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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 "Lying" about sexual orientation in a rape trial posted at Polymorphous Perversity, we get a discussion about a Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruling that a defendant on trial for rape had no right to introduce testimony relating to the alleged victim's sexual orientation.
In A Supreme Court Victory For School Sexual Harassment Cases posted at Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, we get a discussion of the results of Fitzgerald v. Barnstable.
In Sleepwalking as a Defense to Child Molestation Charges? posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a strategy that has been successfully used in adult rape cases.
In Texan Christian University gang rape civil suit against the U. I want to gouge my eyes out after reading the comments. posted at Liz - Not Ranting, Just Saying., we get a discussion of a case where the woman who reported rape to the university was pushed by university employees to drop the charges.
In 43 Alaskan Native Americans File Suit Against Jesuits for Rape, Sexual Assault; Alaska Was Catholic Church's Dumping Grounds for Rapist Priests posted at Women's Space, we get a discussion of widespread abuse committed by priests who were sent to Alaska.
In What Kind of Rule?: Rape Shield Ruling by the Court of Appeals of Minnesota Raises Question, What Kind of Rule is the Rape Shield Rule? posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about the court putting the burden on the defense to prove that the alleged victim had a history of making a false rape allegation.
In "Sex Offenders' GPS Devices Not a Silver Bullet, States Say" posted at Sentencing Law and Policy, we get a discussion of how GPS tracking compares in practice to the way it was supposed to work.
In Further thoughts on trafficking and slavery posted at Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, we get a discussion about the right of victims of sex trafficking to a remedy under various European and international laws.
In Rape Culture: We're Swimming in It posted at PunkAssBlog.com, we get a discussion of an example given by a law professor where rape is called seduction.
In No Clear Presence Of Non-Consent posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a common misstatement of what makes a sexual action not be illegal.
In Sex Trafficking. Inside The Business of Modern Slavery. posted at ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES, we get a discussion of a book written Siddharth Kara, a former investment banker who studied the economic engine which makes human sex trafficking highly profitable and how lax enforcement and ineffective laws help feed this engine.
In "What Would You Do" spreads dangerous message posted at Within The Minaret, we get a discussion of an ABC show where the actress who sipped from a supposedly spiked drink made comments about the drink tasting funny when most drugs used in this way would not change how the drink tasted.
In Deceitful lie-tellers posted at There's a Quark in the Vent, we get a discussion about the focus on those who report rape as inherently more dishonest than those who report other crimes and as inherently more dishonest than those who are accused of rape.
In This Stuff Matters posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about how the characterization of women who are victims of crime can make those women seem like their decisions, not the decisions of the criminal, are the cause of the crime committed against them.
In How not to report about rape posted at Astraea's Scales, we get a discussion about the reporting on a case where a 33 year old man was arrested for rape when his 11 year old victim became pregnant.
In It's not "sex", it's rape. posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of a case where the rape of a child is called sex.
In Media Bias over Rape Allegation posted at The London Bicycle Activist, we get a discussion of the hostile coverage directed at the woman who made allegations of rape against footballer Robinho where the woman is clearly assumed to be the only one guilty of committing any crime.
In Another post about rape posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion of several rapes which illustrates why an attempt at rape is itself a physical threat which invalidates labeling the victim's decision to cooperate or not resist as genuine consent. Note from the blog author: "In the comments is an ongoing conversation with a woman in crisis who found my blog after being raped by her husband and searching for information. I will heavily moderate the comments on this post for her protection, but anybody wishing to offer advice or help to this woman is more than welcome."
In A Fallacy of Choices posted at James Landrith is...Taking The Gloves Off, we get a discussion about the assumptions that can stick in a survivor's mind for years including the idea that not fighting off a rapist is choosing to be raped.
In Harassment Of Teen Rape Victims After They Report posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the justifications which teens and adults use to rationalize hostility, harassment and threats against teenage rape victims.
In Blog For Choice: Sexual Rights posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the intersection of anti-abortion rhetoric which dehumanizes girls and women and sexual violence which does the same.
In 13 Signs You're In A Toxic Relationship posted at Relationship Underarm Stick, we get a discussion of various behaviors which are often seen in toxic and abusive relationships.
In County: 800+ rape kits untested with no suspects by The Associated Press posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get a story about the backlog of unprocessed rape kits.
In Berlusconi: Women Are Raped Because They're Just So Good Looking posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of comments made by the Italian prime minister that rape won't stop until there are as many soldiers as pretty girls.
In JANE DOE Conference in Ottawa, Ontario Canada! posted at Holly's Fight for Justice, we get information about an upcoming conference about sexual assault laws and practices in Canada.
In Alice Through the Looking Glass World posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about the neutral or positive terminology which is often used to frame the experiences of prostituted women who were subjected to treatment that was in no way neutral or positive.
In On Agency And Terminology posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the flaws in statements that using the term sex worker instead of prostituted gives women their agency and using prostituted robs women of their agency.
In DVD Review: Healing Sex posted at Woman Tribune, we get a review of an educational film that presents verbal and physical exercises to help establish trust and intimacy in relationships after trauma.
In A Lull in My Mind posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about losing a dad who was a positive contrast to men who committed violence.
In Do Residency Restrictions Work? posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the latest research out of California about the effectiveness of sex offender residency restrictions.
In How Does The Change Happen? posted at Yes Means Yes Blog, we get a discussion about the need to change those around rapists so that rapists stop believing that certain victims will be treated badly if they report rape.
In How low can you go? Why crime statistics are misleading posted at Change Happens: the SAFER blog, we get a discussion about why a college with no or few reported rapes may not be safer than a college with a relatively high number of reported rapes.
In polimicks: How Not to Rape Someone: Tips for the other side. posted at Polimicks, we get non-gender, non-orientation specific guidelines for not raping people.
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 Feb. 12 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on Feb. 15.
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