Saturday, August 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 76

Welcome to the August 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 False Impression posted at Legal Profession Blog, we get a discussion about ethical misconduct by 2 lawyers who represented a man accused of raping his daughter and who got the victim to sign affidavits which resulted in the girl believing she was legally barred from discussing the meeting or explaining why she stopped cooperating with the investigation.

In The Road to Hell is Paved With (Allegedly) Good Intentions: Supreme Court of Alabama Opinion Raises Important Rape Shield Questions posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about whether questioning allowed in a civil case should have been disallowed even though Georgia's rape shield law only applies to criminal cases.

In Human Behavior: Eighth Circuit Construes Expressions Of Desire As "Sexual Behavior" For Rape Shield Purposes posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about a ruling which made sexualized comments by the alleged victim to a deputy inadmissible.

In Student Note Examines Schools' Liability for Sexual Harassment posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion of student-authored scholarship in the Valparaiso University Law Review.

In Democratic ‘Blue Dogs’ have denied rights to women in Pa. posted at PCAR Pinnacle, we get a discussion of legislators who blocked legislation which would require hospitals to inform rape victims about emergency contraceptives.

In Support the Amendment to the Bahamas Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act posted at Womanish Words, we get a discussion about MP Loretta Turner's proposed legislation that would outlaw marital rape in the Bahamas.

In 'Sexual abuse of a minor' in immigration law posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion about whether all statutory rape convictions should cause the convict to be considered an "aggravated felon" eligible for deportation.

In Doctor Convicted Of Rape Of Woman Hospitalized For A Week posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case where one of the victims ran from the defendant's home and called 911 in distress and where 1 of the defense attorneys tried to shift the responsibility for his clients actions onto the rape victims.

media watch

In A Moral Lesson from the Daily Mail : You whores will probably get what's coming to you posted at Subtext reviews and news, we get a discussion about how the story about a violent boyfriend who murdered a young woman, Amy Barnes, after she tried to leave him was transformed into a story which makes the victim of this crime the one responsible for her violent death.

In Rape Games Update posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion about how game makers are responding to protests about sexually violent games by removing references to rape from the titles and classifications of those games.

In Kyle and Jackie O, the sequel: Rape apologism. posted at hexpletive, we learn that the girl's decision to decline a criminal investigation into her disclosure of rape has resulted in claims that this is evidence that the girl lied and was never raped.

In Men's Rights Activists, Anti-Feminists, And Other Misogynists Comment On George Sodini posted at Alas, a blog, we get examples from around the Internet which show that the man who targeted women for murder in a Pennsylvania health club and who killed 3 of the women he shot was not alone in the anti-woman thinking which led to that violent crime.

In The Line: A New Doc About Consent posted at Feministe, we get a discussion of a documentary by Nancy Schwartzman which includes a hidden camera interview with the man who raped her.

In Under The Influence of Rape Culture posted at Gender Agenda, we get a discussion of a PSA by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign which shows an unconscious woman being treated by her friends as a puppet and which only seeks to change the behavior of women who drink too much.

In Open thread: heteronormativity’s effects on all women and men posted at the Hathor Legacy, we get a discussion of a show called “Anatomy of Sex” where a narrator stated, "Guys like Greg can't help themselves. They're just following the first rule of evolution: reproduce! You might say that the only reason you are alive is to have sex - the urge is that strong."

In Rape is not sex: framing and language in assault posted at Deeply Problematic, we get a discussion sparked by the words used to describe the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl after she got into his car assuming he was someone she knew.

personal stories

In Why Rape Jokes Aren't Funny posted at Gallivant by POPPY GALLICO, we get a discussion about how rape jokes which trivialize rape can make a survivor question herself and the truth of what was done to her while making rape easier for bystanders to dismiss or condone.

In Some acting class experiences posted at Genius With a Parachute, we get a discussion about how the way an acting class is run can ignore issues of consent such as a trust exercise where an acting partner touches you wherever and however they want.

In Silence is the enemy posted at Morrígan Reborn, we get thoughts about what falsehoods silence allows people to say and contrast that to the truth of one woman's experience with rape, both as someone who interceded during a rape attempt and as a 2 time survivor.

raising awareness

In Reaction Part 1 posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion of reactions to a post which included: "It sucks to be a rape survivor and hear a joke that a) triggers you out of nowhere, and b) is about how fun and wacky rape is" where the rebuttals are to a different statement filled with absolutes.

In Despite Improvements, Rape Kit Billing Problems Persist posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about how well different states handle the requirement in VAWA that states pay for forensic exams.

In How to discredit a survivor posted at Laurelin In The Rain, we get a discussion about the nasty tactics used to silence those who have suffered sexual violence, particularly in the sex ‘industry.’

In Rape: A Woman’s Worst Nightmare posted at The Viewspaper, we get a discussion of rape focusing on attitudes and practices in India.

In Some Torture Can Be Spoken of posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about how certain acts of torture are considered worth highlighting while other acts of torture are not considered worth highlighting or must be highlighted in a way which minimizes or invalidates the torture experienced by some.

In Curing the male violence epidemic posted at A Second Judith, we get a discussion sparked by the murders committed by George Sodini and how common attitudes about women unfairly denying men sex helped him justify targeting a group of women for death.


In Over posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a brief discussion about how this anniversary of rape is different from prior anniversaries.

In Congo: Clinton Announces $17M To Help Rape Victims, A First Step Toward Breaking Cycle Of Pain And War posted at Huffington Post, we get a discussion which includes insight from conversations with a boy who was forced to fight and forced to commit acts of sexual violence against women which highlights some of the complexities behind this violence.


In Sexual Assault- Idiocy posted at Men Against Violence Against Women!, we get a discussion of the claim, "Overall, the idea that sexual assault is part of an evolved reproductive strategy is consistent with findings from this study."

In Teenagers who are raped leave school at earlier age posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a study done in Ireland which found that teenage rape survivors face significant challenges in school after being raped.


In Boris finally announces funding for Croydon... but still fails to deliver what he promised posted at Mind the Gap: London Student Feminists, we get a discussion of funding for London rape crisis services.

In Victim-blaming-bystander-training? posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of efforts in Pacific Beach, CA to help bartenders and servers recognize the difference between someone leaving a bar willingly and being taken out while incapacitated where the article about the program describes potential rape victims as people putting themselves at risk.

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.

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Marcella Chester

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