Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 84

Welcome to the December 15, 2009 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

Quick FYI for those unfamiliar with blog carnivals and who wonder about this terminology, the term refers to collections of related blog posts. Check out blogcarnival.com for more information.

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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 Rape victim failed by cops posted at Harpymarx, we get a discussion of a rape case that sat forgotten until important evidence became impossible to collect and how victims in the UK are using the the Human Rights Act to push the police into handling rape cases properly.

In Excepted Exception: Appeal Reveals Limited Applicability Of Minnesota's Other Source Rape Shield Exception posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion of a recent opinion of the Court of Appeals of Minnesota in State v. McBroom.

In Non Sex Case Which Highlights Different View Of Unintentional Harm posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case where a teenage boy picked up a gun which he said he believed was unloaded and killed another boy at a party and how that boy is still legally responsible for the harm he did and how this contrasts with how many people view the prosecution of rapists who claim ignorance about their victim's lack of consent.

media watch

In Walk the Line posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of a public service campaign against “digital abuse” by MTV.

In Rapist's Lies Just Bad Judgment If Rapist Drunk? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the response given by Ask Amy advice columnist Amy Dickerson and how she dismisses the clarity of a rapist's actions which indicate premeditation and instead sees rape as a side effect of a man's drinking.

In Ask Amy to Reader: "How dare you call me a "rape apologist"" posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of the response by an advice columnist to the backlash against her advice to a college student.

In Today in Rape Culture posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion about advice columnist Amy Dickerson's rejection of accusations she blamed the victim while continuing to put the responsibility for rape onto the victim by exhorting the woman who wrote to her to to "do everything possible to stay safe in the future."

In Student Uses Negative Publicity for Good, Not Evil posted at Change Happens we get a discussion about how a University of North Dakota student, Josh Brorby who wrote failed satire acknowledged that his motives didn't excuse his failure in his first attempt to highlight important issues about how some college men treat women.

personal stories

In Personal Lasting Impact Of Sexual Violence posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss being triggered in a way which brought back symptoms I'd assumed were gone forever.

In Rape and Racism: Why Tufts didn't care I was Raped posted at Tufts University Survivors of Rape, we get a discussion about racism can contribute to survivors' reports being ignored or dismissed and the impact that can have on the survivor.

raising awareness

In Father's Rights and Violence Against Women posted at Living The Single Life, we get a discussion of the ‘fathers’ rights’ movement's efforts which are an organized backlash against work being done to combat and reduce violence against women and how they put father's access above children's safety.

In The language of rape culture posted at Genius With a Parachute, we get a discussion of how some types of swearing can reinforce rape culture.

In Why Demanding Communication of Lack of Consent Is Dangerous posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how a too common opinion that rape victims must do something to communicate lack of consent contributed to the beliefs behind a ruling in Connecticut which overturned a sexual assault conviction of a woman with severe disabilities because the appeals court ruled she doesn't meet the standard of physically helpless.


In Not the same person posted at Rape Me Please, we get a quick musing on the changes that take place to an individual after rape.


In 'A Culture of Silence': Sexual Assault on Campus posted at Kay Steiger, we get a discussion of a report released by The Center for Public Integrity about sexual assault on college campuses.

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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