Thursday, January 01, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 62

Welcome to the Jan. 1, 2009 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 again 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. Thanks to all those who have already donated. Read my post on this conference for more information.

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


In Special Advisor on Gender Crimes posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion of International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo naming Professor Catherine A MacKinnon as his Special Advisor on Gender Crimes.

In Bettie Page, and seeing only what you want to see. posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about how the entire reality of a person's life can get reduced or forgotten.


In An honest (and honorable?) gendered sentencing outcome in adult-teen sex case posted at Sentencing Law and Policy, we get a discussion about Judge Robert Lynn's comments explaining why he gave Robin Mowery a lower sentence than he would have if the defendant had been a man and the 15 year old who pursued the adult sexually had been a girl.

In Left for Dead posted at Women in Crime Ink, we get a discussion about the upcoming parole hearing for Munk Caselow Willis who was convicted after he and 2 other men kidnapped 2 women, raped them, beat them, shot one as the women ran for safety, and left her for dead in an abandoned quarry.

In Absurd Reason for Rape Acquittal posted at, we get a discussion of a high court ruling, which was later reversed by the India Supreme Court, that "Law is well settled that it is not possible for a single man to commit sexual intercourse with a healthy adult female in full possession of her senses against her will.”

In Police Get The Wrong House In Galveston, Allegedly Assault 12-Year-Old Girl posted at Hair Balls, we get a discussion of the fallout of plain clothes policemen grabbing a girl in front of her house and failing to understand why that girl and her father would fight to keep that girl from being put into a van with 3 men.

In If You're A Black Girl You Must Be A Prostitute posted at Womanist Musings, we get a discussion about how plainclothes police responding to a report of prostitution by white women resulted in their grabbing a 12 year old girl from her own yard and declaring that they know she's a prostitute.

In Lesbian Raped and Beaten, Left Naked on Train Tracks posted at The Progressive Puppy, we get a discussion about the gang rape of a woman near San Francisco.

In Easing the agony of rape victims - little steps to make a difference. posted at Fight Back, we get a discussion of changes in India to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Act to provide some relief to rape victims.

In Can A Crime That Happens 248,300 Times A Year In The US Really Be Rare? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the results of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) for 2007.

media watch

In Dark Secrets - Powerful Rabbis Try To Influence Cases posted at The Awareness Center, Inc., we get a discussion of a video from New York's PIX-TV News about a case in Brooklyn, NY.

In Truth About Rape posted at So Sioux Me, we get a discussion about why shows on rape prevention always focus on how to prevent girls from becoming rape victims rather than on how to prevent boys from becoming rapists.

In ALCOHOL AS A TOOL IN THE DATING GAME posted at Sociological Images, we get a discussion of ads for different alcoholic drinks and how often they make sexual promises to the men who are the target audience for these ads.

In Girls Are Not for Sale posted at Lemondrop, we get a discussion of the documentary being shown on Showtime titled, Very Young Girls about girls who are trapped into prostitution.

In Men's Magazine Desires World Without Meaningful Consent posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about an ad where a video game controller is hooked up to a young woman's belly button captioned with, "Keep on dreaming of a better world."

In Video - Reaction to women abusing men in public posted at What about when MOM is the abuser?, we get a discussion of an ABC experiment where they have actors create a specific scenario to see how bystanders react to that scenario.

In Foreshadowing in the real world: when life imitates art, run posted at Rust Belt Philosophy, we get a discussion of the logical flaws in a piece written by Dennis Prager in which he recommends that all wives who care about making their husbands happy never deny them sex.

personal stories

In The Reality of Rape, Eight Years Later posted at Anecdotal Evidence, we get a discussion of how quickly someone who seems worthy of being the object of a crush can transform themselves into someone who will use any mutual interest as an excuse to rape.

raising awareness

In Original Essay: The Not Rape Epidemic posted at Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture, we get a discussion about the common sexual violence and sexual violation which rarely gets mentioned because it doesn't fit into what children are taught about rape.

In Some advice on thinking about rape/Queensland Attorney-General begs for a clue posted at blue milk, we get a discussion of statements which declare certain sexual assaults as having little impact.

In A Majority of U.S. Women Fear Gender-Based Violence and With Good Reason! posted at The Confluence, we get a discussion about the relationship between women's general fear of rape and the latest crime statistics.

In Why is Victim a Dirty Word? posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the blame associated with the description of someone who was raped as a victim and the common advice to not be a victim.

In In Things That Make Me Hate the World posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of a radio shower which contains a hidden camera.

In Myths of Male Rape posted at Kaili Boyd, we get a discussion which focuses on the assumptions often made about boys and men who are raped including the idea that it happens mainly in prison.

In Girls beware of Perverts at Goa’s Beaches! posted at nomad4ever, we get a discussion about frequent sexual harassment of tourists.

In It's only rape when a man's the victim posted at I Think Therefore I Blog, we get a discussion about the excuses within the military to not allow openly gays in the military because of their alleged sexual violence and the dismissal of reports of heterosexual rape.

In You are never responsible for being raped. posted at Reverie, we get a discussion about the inherent problem in how college rape prevention campaigns focus on helping the would-be victim doing something to prevent herself from being victimized.


In Abuser As Slanderer posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion about how the response to surviving abuse can be to become the target of slander.


In Funding sexual assault prevention in a recession posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion about the impact of budget cuts on school sexual assault programs and suggestions for motivated individuals and institutions.

In Save the Date: Sixth Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get information about an upcoming conference.

In Iowa adopts new sexual assault policies posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion about changes to the sexual assault policies at all state universities in Iowa.

In Don't Live in Fear: Have a Game Plan posted at Susan Murphy Milano's Journal, we get a discussion about ways that someone in an abusive relationship can work to get out while minimizing situations that can trigger the abuser into escalating the 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 Jan. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Jan. 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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