Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 67

Welcome to the Mar. 18, 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 thank everyone who helped with my fundraising effort for my travel expenses to the WAM! 2009 conference (March 27-29 in Cambridge, MA) 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.

Read my post on this conference for more information. If you will be at the conference, please let me know.

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


In Proof That Men Who Say Rape Is Only A Women's Issue Are Fools posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a crime which was planned to be an acquaintance rape where the victim would typically be doubted or called a cold-blooded liar except for the fact that her rapist didn't find her asleep alone.

In Civil Rights for MST survivors posted at a males life after rape, we get a discussion of the official handling of those with military sexual trauma.

In Let Us Pity the Poor Rapist posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of rape apologism which comes after a rugby player pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in New Zealand.

In "My daughter keeps asking if the naughty man is in jail?" and he's not posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of the light sentence given to Ronald Dean King, after breaking into a house and raping a four year old girl.

In Sentencing Law and Policy: "Shaming and scaring johns into becoming average joes" posted at Sentencing Law and Policy, we get a discussion of an LA john school created as part of an effort by law enforcement officials to stem prostitution in Los Angeles.

In Shrinks Not Buying the 'Too Devout' Defense posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion of a case where a man argued that he was incapable of aiding in his own defense because his religious views wouldn't allow him to look at child porn he allegedly produced.

In Update On Nursing Home Rape: Facility Made Errors In Investigation Of Incident posted at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Homes Abuse Blog, we get a discussion of the details of a case where a 94-year-old resident at Grace Nursing Center in Oklahoma was charged with rape by instrumentality after assaulting another resident at the facility.

In Judge dismisses 2 of 4 felonies filed against Tony Zendejas - Inland Empire Courts posted at Inside SoCal, we get a discussion about a judge's ruling errors which couldn't be corrected during the trial because they favored the defendant.

In Law Enforcement & the Abuser posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion about how abusers interact with the police and the criminal justice system.

media watch

In Opinion: Victim deserves sympathy, respect posted at Badger Herald, we get a discussion about the verbal attacks directed against a women who disclosed rape and the willingness of people to make unfounded criminal allegations when they claim to be against unfounded criminal allegations.

In Women as "Victims" in the Print Media posted at Who's That Lady, we get a discussion of how newspapers representations in covering victims of domestic violence, rape, harassment and murders influenced victim blame and victim harassment.

In Rape at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Frat members implicated posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of the double standard practiced by many of those who call for not prematurely ruining someone's reputation.

In Trigger By Void posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of the TV show Lost and how women who are menaced by men are never at risk of sexual assault.

raising awareness

In War Booty posted at Sense Scribe, we get a discussion of rape in war zones and the need for people in safer areas to take action to prevent additional crimes.

In Obama and Biden: Rape Victims Need You posted at Heart and Soul with Dr. Thema, we get a discussion of the position that as a nation we can not lose sight of the global ways in which women and girls are under attack, including through sexual violence.

In Speaking Out against Victim-Blaming posted at I'll Follow the Sun, we get a discussion sparked by training to work within the field of Rape Crisis Counseling and how that causes a person to see the world in a very different light.

In Factors increasing men's risk of committing rape posted at A lot more than nothing, we get a suggested Wikipedia page.

In Language Does Matter posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about how language is used to lessen the sexual violence experienced by those who are prostituted.

In On rape and consent posted at In a strange land, we get a discussion about differing perspectives about whether people know rapists based on different people's assumptions about what consent looks like.

In Breaking the Silence posted at Campaign for Gender Equality, we get a discussion about dating violence which begins with the criminal charges against Chris Brown.

In For Victims Of Sexual Abuse It's One Step Forward, And Another Step Backward posted at Enlightened Catholicism, we get a discussion of 2 different actions within the Catholic church which sent very different messages about the treatment of children who are raped.

In The Sacrifice of Women's Bodies posted at LiturgyGeek, we get a discussion about the opposition to abortion even when the abortion is performed because of serious concerns that a 9-year-old rape victim won't survive being pregnant with twins.

In More rape apology posted at blogofchampions, we get a brief discussion which links to a survey in the UK which highlights victim blaming and links to an opinion piece which advocates for more lenient treatment of rapists who rape while drunk.

In Rape Culture and Its Incredible Prevalence: A Strangely Optimistic Analysis posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the results of a survey of people in the UK and how the lowest level of victim blaming correlates to strong anti-victim blaming campaigns.

In A Column I Sent to my University's Newspaper (which they did not or have not published) posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of how a woman accepting a ride from a man who turned out to be a rapist changes people's opinions about this crime.


In Girls for Gender Equity / Students Active for Ending Rape posted at Sugar and Medicine, we get a video which highlights grass roots organizations which care for different communities in different ways.

In Dine For a Change - A Benefit for SF Women Against Rape posted at The Raw Deal, we get a discussion about a fundraising effort for an organization which helps those in the San Fransisco area.

In Reflections on the Brett Stewart controversy posted at Larvatus Prodeo, we get a discussion of the ethical responsibilities of sporting clubs and leagues to manage and sanction the behaviour of players.

In Listen And Lead Sexual Violence Prevention: Part 1 and Part 2 posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss plans in Minnesota for Sexual Assault Awareness Month which include a program on the Twin Cities public TV channel about some of the experiences of those who have been sexually assaulted in Minnesota.

In Sex Crimes Investigators Conference 2009 posted at Holly's Fight For Justice, we get information about an upcoming conference.

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.

Because of the WAM! conference the next edition won't fall on its normal date. I will set the exact date after I return.

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   2 comments links to this post


At March 18, 2009 2:53 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

Thank you for including my post in this carnival, Marcella, and thank you for your on-going work on rape and other sexual violence. I've been feeling more and more distressed by rape, and violence, and all the issues around them in recent weeks, and more and more worried about the world that my beautiful daughters are growing up into. Your work gives me hope, both that the fightback will continue, and even a faint hope that perhaps things will have changed a little by the time they start expressing their sexuality.

At March 20, 2009 2:01 PM, Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Wow! What a huge and excellent carnival. Thanks for another one, Marcella!


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