Thursday, October 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 80

Welcome to the October 15, 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 Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced posted at Shapely Prose, we get a discussion in response to non-rapist men who complain about not instantly being seen as non-rapists which continues into extensive comments.

In Who's really lying on that casting couch posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the stereotype of women using sex to obtain career benefits.

In Oklahoma Wants to Publicize Your Abortion posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a new law which has been challenged as unconstitutional.


In KY Supreme Court Strikes Down Retroactive Application of Residency Restrictions posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about a recent ruling on a sex offender law.

In Roman Polanski As Described By Grand Jury Testimony posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the core details of a case which has been incorrectly described by many people as nothing more than a statutory rape case where no force or coercion was involved.

In AK Judge Lets Serial Rapist Cop Out on Bail posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of the troubling way a particular rape case was handled.

In "Banned from churches, sex offenders go to court" posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion on new laws restricting where registered sex offenders can go and the challenges those laws are facing.

media watch

In Child sexual abuse: is this topic too taboo for you? posted at Beauty UnSilenced, we get a discussion about how sexual abuse is reported including stories which gloss over the realities and we get several resources which can help journalists navigate the hazards of reporting these types of stories.

In GW Paper Criticizes Sexual Assault Victims' Lack of "Responsibility" posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion about coverage of 2 different types of assaults against students where a male student wasn't subjected to the same call for responsibility.

In Getting Over It posted at Feministe, we get a response to what many people have been saying about Roman Polanski's victim based on her age at the time of the crime from someone who was also raped at 13.

In Hollywood thinks rape is okay, just not “rape-rape” posted at the Hathor Legacy, we get a discussion of how comments from people, including the sister of Sharon Tate incorrectly cast Polanski as nothing more than a victim or someone who didn't commit a serious crime.

In Filmmaker Allison Anders on Polanski: Art Is Not Enough posted at misswhistle, we get insight from a woman who is a fan of the work of Polanski on understanding the need to separate what someone does artisticly from what someone does which harms others.

In Fox News corrects inaccurate Kevin Jennings article. Politico does the same posted at Pam's House Blend - Front Page, we get a discussion about distortion of facts about an education adviser in the Obama administration who was incorrectly accused of protecting the perpetrator of statutory rape.

In On Violence, Erin Andrews posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the arrest of Michael David Barrett for illegally filming the sports commentator and how some hotels responded to his request to have a room next to hers.

In So What If Mackenzie Phillips Has a Book Deal? posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about why some people who don't deny sexual abuse happened focus their criticism on the fact that a survivor might make money by discussing sexual violence and abuse.

raising awareness

In Elizabeth Smart Shines A Light posted at Third of a Lifetime, we get a short response to the testimony given against Brian David Mitchell, during a hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

In The Problem with Hoping Rapists Will Be Raped posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion which highlights that there is nothing just in making this wish and how instead it promotes rape as conditionally acceptable.

In Consent, Silence, Inaction and Agency posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how often a girl or woman is defined as having intentionally consented because she didn't do or say anything.

In Teenagers and Young Adults Beware of Crime in Web Communities posted at Prevention Works, we get a discussion about how those who seek to harm others online may be violating laws and could face serious civil and criminal punishments.

In Do I Have to Scream Into the Wind posted at rmott62, we get a discussion of the challenges of escaping prostitution and speaking about it.

In But, What If He Married Her?? posted at Surviving Therapist Abuse, we get a discussion sparked by someone who believed that if a therapist were sexually abusing a patient that the situation would be better if the therapist later married that patient.

In Send Roman Polanski to jail posted at Letters Home, we get a to the point post which refuses to accept anything but the details of the case in determining the desired outcome.

In An Either-or-Choice posted at aagblog, we get a discussion of what it means to victims of sex crimes when so many people rally behind a known perpetrator such as Roman Polanski.


In Rape Myth Acceptance posted at CALCASA, we get a discussion of research published online in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence where the authors examined rape myth acceptance scale specific to Korean culture.


In MN Man Conference Break Out Sessions posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss information and insight from a conference on the primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence.

In Meier Receives ABA Sharon Corbitt Award posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get information about the winner of an award for “exemplary legal service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.”

In Touchstones for An Abolition Grand Strategy posted at THE NORTH STAR, we get a discussion of some of the most important things which need to be kept in mind when working to stop human trafficking.

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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