes Means Yes Blog, we get a discussion about how the stereotype of always being up for sex can cause people to not bother even trying to get consent and to commit sexual assault.

In Men Accused Of Rape And Other Crimes Regularly Position Themselves As A Victim Yet ... posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the sexist stereotypes which cause people to ignore common tactics used by men accused of a crime when discussing the comments made by a woman accused of a crime.


In Warrior Spirit posted at RMott62 we get a discussion of the process of bringing out the strength which helped someone survive long term violence.

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. 28 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Jan. 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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At December 18, 2008 5:40 PM, Anonymous women against rapists said...

I apologize for missing this deadline. I wanted to nominate your writing on the many wrongfully called "false reports" in our law divisions where women so seldomly see fairness and any real justice. So, instead I'd just like to applaud each and every one of your articles zeroing in on the arrogance of rapists and these enabling predator exhonorating uncaring MRAs in all walks of life and their gal friends/collegues. Thank you, Marcella, You are truly magnificant.


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