Monday, February 15, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 88

Welcome to the February 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:

creative expression

In I wrote this poem. It doesn't really have a title yet. posted at Sublimely Ridiculous, we get a powerful description of how physical and emotional violence intertwine and how violence can be followed by the determination of a survivor.


In Dumb MRA says dumb MRA things posted at Anti-Porn Feminists, we get an analysis of the use of "masculine fantasy" in excusing actual non-consensual practices in the making of porn and the dismissal of accountability for boys and men who aggressively mimic what they see men doing in violent porn as just making a learning mistake.

In Therapetic Abortion in Nicaragua posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion of laws changed in 2008 which make abortions illegal even when the fetus has no chance of surviving such as with a tubal pregnancy and which makes doctors guilty of a crime if they provide necessary medical treatment during pregnancy which unintentionally harms a fetus.


In I Have no Title for this post ... Only Lots of anger and shame is all what I Have posted at sumesh's space, we get a discussion of many rape cases in India where the victims were denied justice.

In Man twice a rape suspect back in court on probation violation posted at Cops and Courts, we get a discussion of a Montana man who pleaded no contest to felony sexual assault but spared prison time by the judge overseeing his case.

In Women are Unbelievable! (In Family Courts) posted at Family Court Crisis-Abusers Getting Custody..!!, we get a discussion of family court judges who choose stereotypes about lying women over the evidence presented to them.

In MN Judge Set Higher Bail In Domestic Violence Case To Reflect Higher Danger posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a judge's response to a man accused of terrorizing his wife with a gun she didn't know was unloaded who then violated a no-contact order in his bail conditions.

In The Innocence Fraud Project posted at Crime and Consequences Blog, we get a discussion of how a death penalty abolitionist incorrectly positioned Roger Keith Coleman who was executed in 1992 for rape and murder as if he were an innocent man victimized by a corrupt system when DNA tests done in 2005 confirmed his guilt and invalidated the allegations that Coleman was a victim of a corrupt and/or incompetent system. This is important even if you don't agree with those who highlight this error since it shows how a compelling story can cause people to believe a lie from someone proven guilty.

In Competent Opinion: Supreme Court Of New Hampshire Reverses Sexual Assault Conviction Based Upon Incorrect Competency Ruling posted at EvidenceProf Blog, we get a discussion about the determination about whether the alleged victim understood the duty to tell the truth.

In School District Not Liable For Harassment by Former Teacher posted at Title IX Blog, we get a discussion of a case against a school district which knew about a teacher's wrongdoing and opted to remove him quietly and to provide a positive letter of recommendation to his next employer because the school district had no duty to protect students outside of their district.

media watch

In Fuck you, Google posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion of the dangerous privacy flaws in Google's new product Buzz in how it uses email contacts.

In Victim Blaming and Transgender Rape Victims posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of commenters on the New York Daily News website who invented dozens of reasons why an alleged sexual assault could never have occurred, and if it did happen why the victim deserved to be raped.

In Look on! The ICTY on film posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a discussion of Storm, a German/Dutch film which tells the story of a woman prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and her attempts to bring down a war criminal.

In Resolved: Abandoning Your Rape-Victim Wife Is A Dick Move posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of the advice given by different advice columnists related to men's reaction to their wife's rape and the pregnancy which resulted from rape.

In Punch Drunk: On Rape Apologists and Hollywood Misogyny posted at Jane Claire Bradley, we get a discussion about the work of Todd Phillips including the movie The Hangover which included convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

In On gender, rape, and media narratives posted at The Feminist Texican, we get a discussion about the assault of Michael Mineo by NYPD officers and how the word rape is omitted from media coverage of the case.

In Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching posted at Feminist Review, we get a review of a book by Crystal Feimster which focuses on the Post Civil War South predominantly through the political writings, speeches, and lives of two prominent female figures of the era. Rebecca Latimer Felton, a white woman from the stately plantation class, educated and raised during antebellum south, and Ida B. Wells, a the daughter of former slaves, raised during the reconstruction era.

In Write On! Sexual violence/conflict in Africa posted at IntLawGrrls, we get a call for proposals for the 2-day workshop "Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa" to be held May 5 & 6, 2010, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

In Why don't we call it what it is? posted at Adventures of a Young Feminist, we get a discussion of a storyline in the TV show 24 involving the character Renee who is a former FBI agent.

In My Thoughts On Oprah's Interview With Sex Offenders posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the interview Oprah did with 4 men who were convicted of committing sex crimes against children.

raising awareness

In Sexual Abuse is about Abuse, not Sex posted at Kellevision, we get a reminder that the excuses abusers use are dishonest and can cause victims to feel they somehow are responsible for their abusers actions.

In Pervasiveness of reproductive coercion posted at Modus dopens, we get a discussion about how the narrative of placing boys and men's pleasure as the highest priority in discussions of safe sex contributes to unsafe sex.

In Women Lie Narrative Overwhelms Man's Admission Of Violence Costs Young Boy His Life posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, we get a discussion of a case where a man admitted to a judge that he had hit the woman seeking an order for protection.


In Reproductive Coercion is Sexual Violence posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the report "Pregnancy Coercion, Intimate Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy" and the implications from the report about where messages related to violence fail.


In How a Good Campus Sexual Misconduct Policy Fights Oppression posted at Tufts University Survivors of Rape, we get a discussion about how a narrow view of sexual violence and what is needed to deal with sexual violence contributes to creating an environment where sexual violence is more likely to happen and where the handling of sexual violence cases can reinforce other inequities.

In On the Importance and Necessity of Sexual Assault Policies (Peace Corps Edition) posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion about how the principles which are needed to make college campuses safer also apply to other institutions including one designed to make the world a safer place.

take action

In ACTION ALERT: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is swinging into action. posted at Family Court Crisis-Abusers Getting Custody..!!, we get a discussion of important work being done to prevent violence.

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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At February 16, 2010 7:15 AM, OpenID antiplondon said...


Thanks for including the Anti-Porn Feminists' blog in this carnival.


At February 17, 2010 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fugitivus has taken her blog down after her anti-google blog got posted to gawker and she got inundated with rape apologists.

At February 17, 2010 11:49 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Thanks for letting me know about Fugitivus. I wish I were surprised about the rape apologists who prove why the original Buzz design was so dangerous.


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