Friday, January 15, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 86

Welcome to the January 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 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.

If you support the purpose of the carnival, you can help get the word out about it and all of the posts included in the carnival.

Here are the selections for this edition of the carnival against sexual violence:


In My New Job posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion about how parental notification laws which sound reasonable when proposed do not work as promised.

In Men and women in the public sphere posted at Genius With a Parachute, we get a discussion of how explicit and implicit gender restrictions placed on girls once they reach puberty negatively impacts girls and women's physical and mental health.


In Sexual Assault Examinations Without Police Involvement: A Guide to Texas’ New Law posted at Speaking Out., we get a discussion of the practical aspects of a new law.

In Predator Pastor Admits Fathering Child Of Alleged Rape Victim posted at Lez Get Real, we get a discussion of Darrell Gilyard who wasn't charged with the alleged rape and is now in prison for molesting a 15 year-old girl in his church.

In 12yo Rape Victim Not to Be Believed, Say School Admins posted at Mother Jones, we get a discussion of disturbing statements made by school district employees after 2 boys interrupted an assault in Portola Middle School in El Cerrito, California.

In Principal accused of raping, molesting 11-year old girl posted at, we get a brief post highlighting that those who seem most trustworthy can betray that trust.

In Dubai: Female tourist reports rape to police, is arrested for extramarital sex and drinking alcohol posted at Muslims Against Sharia, we get a discussion about how the treatment of a rape victim highlights that consensual behavior by women is worse than violent, non-consensual behavior by men.

media watch

In You're just not that into him posted at Shh... Inside Voices, we get a discussion of the movie He's Just Not That Into You and how it repeats the dangerous fallacy that tormenting a girl is how boys show they like her.

In On rape and journalistic description posted at Reporting 1 Blog, we get a discussion about how descriptions can inject bias into a story which is supposed to be unbiased.

personal stories

In Focusing on the new when the past stays with you posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss common themes in new years resolutions which can make impossible demands.

raising awareness

In Compassion for Southern Baptist leaders posted at Stop Baptist Predators, we get a discussion about the flaw in telling survivors of clergy abuse to show compassion when those leaders make choices which contribute to abusive clergy members continuing to have access to unsuspecting church members.

In Notes on Rape Prevention, Responsibility, and Culture posted at Gender Across Borders, we get a discussion of the contradictory messages sent to women about their need to prevent themselves from being raped.

In I do not consent: Musings on sexual terrorism posted at Race-Talk, we get a discussion about how sexual violence is linked to wider injustices.

In Good touch bad touch posted at Yes means yes, we get a discussion of various ways that children are taught to tolerate unwanted touches and how this undermines messages about bad touches.

In P.I.M.P.s, W.I.M.P.s and other men who control and occupy women for pleasure or profit posted at A Radical Profeminist, we get a discussion of sexual trafficking and the men who take profit and pleasure in promoting it.


In 1000 Grandmother Campaign - The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance posted at Anti-Violence Advocate, we get a discussion of an action oriented campaign for 2010.

In Self Care and Healing for Advocates... posted at "Time's Up!", we get a discussion about how important it is for those who advocate for others to deal with the secondary trauma they experience as they help others.

In Four-Letter Words posted at Holly Grande: Short and Sweet, we have a rape survivor sharing her experience on coping in the workplace and how friends and coworkers can help.

take action

In Help Save Rape Crisis Centres posted at Spinning Plates, we get a call to action for those in the UK.

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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