Saturday, January 02, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 85

Welcome to the January 2, 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 Rapist Claims Copyright posted at, we get a discussion of actions taken by former South Dakota legislator Klaudt who was convicted of 4 counts of second-degree rape to copyright his name and to require anyone who prints his name to pay him half a million dollars.

In Rapists are listening gratefully. posted at The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker, we get a discussion of statements made about a reported rape of a Russian woman in Goa by the Minister which positions a murder victim as having invited the offenses against her.

In MN Sen Al Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment Now Law posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the passage of an amendment to the defense funding bill which blocks contractors from forcing rape victims into binding arbitration.

In Domestic violence survivor granted asylum in the US posted at Modus dopens, we get a discussion of Rody Alvarado who had endured 10 years of extreme abuse by her husband and who had been seeking asylum from Guatemala since 1995.

media watch

In Thoughts on the Film Precious posted at Rebecca J. Macy: Trying to make the world a safer place one research study at a time..., we get a discussion of the film and the role of community in the film and in the real-life topic of the film.

In The responsibility of jurors in “no means no” posted at the Hathor Legacy, we get a discussion of a Guardian article which looks at juror attitudes in sex crime cases.

In Lots of potential, but not sitting right with me. posted at Feministe, we get a discussion of an article from the BBC entitled “Police team up for rape campaign” which positions drinking as the primary cause of alcohol-facilitated rape.

In Reflections on Sexual Irresponsibility and HIV Transmission: Sexual Danger/Sexual Blame On Oprah posted at Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, we get a discussion about the response from an audience member which shifted blame from a man who knew he was HIV positive prior to having unprotected sex to the women who had been convinced they didn't need to use a condom.


In Sexual Seduction & Psychic Terrorism posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS, we get a discussion about the use of lies to gain someone's cooperation or consent.

personal stories

In Another funny story. posted at Happy Bodies, we get a post of what is often told to others as a funny experience rather which minimizes actions taken while the woman was unconscious.

raising awareness

In The Semantics Of Dealing With Men Who Take Predatory Approach To Women posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the response to a backlash against article published by a University of North Dakota student and highlight the fact that he doesn't merely claim that what he wrote was okay because it was satire.

In Unethical Influence posted at SANCTUARY FOR THE ABUSED, we get a discussion of the influence continuum.


In Sex Crimes & The Vatican posted at Earwicga, we get a discussion about how stories about clergy abuse of boys resonated and gave voice to personal pain even though the the only detail which matched was the age range when children were sexually harmed.


In Responsibility and blame posted at CALCASA, we get a discussion of research looking at the attitudes of volunteers who work with women who have experienced violence which can lead to people viewing victims as deserving their fate.

In New Report About Sexual Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of a study which looked at systematic violence and how often that violence is ignored, allowing violence to continue, until the victim turns 18 and is viewed as a criminal.


In Skeleton Structure of Sexual Assault Support During Mass Mobilizations posted at Denver On Fire, we get a discussion of planning for sexual assault prevention for those who are planning protests.

In Warnings To Not Alienate Men posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss problems inherent in calls to tread delicately when talking to men or to groups with men in them.

take action

In Do something to help prevent rape in your community. posted at soisaystoher, we get a discussion sparked by the recent stats from the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.

In Self-care as Activism During the Holidays posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of the role of burnout and self-care in efforts to help survivors and to help prevent future violence.

In It's your duty to respond well to your friend's sexual assault disclosure posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the need for everyone to plan how to respectfully respond to disclosures of sexual violence since the lifetime rate of sexual violence means that most people have survivors in the life already and someone they know may be sexually assaulted and will need their support.

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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