Thursday, October 01, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 79

Welcome to the October 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 The Hamilton Heights Rapist- A Test for Police and Community posted at Speak Without Interruption, we get a discussion of how the way the police interact with the public when working on specific crimes can undermine the goal of catching violent offenders and how this relates to stereotypes about race.

In Some crimes are "worth" more than others in Kern County posted at The Vault, we get a discussion of Judge Richard Oberholzer reducing by half the bail of accused rapist Richard James Berkowitz.

In Rape Shield Redux: Supreme Court Of Nevada Finds Rule 26 Applies Where Rape Shield Law Doesn't posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about a ruling which stressed that district courts have discretion under NRCP 26 to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether an alleged sexual assault victim's sexual history is or is not discoverable.

In Rape Charges Against Ben Roethlisberger posted at End the Silence Campaign, we get a discussion about gender stereotype filled comments made by a defense attorney for the Lake Tahoe hotel where the young woman worked related to the request to suppress the alleged rape victim's affidavit.

In Cold Case Detectives Make an Arrest on 33-Year-Old Homicide posted at LAPD Blog, we get a discussion about an arrest in a murder believed to be sexually motivated which resulted from a required DNA sample given when the suspect was arrested on unrelated charges.

In The Devil Is In The Dictum: Second Circuit Makes Troubling Statements In Dictum In Rape Shield Ruling posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about a ruling related to a sexual harassment case filed by a woman against her superior, claiming he touched her thighs and breasts, offered her job security in return for sex, and showed up uninvited at her residence about the admissibility of claims that prior to the alleged harassment the woman flashed her breasts to other coworkers.

In Man Charged With Statutory Rape Person Of Interest In Victim's Murder posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case where police called the suspect prior to the girl's murder but didn't interview or arrest him on statutory rape charges until the victim was shot to death.

media watch

In Starting off on the Wrong Foot posted at AAUW Dialog, we get a discussion about how a statement in the introduction of the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: "In the wealthy countries of the West, discrimination is usually a matter of unequal pay or underfunded sports teams or unwanted touching from a boss. In contrast, in much of the world discrimination is lethal." minimizes gender discrimination against women in the West and ignores that this endemic problem results in the killing of women no matter where they live.

In Domestic Violence Is Not A Publicity Stunt, Not A Joke posted at Women's Rights, we get a discussion of statements made by Mike Fleiss, who works for Next Entertainment, and produces several reality TV shows about the news that Shawne Merriman, a star linebacker for the NFL's San Diego Chargers, will not be prosecuted over allegations he assaulted his reality TV star girlfriend, Tila Tequila.

In Tucker Max Fans Fight Rape With Racism posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of the bigotry expressed in submissions to a Photoshop competition on Tucker Max’s message board seeking favorite reimagined sign content from a Raleigh protest of his film.

In Tucker Max hates fun posted at Pandagon, we get a discussion of the flaw in the ignore-the-bullies strategy which is presented as the best possible response.

In Billboards About Rape Decreed Upsetting posted at The Awl, we get a discussion about the backlash against billboards which state "sex without consent is rape."

In Joke about rape only offensive to stupid people, says hilarious man posted at Crimitism, we get a discussion about how the harm people do too often gets excused because their intentions don't match the results of their words or actions and how those who truly don't intend harm can learn from the harm they cause.

In Rape Apologism and the Response to Mackenzie Phillips posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the way comments made on Oprah are described which erase abusive elements of what she described.

In Press Release from Equality Now posted at Hoyden About Town, we get information about Equality Now's effort to persuade Japan to uphold its obligations under UN conventions with respect to material that normalises and/or promotes violence against women and girls.

In Rape Apologists: Roman Polanski's Rape of a Child Not That Bad posted at Blog of the Moderate Left, we get a discussion about those who find excuses to minimize the sexual assault to which Polanski pleaded down to statutory rape before fleeing the US to avoid jail time.

In Inside Edition On Nightclub Sexual Predators posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss where a story about a case where an unconscious woman was dragged out of nightclub and raped was on target and where it focused on the wrong people's actions.

In Freedom to destroy? posted at Dancing Through Doorways II, we get a discussion about what we know about the risk of sex offenders repeating their crimes using the example of 2 sex offenders who have been in the news recently for the discovery of their kidnapped victims, Jaycee Lee Dugard, who lived, and Brooke Wilberger, who died.

In Protecting Your Safety While Speaking Out is Not Irresponsible posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the decision of UK celebrity Katie Price to speak out about being raped while refusing to name her rapist now or ever.

personal stories

In You Go, Hillary: Handing a Pro-Life Congressman His Ass on International Reproductive Rights posted at femonade, we get a discussion of how reproductive rights relates to injuries from rape and the problem of child-brides whose pelvises are too small for childbirth trying to give birth, but becoming seriously injured in the process.

In Tufts keeps me at victim status posted at Tufts University Survivors of Rape, we get a discussion about how the response to reporting rape and the treatment of that survivor can cause a survivor additional trauma and interfere with the survivor's education.

In School posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a discussion about rape and the legal aspect of the rape laws in Sweden.

In Hard Things posted at California NOW, we get a discussion about trying to support a friend who was raped by her ex-boyfriend.

raising awareness

In Basics V: Informed consent posted at Genius With a Parachute, we get a review of what should be a basic understanding for everyone, but which clearly is not understood by too many people by what they claim counts as legal consent.

In Stuff What Boys Can Do posted at Fugitivus, get a discussion about the victim-blaming ramifications of telling a woman to change her behavior to avoid rape and the conflict this creates in those who believe giving or following this advice may prevent some rapes.

In CALCASA at the 2009 National Sexual Assault Conference posted at CALCASA, we get a discussion of participation in the 2009 National Sexual Assault Conference in Alexandria, VA.

In "Freezing and Paralysis During Rape": originally posted by Lilah Gardner posted at Khamisa Says, we get a discussion of a lack of reaction to trauma which many people, including survivors view with guilt toward the survivor but which is actually related to the body’s sympathetic nervous system.

In Against sexist male paranoia about false rape accusations (or: rape is a much bigger problem than false rape allegations, kthxbye) posted at Uncommon Priors, we get a discussion of men who seem to not understand the problem of sexual violence and the red herrings which support this lack of understanding.

In 'Of course' she lied about rape posted at Spare Candy, we get a discussion about comments which assume that all reports of rape are false and how this type of talk impacts victims of sexual violence who hear those they care about repeating this bigotry.

In G20RP Sexual Consent Guidelines posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion about a statement issued by protest organizers related to the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh which explicitly forbid sexual harassment, abuse or any other consent violation and provide explicit support and guidance for any protester who subjected to this behavior .

In 365 Days of Working Out ...Turns a Normal Looking Guy Into a Giant Douche posted at femonade, we get a discussion about how the pressure and reward of men "working out" and women "dieting" reinforces a power differential that perpetuates stereotypes which contribute to rape.


In Sexually abusive pastor profile and technique posted at BaptistPlanet, we get a discussion of the characteristics of the ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis and other clergy responsible for sexually abusing just over three percent of women who regularly attend religious services.

In Rape in Colonial Latin America. posted at feminist musings by a christian woman, we get a discussion of a historical quote from the textbook Latin America: A Social History of the Colonial Period by Jonathan C. Brown

In Baylor Study Reveals Prevalence of Clergy Abuse posted at Atheist Revolution, we get a discussion about not only the commonness of sexual abuse but about how abusers use their religion to manipulate their victims.


In Law Review Article Addresses School Violence posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion of an article by Georgetown Law Center's Nancy Cantalupo where she examines the interrelatedness of peer sexual violence and other, more rare forms of school violence such as mass shootings.

In STOPPING RAPE: WHAT MEN CAN DO posted at Sex Gender Body, we get tips about ways in which all men can play a vital role in rape prevention.

In Why Tufts needs to define 'Sexual misconduct' in their policies posted at Tufts University Survivors of Rape, we get a discussion about how failure to define the contact a school is banning works against student safety.

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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posted by Marcella Chester @ 11:05 PM   2 comments links to this post


At October 02, 2009 10:30 AM, Blogger RosieRed23 said...

Thanks for hosting this, and for including one of my posts here. Looks like a lot of good reading material.

At October 03, 2009 4:12 AM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

What a ton of good posts to wade through! But I'm a little disappointed in Pandagon, though not surprised. Treating women well because they're human is never enough of a reason to do so, women should be treated well because then they will have lots of happy sex time with men. Ugh.


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