Friday, May 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 70

Welcome to the May 15, 2009 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

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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.

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


In The Caveman Mystique: Pop Darwinism and the Masculine Excuse, with author Martha McCaughey posted at The World's Fair, we get an interview which discusses the link between science and what people claim is proven by science related to male behavior.


In Shhh: Cal Supremes to Review Rape Shield Law posted at Legal Pad, we get a discussion about an appeal's court decision which threw out the rape conviction and 89-year sentence of a serial sex offender, and declared that California’s Rape Shield Law does not apply when the defendant denies having sex with the victim.

In Fixing LA's Untested Rape Kit Crisis, Locally and Statewide posted at California NOW, we get a discussion of budgetary and hiring decisions which have an impact on the processing of rape kits.

In Pasadena Weekly Piece - We've Captured That Woman! posted at The Sardonic Sideshow, we get a discussion about pregnancy clinics which pretend to offer medical services and while this post focuses on the harm to those who had consensual sex the harm to those who are victims of rape is even greater.

In Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act posted at NASW Advocacy Blog, we get a discussion of pending legislation which seeks to reduce violence against military personnel and their families by enhancing programs of prevention and deterrence, improving victim services, and strengthening provisions for prosecution of assailants.

In Lakota Woman Wins Unprecedented Rape Case posted at Pretty Bird Woman House, we get a discussion of a Native American woman from Wounded Knee who won a historic ruling in federal court based on a century-old treaty between the U.S. government and the Oglala Sioux Tribe after she was sexually assaulted by a military recruiter.

In Systemic Oppression: Sexual Assault Edition posted at The Feminist Agenda, we get a discussion about the jurisdictional issues which contribute to American Indian women being vulnerable to sexual assault at such high rates.

In The "Human" Part of Trafficking posted at Transitions Global, we get a discussion about how eliminating slavery requires giving those who were enslaved a path to a future.

In Shock And Awe Over Rape Kit Charges Activists Have Been Fighting For Years posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the surprise many people have over a problem which has been around for years and how those who have woken up to this problem can easily hit the snooze button.

In Defense Attorney Argues That No Doesn't Always Mean No posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about whether forcing a victim to deny that her "no" was just a joke plants the idea in the jury’s mind that such a ludicrous charge might actually have merit.

In “It Was Consesual” taken to a whole new level posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of the handling of a case where the victim is only 5 years old.

In Samantha Orobator may get out of Laos, at a price posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of a case where a pregnant British woman arrested for heroin smuggling in Laos has been told she must testify she was not raped in prison in order to escape the firing squad.

media watch

In Happy Sexual Assault Awareness Month posted at Women In Pants, we get a discussion of anti-rape campaign which is using "someone was raped here" graffiti.

In Abstinence education posted at The Ex-Communicator, we get a discussion of what an abstinence education textbook says about date rape.

In victim blaming (or: blame it on the vi-i-i-i-i-ctim) posted at Miss C., we get a discussion of Jamie Foxx's latest single "Blame It (on the Alcohol).

In Review: The Purity Myth posted at Book Addiction, we get a review of a book by Jessica Valenti.

In The Sun and domestic violence posted at The enemies of reason, we get a discussion about the amount and type of coverage given to victims of domestic violence based on their gender so that those least likely to be victims get the most coverage.

In How Odd! posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about how injustice against girls and women gets put in with odd news stories.

In Worth a Thousand Words posted at Responsible Men's Blog, we get a discussion about sexual objectification in Nikon digital camera ads.

In Seattle Weekly Furthers the Myth of Common False Rape Allegations posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of an article which uses one proven false allegation to make unfounded allegations.

In Covering the Rape at Tulane posted at Feminist Ideas and Praxis, we get a discussion of how media reports focus primarily on the behavior of victims.

personal stories

In Dating as a Feminist: Consent & Sex posted at Pizza Diavola, we get a discussion about being in a position where the physical desire for sex was strong, but consent was absent.

In When the people we trust get it wrong posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of the harm that can be done when friends repeat dangerous myths about rape including the idea that being pretty causes rape.

In Men Can Stop Rape "Men and Women as Allies" conference posted at Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition (HWRC), we get a discussion of a recent conference in DC.

raising awareness

In Fear of Rape posted at MomGrind, we get a discussion about how so many messages reinforce that women should be on constant guard against rape while not enough is done to prevent rape through more than self-defense.

In Murder Case Highlights Why Minimizing Early Sexual Assaults Is Dangerous posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case which shows why those who treat acquaintance rape and stranger rape as unconnected have it dangerously wrong.


In What Does It Mean to Heal? posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion mostly in the comments from different survivors about what healing means to them.

In We don't make it easy to be a survivor posted at What a crazy random happenstance, we get insights from someone who works in the mental health field about how our expectations interfere with the well being of survivors.


In Professor Margaret Abraham Speaks About Her Research in Gender Abuse and Teen Dating Violence in the South Asian community posted at Out Against Abuse, we get an interview focused on gender abuse.


In 52 Days of Domestic Violence Flu in America posted at Family Justice Center Alliance, we get a comparison between the flu and domestic violence which highlights that we as a society choose to fund what we see as urgent.

In Stop It Before It Starts: Part 1 Domestic Violence posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I recap a primary prevention training for sexual and domestic violence put on by the Minnesota Men's Action Network.

Update: For the first time ever I'm adding a post written after the carnival deadline. This post from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault provides the facts behind the story about a rape victim who was incorrectly billed for her rape kit. Please read this open letter and pass on this information.

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 15, 2009 2:44 PM, Blogger Vered - MomGrind said...

Thank you for compiling this, and for including my article.

At May 16, 2009 9:42 AM, Anonymous Ted Rutherford said...

Very nice work Marcella! This is a great collection. Thx for including the Responsible Men blog!

At May 17, 2009 2:35 AM, Anonymous Holly said...

Great carnival and so glad you're on Twitter! I'm following you now.


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