Monday, February 01, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 87

Welcome to the February 1, 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 Shaming and Blaming posted at this ain't livin', we get a discussion about what girls are and are not taught growing up.


In Swedish Court Decides Sexual Assault is Not a Crime posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a case where the victim's non-consent doesn't matter because exposing someone as they sleep and then photographing them is not a crime.

In The Sexual Innocence Inference Theory: Fact or Fiction? A Spotlight on the Special Concurrence In the Court of Appeals of Idaho?s Recent Opinion in State v. Molen posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion of how an untested theory has led to the evisceration of the rape shield rule in many child molestation prosecutions.

In Inter-American Court rules against Mexico on gender violence in Ciudad Juárez posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion about the legal obligations of governments to properly respond to gender violence.

In The problem of making sex work a sexual offense. posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the actions being taken by New Orleans prosecutors to use a 1805 law which makes it a crime against nature to engage in "unnatural copulation" to put sex workers on the sex offender registry.

In Saudi Arabia to lash Filipino rape victim 100 times posted at Falafel Mafia, we get a discussion of a case where a pregnancy through rape is considered a crime.

In Sharia police arrested for ‘rape’ posted at WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS, we get a discussion of actions taken during a woman's interrogation.

In Important Columbia Supreme Court Ruling posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a ruling which bars bringing in a rape victim's sexual history and bars using sexist arguments.

In Alleged Victim Slut-Shamed, Rape Case Thrown Out posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a UK judge who equated a woman's fantasies with a woman's consent.

media watch

In Tragedy and responsibility posted at Built-in, Shock-Proof, we get a discussion about how fuzzy descriptions for sex crimes such as tragedy can obscure what is really described and why we need to use language which clarifies what someone decided to do to another.

In More on AirNZ's cougar rubbish posted at The Hand Mirror, we get a discussion of an online campaign which showed a woman sexually assaulting a younger man.

In Violence Made Acceptable, if by a man, says this Columnist posted at Men Against Violence Against Women!, we get a discussion of the commentary about a case where 2 men assaulted someone wearing the opposing team's jersey incorrectly assuming they were assaulting another man.

In Rape Victims Vs. Prison Rape Victims posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of an awareness campaign contrasting attitudes related to sexual violence of those who are and are not incarcerated.

In Patriarchy and Protection posted at Happy Bodies, we get a discussion of a headline, "“Police Warns Women” (Politiet advarer kvinner) in Norway and how we try to protect women from the danger of sexual violence rather than trying to prevent sexual violence so women need no more warning or caution than men need.

In 3 Idiots, and Why I Disliked It posted at Cold SnapDragon, we get a discussion of a movie including how it used rape as a joke.

personal stories

In Rape Culture posted at Gender Across Borders, we get a discussion about a woman who served on the jury for a rape trial and the comment made by a fellow juror.

In The Impropriety of Pornography posted at Effective Family Communication, we get a discussion of being at camp as a child where pornographic magazines were easily available and a discussion with a camp counselor which humanized those pictured in pornography.

In irony posted at typical leigh, we get a discussion of being at a party and watching a guy disregarding women's personal boundaries and getting mad when they reacted negatively while he wore a symbol of non-violence.

In Concept, context, counseling and self defense posted at Eleanorerose's Blog, we get a discussion of how different types of anti-violence work can be manageable or overwhelming.

In How to create a whore posted at rmott62, we get a discussion about how that word and the attitude behind it do additional harm to those who are dismissed by the usage of this label.

In Every Girl Has a Story of Sexual Abuse posted at Cuntlove, we get a discussion of the fear of sexual violence and the reaction to sexual violation where the violator touches himself rather than the victim.

raising awareness

In Stop the violence against woman in India society posted at namit kumar suraj, we get a discussion about the need to stop violence and important related information.

In Reproductive Justice is the Antidote to Rape Culture posted at Everysaturdaymorning's Blog, we get a discussion sparked by the disregard for people's personal boundaries and the ignoring of people's lack of consent shown by clinic protesters who wore vests similar to those worn by clinic escorts.

In The Great Gender Hypocrisy of Rape posted at Confessions of an Onion Girl, we get a discussion about the denial of rape when the victim is a man and how statements made about women victims can be seen as nonsense when the genders are reversed.

In Domestic violence cases rising in number & intensity "Where is the outrage?" posted at Battered Women, Battered Children, Custody Abuse, we get a discussion about violence in Connecticut and elsewhere and the lack of public demand for this violence to stop.

In One Big Step in This Journey of a Thousand Miles posted at First Response Action, we get a discussion of Peace Corps Volunteers who are affected by sexual assault, rape, violent crime and death threats.

In Mini-Series on Dating Violence, Part III posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion on the root causes of violence. Please follow the links to the first 2 parts of this series.

In HUMAN TRAFFICKING MONTH--NOT JUST AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM posted at "Time's Up!", we get a discussion about how pervasive human trafficking is and how close it can be to us.

In Many Teens Sexually Exploited by Bosses posted at A Place to Talk about Rape, we get a discussion about a type of violence which is often forgotten about.

In Sexual Violence Against Someone Asleep posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a particular subset of sexual assaults and how the reaction to these sexual assaults can vary from easy acceptance to denial.


In Social Networking Sites Should Be Safe Spaces, Too posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of issues survivors can face on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn from privacy to having your perpetrator presented to you as a potential friend.


In Mental Health “Expert” Claims That Child Sexual Abuse is Rarely Painful or Terrifying posted at Dream Catchers for Abused Children, we get a discussion of a book by Susan Clancy called The Trauma Myth.

In Female Sex Offenders and their victims- Reference materials and scholarly papers posted at What about when MOM is the abuser?, we get links to a broad range of reference material.

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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