Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 77

Welcome to the September 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:

creative expression

In Friday Videos: A Poem About Rape posted at Femagination - The Feminist Imagination Blog, we get to see a performance of a poem about rape which specifically calls men out to be part of the solution rather than being part of the problem.


In "She's got you wrapped around her finger": fathers, daughters, and a variation on the myth of male weakness posted at Hugo Schwyzer, we get a discussion about the gender stereotypes which are supported by a statement which is often made in praise of fathers which can begin soon after a girl's birth.


In Idiot Prosecutor posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion of a prosecutor in Stockholm who said “If you take a man and a woman who know each other and the woman says she doesn’t feel like it today and the man goes on anyway. Sure, it’s not very nice but not worth two years in prison.”

In Anti-Sex Worker Bigotry Makes Its Way Into Rape Trial posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a defense request to tell the jury about a woman's prior sexual conduct and reputation by the attorneys for Omar Shariff Cash who is accused of multiple crimes including carjacking a couple, murdering the man and then raping the woman.

In Women must feel safe when reporting rape not have to worry about their medical records posted at womensgrid, we get a discussion about rape victims in Scotland who have been asked by prosecutors to give them permission to access the victim's medical records where refusing to do so may mean that the reported rape may not be investigated.

In Disturbing New Details in NYPD Rape Cops Case posted at Raising Kane, we get a discussion of the alleged behavior of New York City police officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, after they were called to help an intoxicated woman get safely to her home which includes placing a fake 911 call after leaving the woman's apartment so they could return while still on duty.

In A Crime of Opportunity posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a judge's decision to refuse to impose jail time on Fernando Manual Alves, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a woman who was drugged and raped because the judge didn't view Alves as pathologically dangerous since he used opportunity to help him commit his crime.

In Closing the Internet Brothel posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about how Craigslist's ads can help sex traffickers including those who traffic in children.

In Man Pretends to Be His Identical Twin Brother Then Rapes His Girlfriend posted at WENDYISTA, we get a discussion of the allegations against police officer Jared Rohrig including refusing to let the woman leave once she realized he was not who he claimed to be.

In Force and Resistance posted at Concurring Opinions, we get a discussion of how force, violence, resistance and consent are defined in different contexts including rape laws and the actions of police officers toward civilians.

In Marriott Distances Itself from Franchise Hotel's Rape Defense in Premises Liability Lawsuit posted at California Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, we get a discussion of the case which caused a backlash against the Marriott hotel chain.

In Dallas PD moves to sequential, blind lineups posted at Grits for Breakfast, we get a discussion of a change to the visual ID process which eliminates giving witnesses what amounts to multiple choice questions that encourages those witnesses to pick the best match rather than comparing each face to that witnesses' memory.

In It Never Ends: The Trauma of Sexual Assault posted at Women in Crime Ink, we get a discussion of rape which begins by focusing on the effort by rape survivor Arline Mathews to prevent the expected release of the serial rapist who attacked her in 1987 once he completes half of his 44 year sentence.

In 15-year-old Rape Trial Witness Commits Suicide posted at A Gothenburg Lighthouse, we get a discussion about how attitudes about in Sweden contributed to the suicide of a girl terrified of testifying and how these attitudes are reflected in the history of rape laws in Sweden.

media watch

In Dark Magic posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of a product sold at the Penguin Magic site which purports to "teach insecure manboy magicians to use magic tricks to trick women into sleeping with them."

In Targeting women posted at Media Misses, we get an example of media coverage of the crimes committed by Jose Garcia-Perlera which doesn't fall into the trap of characterizing victims in a one-dimensional manner.

In Newsflash: Disliking Rape Jokes = Hating Men! posted at Fannie's Room, we get a discussion of the pat response to women speaking up against words they believe minimizes violence done to girls and women.

In Abusers Are Not Tragic Heroes posted at Daughter of the Ring of Fire, we get a discussion of the way a CNN story sets up murderer Michael Ratley as a sympathetic figure which ignores the possibility that the heroic act of carrying his wife and child out of a burning building was the out of character action instead of being proof that except for murdering his wife he was a consistently good husband.

In "Real Beauty" is only pocket deep posted at Responsible Men's Blog, we get a discussion about how genuine a positive corporate message about women for women, such as Dove ads, can be considered to be if other areas in that company are contradicting that positive message about women in ads directed at men, such as Axe grooming products for men, when both messages come from the same corporation, such as Unilever.

personal stories

In What I Remember posted at The Over-Educated Nympho, we get a description of sexual abuse against a young woman which happened while she was recovering from major surgery because her boyfriend believed taking care of his erection was more important than his girlfriend's physical welfare and any pain his actions would cause his girlfriend.

In On Surviving Sexual Assault... posted at The Feminist Breeder, we get a discussion about how sexual violence can happen in the middle of what seemed to be a normal workday by a supervisor who showed no sign of sexual interest or sexual danger until that man opened a stairwell door, yanked her with him and began his attack.

In Perfect posted at Twenty-Something's Thoughts of Everything, we get a discussion of being raped at age 5 in a town that seemed safe and by a man who also seemed safe and how that crime changed her life, from being coddled to not fully understanding what had been done to her until much later including learning that her injuries from that rape were life threatening and that the actions of people after that rape had been perfect since they were life saving.

raising awareness

In Safety & Crime Prevention Tips For New Students With Emphasis On Sexual Violence posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I respond to many stock prevention tips given to incoming students which too often blame victims with tips of my own.

In Why it’s your fault if you’re raped at the Stamford Marriott posted at Jim C. Hines, we get a discussion of the argument made by lawyers in response to a lawsuit filed by a rape survivor against a Marriott hotel in CT.

In Catholic University Gets Tougher on Sexual Assault, Remains Tough on Sex posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion about a change in policy which was required to not have consensual sexual behavior outside of marriage and sexual assault both be the same disciplinary offense and instead make sexual violence a greater offense.

In Reaction Part 2 posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion of how the “I’d Never Put Up With That” reaction to discussions of abuse actually supports what the person would not tolerate personally since they are positioning the victim as somwone who is responsible for choosing to accept unacceptable behavior.

In Understanding "No To Yes" Rapists posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I respond to a man who claimed "Rape is physically forced intercourse, nothing more," and show why this proof is false as well as showing why certain rapists seek to get a "yes" from their victims.

In Drowning in rape culture: victim-blaming and women's bodies as sexual objects posted at o filthy grandeur!, we get a discussion of responses to George Sodini's decision to murder women in a health club which make women who said no to Sodini responsible for his crime.


In Two Years and a Lifetime posted at Road to the Phoenix, we get a discussion of the steps being taken by a survivor to help herself and others which include deciding to talk publicly about her rape for the first time.


In MN Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence: Part 1 Overview posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss information presented on Aug. 10 in New Brighton about work being done in the state to facilitate the prevention of sexual violence perpetration.

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, http://carnivalagainstsexualviolence.blogspot.com/

Marcella Chester

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