Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 74

Welcome to the July 15, 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 Another post about rape posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion about how the gendered expectations of behavior in daily interactions help answer the frequent victim-blaming question, "Why didn't she fight back?" and how those who demand compliance with gendered roles have no right to demand that girls or women being assaulted break free from expectations to prove they were raped.

In Wife swapping in India: A Growing bad Business posted at South Asia Blog, we get a discussion about how often what is described as a personal choice is only the personal choice of the husband while the wives are forced to take part and can be mistreated by their husband’s families and relatives despite being the victims.

In Eighth Circuit to Women Prisoners: Take Parenting and "Health Lifestyles," Not Accounting posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion about unequal resources to prison inmates based on gender.


In Finally Rape is Rape In Oregon posted at Womanist Musings, we get a discussion of changes to rape laws which had viewed certain rapes as lesser rapes based on the rapist's strategy.

In Michigan Appeals Court Rules That Rape Victims Cannot Be Sued For Wrongful Prosecution posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a ruling in a lawsuit filed for the attorney for a man who was acquitted (not exonerated) in his retrial for the rape of his ex-girlfriend.

In Sexual Abuse of Female Inmates in Oklahoma posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of extremely horrifying allegations coming to of Oklahoma regarding the treatment of female inmates by male jailers. The allegations include sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and more.

In NZ Police says stopping rape is women’s responsibility posted at Kiwipolitico, we get a discussion about how preventing sexual violence focuses first on the victim and then on bystanders while completely ignoring the power those who choose to rape have in the number of rapes committed.

In A Matter Of Credibility?: New Hampshire Case Involves Important Impeachment, Rape Shield Issues posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about the rulings for and against defense motions related to the alleged victim's life history.

In Murderer Who Responded To Successful Appeal By Bragging About His Crime Seeks To Stop His Execution posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the aftermath of a murderer who responded to a successful appeal which overturned a death penalty sentence by sending a gloating letter of confession which provided evidence for the additional crime of attempted rape.

In Sex Offender Cited for Two-Way Mirrors posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion of a case where the exact charges don't match the public description of the crime.

In Missouri Supreme Court rules that federal sex offender registration requirement trumps state limits posted at Sentencing Law and Policy, we get a discussion about a ruling which impacts which sex offenders must be included in the state sex offender registry.

In Designer Anand Jon Alexander's Rape Conviction Upheld After Juror Misconduct posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the decision of Anand Jon's sister to not report a juror who slipped her his phone number during the trial and my belief that she was hoping that misconduct would save her brother from conviction and if it didn't would then be grounds to overturn her brother's conviction.

In Sex Offender Assessment Tool Held Inadmissible posted at Crime and Consequences Blog, we get a discussion of a recent decision out of New York which holds the Static-99, a common actuarial measure of sex offender recidivism, as inadmissible.

media watch

In The Onion’s Best and Worst Rape Jokes posted at The Sexist, we get analysis of different joke articles on the parody news site and see that whether jokes uphold or mock dangerous attitudes makes a huge difference.

In Asking for it posted at Bad Science, we get a discussion of an article in the Telegraph titled "Women who dress provocatively more likely to be raped, claim scientists" which made multiple false claims about research which were verified by a conversation with the woman who did the original research.

In No Is Not a Mixed Signal posted at How to recover lost marbles, we get a discussion of a victim-blaming post which attacked feminists for not blaming certain disapproved of women for their own rapes.


In "Rape Switch Hypothesis" still going strong: US rape stats evaluated. posted at Greg Laden's Blog, we get a discussion about what causes rape and about how bias can impact the number of reported rapes.

personal stories

In Stand Up posted at Missy, we get a discussion of one survivors experience following a sexual assault.

In Sisterhood of the Traveling Ass-Kickers posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of the experience of a college student after she was raped by her "feminist" boyfriend and how the first reactions she got when she disclosed to friends was denial which temporarily caused her to invalidate what she knew had happened and how once she rejected that invalidation that she talked to her younger sister about what real consent is.

raising awareness

In Fraternity men address sexual violence posted at Kelly & Becca: 2 Soul Sisters on a Mission, we get a discussion about how fraternity men should get involved in preventing sexual violence and providing effective support for survivors.

In Breaking the silence: ensuring justice for women posted at Bangladeshi Hindu, we get a discussion about pervasive attitudes which contribute to sexual and domestic violence in Bangladesh.

In A woman walks into a rape, uh, bar posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion about why people tell rape jokes and what the "joke" really is and how it feels to be a rape victim listening to rape jokes.

In Why Some People Are Blind To Abuse posted at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker, we get a list of reasons why a person may not be aware of the abuse that is going on in the world around them.

In The Josef Fritzl Trial - Public Reaction to The Victims posted at Russ Wood, we get a discussion about how people understand the difficulties Fritzl's victims can have which cause behavior issues, but how they fail to understand these same causes when someone's abuse or abuser isn't public knowledge so that survivors can be dismissed as "troublesome" people and not get the services they need.

In An Uncomfortable Subject posted at Vagabond Saint, we get a discussion about how the lack of testing related to rape kits isn't the only problem but also includes lack of testing for drugs which can be used by rapists and how victim blaming impacts systemic failures.

In Pregnancy As a Sign of Intimate Partner Abuse posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the way that intimate partner violence often takes the form of rape and other sexual coercion, and the dangerous implications of a failure to recognize this reality.

In CFP: First Amendment Meets Cyber-Stalking Meets Character and Fitness posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about how the first amendment right to free speech relates to the speech intended to intimidate or harm specific people and how this relates to upholding ethical standards.


In Military Sexual Trauma-Veterans Administration in-patient treatment facilities posted at a males life after rape, we get a list which consists of programs identifying themselves as providing MST or sexual trauma-specific treatment in a residential or inpatient setting. Only programs open and actively accepting referrals are included.


In Can Expensive Advertising Beat Domestic Violence? posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of high-tech poster at a bus stop in Germany which shows a couple looking happy when a camera detects someone looking directly at the poster and which shows that man about to hit that woman when those nearby are all looking away which matches the duality in the behavior of many abusers.

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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At July 16, 2009 6:31 PM, Anonymous Russ Wood said...

Some interesting articles in there.

Thanks for the feature of my Josef Fritzl Article.

All the best. Russ Wood

At July 31, 2009 12:16 PM, Blogger Patricia Singleton said...

Thanks for including my article in this month's Blog Carnival. I look forward to reading everyone's entries. Thanks for the hard work that you do in organizing this carnival.


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