Friday, May 01, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 69

Welcome to the May 1, 2009 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

After my trip to the WAM! Conference in Boston at the end of March, the carnival is now back to editions coming out on the 1st and 15th.

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.

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


In Actual Rape Victim Jailed for “False Report” posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a case where a woman working at a convenience store was robbed and raped at gunpoint and then disbelieved and charged with multiple crimes. While she was awaiting trial her rapist was caught committing a similar crime and his confession exonerated her.

In 'Sexting' Roundup posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of the lawsuit filed jointly by parents and the ACLU which blocked a prosecutor from charging girls with child pornography for having sexually suggestive pictures of themselves on their own cell phones.

In Two wrongs = suspended sentence for rape posted at In a strange land, we get a discussion of the lenient sentencing of men convicted for sexually exploiting a severely intoxicated 15 year old because they claimed she consented despite the fact that they were convicted on a charge where consent is not a valid defense.

In Judge Throws Out Subway Rape Case posted at Stop Street Harassment!, we get a discussion of the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a rape survivor after subway employees nearby heard her cries for help but stayed at their stations rather than rushing to intervene.

In Breaking news: Man falls over; rape no big deal posted at Noble Savage, we get a discussion about the contrast between the general outrage toward a man being pushed by police and the lack of general outrage over police ignoring multiple reports by women raped by John Worboys.

In Only Female Electrocuted by the State of Georgia posted at JourneyAmerica, we get a discussion of the execution of Lena Baker (a woman of color) in 1945 after she killed a man in self-defense as this man she knew tried to rape her.

In Police Officer's Sexual Violence Calls Murder Conviction Into Question posted at TalkLeft, we get a discussion about Jimmy Fennell, a police officer in Georgetown, Texas who pleaded guilty to raping a woman he arrested and how this behavior raises questions about the conviction of another man for the rape and murder of Fennell's fiancee in 1996.

In Missing the Point on Teen “Sexting” Cases posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about how the issues of consent and lack of consent often are ignored when people talk about "sexting."

In Detectives Investigating Officer Accused of Raping Woman posted at What Happened To Protect and Serve?, we get a discussion of Issaquah, WA police detectives who are investigating a Medina police officer accused of tricking a woman into meeting him at a bar, then raping her.

In Another Man Who Claimed DNA Testing Would Exonerate Him Proven To Be A Liar posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how disproved claims by rightfully-convicted men are often viewed as non-news by those who were focused on proving their innocence and how this can create a distorted image of the reality of wrongful convictions and the trustworthiness of post-conviction avowals of innocence.

media watch

In Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery posted at Feministe, we get a review of a book by Siddharth Kara.

In The Capacity for Violence posted at Taking Up Too Much Space, we get a discussion about the decision by Margaret Cho and Amanda Palmer to do an on-stage dramatization of sexual violence against a Katy Perry lookalike.

In Rowan Into Deep Water posted at Cruella-blog, we get a reaction to the dangerous message sent to rapists through Rowan Pelling's writing in The Independent about how ladies communicate consent.

In Waco's Declines PSAs Featuring Rape Survivors posted at Speaking Out., we get a discussion of the rejection of the award winning “Speak Up. Speak Out.” ads.

In Werribee rapist resurfaces from counselling with a musical boast posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of the posting on a website by one of the rapists promising more violence.

In Review: Observe and Report posted at Majikthise, we get a review of the movie Observe & Report which shows how the entire movie which claims to be edgy reinforces stale ideas about what women deserve and how rape can be easily excused.

In It's Not "Awkward" For Me posted at The Pursuit of Harpyness, we get a discussion of statements from pediatrician Perri Klass given in the New York Times about the awkwardness of talking to boys about violence against girls.

In This is a Remarkable Woman I Know Who is Speaking Out Against Rape posted at the daily dish, we get a discussion about the launch of the new viral videos created for the PRICE (Preventing Rape by Intoxication through Community Education) organization to bring awareness to Rape by Intoxication.


In Sexual Relationships with Narcissists posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion of the common abusive practices of narcissists.

personal stories

In Victim Impact Statement posted at Law With Grace, we get a victim impact statement from a woman who saw her rapist acquitted and who was therefore denied the right to make an official statement about the impact of her rape.

raising awareness

In The Survivor Thread posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a demonstration through blog comments about how often sexual violence is not a one-time occurrence.

In April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month posted at Blisstree, we get an article written for a publication which folded and which wouldn't be published in the local paper without the names of the rape survivors interviewed in the story.

In Women have a Right to Say NO posted at Chrisy58's Weblog, we get a response to a claim that you can't rape your own wife from a woman who knows personally that this claim is a lie.

In Women Do Not "End Up Raped" posted at Rachel Yamahiro, we get a discussion of a common statement which is often linked to something those women did which erases the actual cause of rape -- the decisions of rapists.

In In Which I Refuse to Put the “Sex Ed War” to Rest posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about deep flaws in programs that are labeled as good comprehensive education when they only address how children can resist sexual pressure while overlooking teaching children that pressuring others sexually is wrong and that successfully coercing someone sexually is succeeding at rape.

In Why Do They Stay? posted at Obsidian Wings, we get the answer a question posed by Linda Hirshman from a woman with 5 years experience at a battered women's shelter.

In Custodial Violence- Who's At Fault? posted at The Viewspaper, we get a discussion of violence against those who are in police custody or in jail.

In Love College, Hate Women posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the cancelled performance of women-demeaning singer Asher Roth from St Michael's College in Vermont,

In Victim-Blaming Still at Large posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion which centers on the Phil Spector murder trial and how victim blaming can impact people's reaction to evidence and their belief in bogus evidence such as psychological autopsies.

In Lil Wayne, Sexual Violation, and The "Acceptable" Black Male Discourse posted at Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture, we get a discussion about how sexual violence is minimized and how that minimization is compared to crime victimization statistics.


In Leading Experts to Discuss How Preventing Violence and Abuse posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss expert testimony in Washington DC and an accompanying report about the health consequences and costs related to sexual and domestic violence.


In Pulling the Plug on Rape Culture One Word at a Time — Cara’s WAM Presentation posted at The Curvature, we get text from Cara's portion of the workshop. Also check out the WAM panel summary.

In TIGER BEATDOWN FOR TEENZ Presents: Super Fun Awesome Skateboarding R-Rated Fun Sexy Xtreme Facts About Dating! I REPEAT, FOR TEENZ. posted at Tiger Beatdown, in response to the resistance to talking to boys about rape prevention because teaching boys to not be violent might hurt their feelings, we get a proposed guideline for talking to boys about rape prevention. Note: Might not be safe for work due to explicit language.

In Preventing Rape By Intoxication posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I highlight an effort aimed at boys who are too often given the dangerous message that exploiting girls who are too intoxicated to resist or consent is acceptable or no big deal.

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.

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   3 comments links to this post


At May 02, 2009 7:56 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Thank you - as always - Marcella!

At August 20, 2009 10:30 AM, Blogger Is this the high road? Maybe just the long road.... said...

I wanted to thank you for writing this site. I also have a site for expression and I always look for people to contribute/submit artwork and or writing. As survivors, we need each other and we need to be strong. I'm also in the Boston area, I was wondering what that conference is. Contact me anytime.

Be well,

At August 20, 2009 11:35 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


You are welcome. The Boston conference, Women Action and the Media, happened in March. I was a speaker on a panel discussing how to change rape culture.

You are right that survivors need each other. The more of us who are able to speak up the harder it is for people deny that sexual violence is appallingly common.


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