Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 73

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

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


In Scotland's New Sexual Offences Bill Passed posted at Sheffield Fems, we get a discussion of new legislation designed to reduce the amount of injustice felt by victims of sex crimes.

In Taskforce to Strengthen Sexual Violence Laws in Liberia posted at Vital Voices Blog, we get a discussion of new sex crimes laws and the other changes needed to reduce the rate of sexual violence in Liberia.

In Prosecuting Rape is too expensive - when you have to lock up all the druggies. posted at Sadie's Soapbox, we get a discussion of Oregon rape laws which benefit rapists whose victims were intoxicated or unconscious.

In UK Officials Assigned to Fight Rape Actually Promote Rape Myths posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about how those who are supposed train police forces in how to respect victims and uphold the law can instead slander victims and undermine the law.

In Rape in India - The safest crime? posted at Any Excuse to Write..., we get a discussion about why committing rape is a low risk activity from the criminals point of view.

In Landmark Domestic Violence Judgment by European Court of Human Rights posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of the ruling in Opuz v Turkey about governmental responsibility under the European Convention on Human Rights.

In US Supreme Court Rejects DNA Testing Request On Behalf Of Alaska Man Convicted Of Rape posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the case behind the US supreme court ruling and how during the initial trial competent defense attorneys can choose not to seek the best DNA tests because it is in the best interest of their client and how that relates to post-conviction requests for advanced DNA testing.

In ...And Justice for All? posted at Living the Scientific Life, we get a discussion disagreeing with the US Supreme Court decision which rejected William G. Osborne's petition for advanced DNA testing.

In Playing Dead posted at Feminist Jayhawk, we get a discussion of the typical psychological response to danger is to go "outside" oneself, to go into survival mode and to try not to make the trauma worse and how this survival reaction is too often misunderstood by those who expect everyone to fight unless they are consenting.

In "Sexting Culture" Leads to Rape? posted at Speaking Out., we get a discussion of comments made by Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead who was overseeing a case involving Kyle Fuchs who was found guilty of rape.

media watch

In Treat Rape as Rape posted at Girl on the Bridge, we get a discussion of where news stories about the rape case against Bollywood actor, Shiney Ahuja, have focused their coverage.

In A Moment of Madness posted at Cold SnapDragon, we get a discussion of a article by Vinita Nangia in the Times of India which dismisses serious crimes which are often planned as nothing more than moments of madness while blaming some victims for causing this madness.

In Video selected as winner of Massachusetts teen dating violence PSA project posted at War On Abuse, we get a discussion of the PSA “Cry for Help” which was selected by a vote of over 1,000 students in Middlesex County MA.


In Adapted Aquatics Teacher Suspected of Sexual Assault posted at Gender Across Borders, we get a discussion of the story of a special needs swim instructor in the Netherlands suspected of sexual assault, and why the disabled are especially susceptible to such abuse.

personal stories

In The aftermath of abstinence-only education posted at 2 B Sophora, we get a discussion about how the focus on virginity can cause victims of rape to feel that silence is required.

In Bureaucracy is not on my good list... posted at youth4change, we get a discussion of a visit the Calgary Court House to witness multiple cases which highlighted how the system works and where it needs additional work.

raising awareness

In Domestic violence and pregnancy posted at Feminist Mums, we get a discussion about the need for professionals to screen for domestic violence even if there are no signs that a particular girl or woman is being abused.

In Report back From the 2009 SFWAR Walk Against Rape. posted at, we get a discussion of an awareness and fundraising event which included discussions about how men, and more specifically men of color can be an ally to women in the effort to prevent sexual violence.

In Not For Sale Media Project; Downloadable Posters posted at NoPornNorthampton, we get information about a current awareness project.

In When isn't a Rape Outright Rape? posted at The Confluence, we get a discussion of troubling statements made by officials at the University of the Pacific related to a report of rape made by a student.

In Is consent complicated? posted at youth4change, we get a discussion of how certain types of questions about communication related to consent or lack of consent are misdirections which guide the topic away from understanding genuine consent.

In Strip Club Hires Kidnapped and Assaulted 14-Year-Old Girl, Then Sues Her posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the lawsuit filed by the Cheetah Club in Corpus Christi which shifts the club's responsibility for hiring a minor onto that girl and her parents while declaring the club to be the victim of that girl because of the way she was dressed.

In Six Feet Under, Feminism and Rape posted at The Apostate, we get a discussion about teaching girls and women to live in fear sparked by an episode of Six Feet Under where a woman was struck and killed after running in fear from a group of men.


In New College Alcohol/Assault stats posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of the newest report from the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism on alcohol abuse and alcohol related crimes on college campuses.

In Men, no women, are responsible for rape posted at Vagina Dentata, we get a discussion of a study where psychologists at Leicester Uni asked men to consider themselves in various scenarios with a female acquaintance and find out if or when they were more likely to coerce a woman into sex and then we get an example of how the results of that study were twisted to imply that women's choices lead to rape.


In Raising a not-rapist posted at Raising My Boychick, we get a discussion about the importance of parents not merely hoping their sons won't rape but instead making sure to teach boys about healthy non-sexual boundaries.

In Diners Club Ends Relationship with Mail Order Brides Service posted at End Human Trafficking, we get a discussion about how an awareness campaign caused a corporation to change their practices.

In Highlighting Norms Can Reduce Crime posted at Prevention Works, we get a discussion about how norms and the presentation of those norms can undermine the intended message in crime prevention campaigns and what can be done to get the intended message across effectively.

In One in Nine Campaign Aimed at Improving Rape Survivors’ Access to Justice in South Africa posted at Akimbo, we get a discussion of efforts being made in a country where where it is estimated that approximately 50% of women will be raped during their lifetime unless the rate of sexual violence drops significantly.

In Advice For Fathers Who Want To Talk To Their Children About Dating And Safety posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss several resources for fathers so they will have tools to help them discuss issues related to violence with both their daughters and their sons.

In Update on Sexual Assault Service Program (SASP) Funding posted at CALCASA Public Policy, we get information on funding at the federal level for FY 2010.

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   1 comments links to this post


At July 05, 2009 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in regards to the article "Men, no women, are responsible for rape" you may find this link that has quotes from the study author about the article useful


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