Thursday, January 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 63

Welcome to the Jan. 15, 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. I'm still far from my goal so if you support what I'm doing and are able to help even a little (no donation is too small), please consider donating.

Read my post on this conference for more information.

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


In The natural basis for gender inequality posted at Greg Laden's Blog, we get a discussion which shows why naturalistic models cannot be used to justify systematic social, cultural, legal, economic, philosophical, or political inequalities and we get a discussion about claims that men's violence is firmly rooted in nature.

In "The good kind of feminist' (by Suzie) posted at ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES, we get a discussion about the dismissiveness contained in what is packaged as praise.


In Senator Alquist introduces Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes (SB 46) posted at CALCASA Public Policy, we get a discussion about a California bill which seeks to eliminate the statute of limitations for rape.

In Proving our innocence (by Suzie) posted at ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES, we get discussion about how in rape cases even with overwhelming evidence that the rape victim is often assumed to be guilty during the trial so that even the tiniest detail which differs from juror expectations can result in an acquittal.

In FEATURE: Rape Victim Presses Case of Police Abuse in Japan posted at Women's eNews, we get a discussion of a rape survivor's efforts to prevent other rape victims from being treated the way she was treated after she reported having been raped.

In "Shocks fit well into the brothel business model because they cause agonizing pain and terrify the girls without damaging their looks or undermining their market value." posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about sex slavery and the assumptions people make about where sex slavery does and does not happen.

In Teacher accused of having sex with teen 300 times posted at, we get a discussion of a teacher accused of abusing a 13-year-old student.

In Human Rights Watch studied abuses posted at CrimProf Blog, we get a discussion of a lawsuit against the Michigan Dept. of Corrections by female inmates over sexual assault, sexual harassment and other inappropriate practices.

In 4th Circuit Got it Right in Comstock posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a ruling which found that the part of the Adam Walsh Act which concerns the civil commitment of sex offenders after incarceration is unconstitutional.

In Woman Who "Did Not Want to Have Sex" Arrested for Biting Penis posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a case where the husband's physical violence was ignored because it was labeled as self defense yet the woman's decision to bite wasn't considered to be self defense for a possible sexual assault in progress.

In More Garden Variety Male Sexual Aggression? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the charges against 2 Santa Ana College football players and their friend made after a video of the alleged assault was turned over to police by an anonymous source.

media watch

In There Are Holocaust Deniers, There Are People Who Argue That Slavery Was Good For African-Americans And Many, Many Rape Victims Are Disbelieved. posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of an article in the NY Times by Nicholas Kristof about sex trafficking.

In Bad Habits: A Love Story posted at Feminist Review, we get a review of fiction by Cristy Road where the protagonist is an abuse survivor.

personal stories

In All the difference in the world… posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about sexual attacks against women by groups of straight men for no stated reason other than to turn lesbians straight and how positioning those who are gay as sexually defective feeds into the rationalizations of the sexually violent.


In Linking Sexual Abuse To Mental Health Problems posted at SEXUAL ABUSE HELP, we get a discussion about how often the cause of seemingly causeless mental problems is sexual abuse which the survivor hasn't fully dealt with.

In Abuse Victims Engage in Dangerous "Magical Thinking" posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion of the problems which can come when the victim clings to baseless hope.

raising awareness

In "Not Rape Epidemic": The Modeling Industry Is Anything But Immune [Modelslips] posted at Jezebel, we get a discussion of what is often dismissed by rape apologists as garden variety male sexual aggression.

In Rape Culture posted at Rants from a Disruptive Feminist, we get a discussion about being at a family function and hearing a man teach his two-year-old son to chant 'NO MEANS YES! NO MEANS YES!'"

In Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself posted at I'll Follow the Sun, we get a discussion e-mail that has been going around recently, usually under a header like “Important Information FOR YOUR SAFTEY.”

In It Takes "Two to Tango"? posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of the common response when people hear about abuse within a relationship.

In Date Rape=Rape posted at this ain't livin', we get a discussion about the common denial pushed onto survivors of rape committed by someone they knew.

In Understanding And Misunderstanding Genuine Consent posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the unavoidable, and often unanticipated, problems that are created whenever the definition of rape is even partly dependant on making the non-consenting person responsible for clearly communicating lack of consent.


In AFTER ABUSE posted at HELP FOR ABUSE - STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, we get a discussion of how to return order to your life despite the many long term effects of domestic violence.

In January 5-11 is Women’s Self-Empowerment Week! posted at Healing Yourself Heals the World, we get a discussion about the link between self-empowerment and self care.

In "You're Just Bitter" posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS. we get a discussion of how often women's reactions to abuse or violence are dismissed as being a problem within those women.


In Young men believe rape myths posted at roffemix, we get a discussion of a study of young men in Norway which reveals disturbing attitudes towards rape.

In 18% Of Rape Cases In India Study Declared False posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a study where the designation of whether the case was false was made by psychologists where the emphasis was on the harm that can be done to defendants who are innocent while ignoring the impact of incorrectly labeling a real rape victim as a liar.

In Research round-up 4: When people lie posted at Deception Blog, we get a discussion of various studies including how police assess identical testimony differently based on their assumptions about the meaning of emotional displays.

In Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse II posted at What about when MOM is the abuser?, we get a discussion about research into abuse and attitudes which prevent victims disclosure from being treated as valid which adds to the original trauma.


In Hate Crime Legislation is NOT the Answer posted at The Smoking Argus, we get a discussion about how the rise of hate crime statutes since Matthew Sheppard was murdered haven't reduced the number of anti-gay crimes which fall under that designation as highlighted by the brutal gang rape of a woman near San Francisco.

In Combating Teen Dating Violence posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about teaching teens about violence and the importance of doing more than just telling them that hitting is wrong. We must also teach all of them (not just potential victims) appropriate, non-abusive boundaries.

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


At January 15, 2009 1:46 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

As always - THANK YOU, Marcella

At January 17, 2009 4:36 AM, Blogger Jhadur said...

Firstly, thank you, I'm finding this very helpful and educational.
I also wanted to check about the link, which seems rather out of place? I don't know, maybe that was your intent and this is meant as a "look how bad reporting of rape can be", or maybe this wasn't the link you meant to post or something?

Anyway, I suspect you aren't looking for feedback on this, but I wanted to check this wasn't a mistake.
Thanks again for all the hard work putting this together.

At January 17, 2009 7:30 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


Actually I do welcome this type of feedback. I debated with myself on whether to include that nomination for the very reason you are asking.

At January 23, 2009 7:42 PM, Anonymous meloukhia said...

There's a lot of great reading in here; thank you for hosting. (And thank you to whoever nominated my Date Rape=Rape post!)


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