Sunday, November 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 82

Welcome to the November 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 Our Culture Has Failed Us: Gender, Violence, and Advocating for Change posted at Josh Anastasia, we get a discussion of how often violence is interwoven into what is considered normal male behavior and how “female fault” is supported along with other gender traits.

Canada Will Not Repatriate Woman in Saudi Arabia posted at Informed Vote Keeping Canadian Voters Informed, we get a discussion where a woman from Canada is not being allowed to leave Saudi Arabia without her husband's permission.


In Bill Passed in the House on Sexual Assault In the Coast Guard; on Cruise Ships posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of legislation which would push the 125 to 150 cruise ships that enter U.S. ports to do a better job of preventing or responding to sexual assaults on passengers.

In Another Step Backwards For Women’s Rights in Italy posted at Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, we get a discussion of 2 recent cases of sexual violence in Italy where certain sexual assaults are strongly punished while others require less punishment because of opinions about the victims.

In Legal Consent, Morning-After Regret, and "Accidental" Rape posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion about how popular beliefs which minimize or deny certain rapes are contradicted by surveys asking men about using force or ignoring lack of consent.

In But It Was Only A Fantasy: North Carolina Opinion Reveals Troubling Exception to the State's Rape Shield Rule posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a recent opinion of the Court of Appeals of North Carolina in State v. Oliver.

media watch

In Movie Review: Playground. posted at Choices Campus Blog, we get information about a documentary on child sex trafficking with an emphasis on the US's contribution to this global injustice.

In Teacher accused of forming 'secret society' to have sex with teen girls posted at, we get a brief discussion of a teacher who also taught Bible classes at a Christian school.

In Rape and Victim-Blaming: Then and Now posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of part of Joanna Bourke’s book Rape: Sex, Violence, History which explores the legal and professional history of rape myths (in England, Australia, and the US).

In Is rape sex? posted at Rape Me Please, we get a discussion of the definition of rape on a children's health website.

In "To Protect" or "To Support"... posted at The Guy's Guide to Feminism, we get a discussion about advice given by Salon columnist Cary Tennis to a man whose wife was a victim of rape some twenty years ago.

In "Your husband has a right to expect regular sex" posted at Too Much To Say For Myself, we get a discussion of claims made by “sex therapist” Tracey Cox.

personal stories

In My recurring dream: meeting my aggressor - a feared nightmare or a secret desire? posted at One woman, many truths, we get an attempt to put into words the recurring dream about meeting a survivor's rapist again, and what it all means.

In Richmond Rape Rhetoric Reminiscent of "Boys Will Be Boys" posted at AAUW Dialog, we get a discussion of a school's response to 3 boys who cornered a girl where the required action did nothing to punish the boys and publicly humiliated the girl.

In Love Letters: The Rapist, & His Enablers posted at Small Town Wren, we get letters which focus on finding the positive after rape and in making the conscious choice to move on.

In My Friend Called To Say She Was Raped posted at Womanist Musings, we get a discussion of how supporting a friend brings up a survivor's own trauma.

raising awareness

In Drug-facilitated sexual violence: It's still traumatic posted at Tufts University Survivors of Rape, we get a discussion about the incorrect assumptions many people make about rapes which happen when the victim was semi-conscious or unconscious.

In Where Did Those Gang Rapists And Their Cheering Section Get Their Ideas? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss beliefs which are appallingly easy to find.

In Not The Man I Know posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about a common statement of denial when people learn someone they know was accused of rape and how their experience with that person is seen as trumping a rape victim's experience.

In So where did the rape culture at St Paul's come from? posted at In a strange land, we get a discussion of a group of university students living in a college (university residential hall) who set up a Facebook group called, "Define Statutory", promoting rape.

In Rapists and Abusers posted at Jim C. Hines, we get a discussion of the mindset that views rapists and abusers as completely separate from the rest of the population and how there is no neat boundary separating good guys from bad.

In 'new' survivors posted at Writing Ourselves Whole, we get a discussion about wanting sexual violence to end so there will be no more new survivors.

In Sexual Violence and Mental Health posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I recap information from a presentation given at the Minnesota Sexual Violence Prevention Network meeting.

In Inappropriate Word Use: Don't Do It posted at this ain't livin', we get a discussion of the misuse of the word rape including how both women and the natural environment have been historically viewed as property without rights or autonomy.


In New U.S. Crime Reports: Flawed Methodology Sharply Underestimates Rape Rates Against Women and Persons with Disabilities posted at Legal Momentum Briefing Room, we get a discussion of how victim surveys can miss data because of who isn't surveyed and how survey questions are worded.

In Examining Evidence Behind Spiking of Drinks With Date-Rape Drugs Urban Myth posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the serious flaws in any claim where absence of detection is conflated with absence of spiking.

In Meet The Predators posted at Yes Means Yes Blog, we get a discussion of the findings of two large-sample surveys of undetected rapists. Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected Rapists (Lisak & Miller 2002) and Reports of Rape Reperpetration by Newly Enlisted Male Navy Personnel (McWhorter 2009).


In Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Meeting posted at What Do I know?, we get a discussion of work being done in Alaska.

In Sexual Assault and the Aging- Ninth Annual Caregivers Symposium posted at Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault Blog, we get a discussion of an often overlooked group when it comes to sexual violence victimization.

take action

In Real Bikers Ride in the Rain, But not on Purpose posted at The Arkansas Biker Witch, we get a discussion of a ride which supported abused children by adopting them before accompanying them as they moved from a shelter to a foster home.

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 @ 12:06 AM   2 comments links to this post


At November 16, 2009 6:19 PM, Anonymous Amelia (BarcodesUK) said...

This is an awesome blog, one of my favourites (in google reader). Thank you so much for the frequent 'media watch' etc links that you provide so I can catch up with a range of female/feminist news ;)

At November 19, 2009 3:42 AM, Blogger Prudence said...

Marcella thanks so much for linking to my blog and for all these very useful links. What you're doing here is so wonderful!

Prudence :-)


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