Saturday, August 01, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 75

Welcome to the August 1, 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 Open letter to Feministing posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the sexism in the military directed at military spouses.

In Pres. Jimmy Carter Quits Baptist Church: "The Words Of God Do Not Justify Cruelty to Women" posted at Anne Caroline Drake, we get a discussion of how this decision relates to the effort for a worldwide end to suffering and injustice.

In Ohio legislator's bill requires man's permission for abortion posted at Pam's House Blend - Front Page, we get a discussion of legislation which positions pregnant girls' and women's bodies as the property of men.


In Woman says she feared Alamo would hurt her sister posted at The Full Feed from, we get a discussion of the trial of evangelist Tony Alamo and how the defense positioned one of the victims in the case as motivated by revenge.

In When "Reasonable Doubt" Is Any Excuse to Get a Bro's Back posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of a case where one expert's testimony that those under anesthesia can never remember anything was described by the judge as providing reasonable doubt.

In Universities' legal responsibility for sexual assault prevention posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion a recent panel discussion at the National Association of College and University Attorneys conference about college sexual assault and harassment policies.

In Man convicted of raping blind, mute, developmentally disabled woman gets off with slap on the wrist posted at Susan's Soapbox, we get a discussion of the sentencing of Joseph Thurura on second degree rape charge.

In Rape Shield Redux: Eighth Circuit Holds That District Court Properly Excluded "Other Source" Evidence In Rape Shield Appeal posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion of a recent ruling.

In Rapist Blames 10 Year old Victim for Rape posted at PCAR Pinnacle, we get a discussion of comments made by Eric German after he pleaded guilty to the rape of a child.

In First steps to legislative change on rape posted at In a strange land, we get a discussion of the announcement that the Minister of Justice in New Zealand is looking into changing the law around sexual violence.

In On "rape as a weapon of war" posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1820, entitled “Women and peace and security” adopted on June 19, 2008.

In Why the Charges are Civil (and Why That Doesn't Mean She's a Lying Golddigger) posted at Yes Means Yes Blog, we get a response to those who claim that choosing the civil justice system over the criminal justice system is evidence that the allegations against pro-football quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are false.

In New Orleans Police Call Over Half Of Rape Reports Noncriminal posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss serious problems in how reported rapes are erased from the official list of rapes reported to the FBI.

In For Anyone Who Thinks Patriarchy Doesn't Exist... posted at The Grumpy Sociologist, we get a discussion of the brutal gang rape and murder of South African football star, Eudy Simelane.

In Pat Nolan: Getting Serious About Prison Rape posted at The Full Feed from, we get a discussion of recent events which highlight that the acceptance of prison rape is being challenged on multiple fronts.

media watch

In Trivializing Rape posted at Cochin Blogger, we get a discussion about accepting literature which minimizes rape because much of that literature is a historical record.

In Clothing Doesn't Dictate Rape posted at Sins of Scarlet, we get a discussion of comments made by advice DJ named Dawson McAllister in response to a man's question: Why do girls dress so provocatively and then complain about unwanted attention?

In Iranian virgin prisoners raped before execution posted at femina, we get a discussion of an article in the Jerusalem Post by an anonymous member of the Basiji militia.

In Rape: a helpful non-correction from the Telegraph posted at Bad Science, we get a discussion of a flawed retraction over a story they published titled “Women who dress provocatively more likely to be raped, claim scientists”

In Kyle and Jackie O re-traumatise a child rape victim on air. posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of the actions of a shock jock team who subjected a 14 year old girl to on-the-air interrogation.

In Lumo: One Young Woman's Struggle to Heal in a Nation Beset By War posted at Feminist Review, we get a review of a documentary about a woman's life after she was raped by military men.

In Rape Joke Roundup posted at Wisecrack: Feminism and Comedy Magazine, we get several links to analysis of rape jokes and an example of providing feedback to a stand-up comedian who told a rape joke after his set.

In Kyle Sandilands: "Rape Happens" posted at The Dawn Chorus, we get a discussion of dismissive comments by a shock jock in response to the backlash against his actions before and after a 14-year-old girl disclosed she'd been raped.


In Artemisia Gentileschi: Artist and Rape Survivor posted at Gender Across Borders, we get a discussion of seventeenth-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi and how the same attitudes that led to her being tortured when her rapist was on trial remain with us today.

personal stories

In Lessons from the Rape Culture posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about how societal messages contribute to sexual coercion and how those messages to those pressured sexually can communicate that pressuring others is acceptable behavior.

In Overcoming Hatred posted at Writing, we get a discussion about how hatred can be increased by ineffective or cruel responses to abuse and the aftermath of abuse and how a single realization can make a huge difference.

In No one wants to be The Slut. posted at California NOW, we get a discussion about how often the experiences of those labeled as a slut are defined by people who have never been given this label and how the popular beliefs can differ from reality.

In This Is Why Parents Don't Get Told posted at How to Ace Life, we get a discussion about the fear children experience sparked by response of the family of the 8-year-old gang rape victim.

raising awareness

In Breaking the wall of silence – Every Child Matters « Gender Across Borders posted at Gender Across Borders, we get a discussion about human trafficking and child sexual exploitation/abuse.

In Shocking: teens know sex feels good posted at Women's Glib, we get a discussion about the backlash against teaching the concept of enthusiastic consent and the use of appropriate disease and pregnancy protection.

In It's the girls' fault? posted at Politics, we get a discussion of a Canadian government program which confuses the role of societal hypersexualization of girls in sexual violence with the role of an individual girl's clothing choices.

In 8 Year Old Victim Blamed For Her Own Gang Rape posted at Womanist Musings, we get a discussion of a recent case and how that case is being used to support widespread bigotry.

In Absence of consent is rape, and not technical rape, and is not an excuse for victim blaming posted at, we get a discussion of a judge in Australia who decided that a rape case was only a “technical rape” because of a mentality which blames those unable to consent.

In Feeling Powerless in the Face of Catholic Crimes posted at Atheist Revolution, we get a discussion prompted by the admission by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond E. Goedert, a former top official in the Catholic church in Chicago, that he was fully aware of sexual abuse committed by 25 different priests on his watch between 1970 and 1986 and did nothing.

In What Should Be Done To Those Who Fabricate Rape Allegations? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the real harm done by those who make up stories which paint alleged rape victims as confirmed false reporters while claiming to be against fabricated claims.

In 1: Why SAFER? posted at The Curvature, we get the first post for a blogathon fundraising effort. I encourage you to read the related posts Cara wrote for the blogathon.


In Working As A Rape Crisis Canvasser posted at Beautiful Struggle, we get a discussion about the contrast between people's official stance on violence and their actions related to that violence.

In Sound Waves Speed Up Rape Kit Processing posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss an important scientific advance which has the potential to reduce the backlog of unprocessed rape kits.

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   5 comments links to this post


At August 02, 2009 11:23 AM, Blogger KirBir said...

Thank you for this. It's amazing to see how many people are now speaking out about things that have been hidden in closets and swept under rugs for years.

At August 02, 2009 1:33 PM, Blogger Mary Sunshine said...


Thanks very much for this.

At August 02, 2009 3:46 PM, OpenID mozartspeaks said...

thank you for sharing my post on your page. continue with the important work!

At August 04, 2009 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anne Caroline Drake said...

Yes, thank you for including my post about Jimmy Carter. I like the idea of having a carnival because I think we need to break down the walls of silence when it comes to violence against women and girls.

For your next round, I'd like to nominate Eve Ensler's excellent op-ed piece in the Washington Post taking the UN to task for broken promises in the Congo.

Here's a link:

At August 05, 2009 7:48 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


The carnival is a collection of blog posts so op-eds are outside the scope but I welcome comments with links to related op-eds and articles. This way those who read this carnival edition can read Eve Ensler's op-ed as well.


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