Monday, March 01, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 89

Welcome to the March 1 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 Honesty II posted at Sublimely Ridiculous, we get stark prose from a survivor.


In Nicaraguan Groups Call on International Community for Help in Case of Pregnant Woman Denied Cancer Treatment posted at Reproductive Health, we get a discussion of the denial of a woman's human right to life in the name of protecting life.


In At long last, restraining orders for survivors posted at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center barcc blog, we get a discussion of a change in Massachusetts law removing the restriction that you could be granted a criminally enforceable protection order only if the perpetrator of the abuse was a family member, roommate, current or former spouse, or a person with whom the victim has or had a “substantial dating relationship.”

In Judge Resigns Over Bias Against Domestic Violence Survivors posted at Viva La Feminista, we get a discussion of how advocates were able to gather enough evidence of Judge Reagan Helm being biased during domestic violence cases that he stepped down.

In This is stomach-turning. posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of a Delaware pediatrician indicted on 471 felony counts accusing him of sexually abusing 103 patients.

In Scotland Yard staff to be trained in psychological effects of rape posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion of a promise made by the head of Scotland Yard’s first dedicated rape intelligence unit that every woman reporting a rape will be interviewed by an officer trained in the psychological effects of the crime.

In Montana State Hospital Pays $375,000 Settlement to Rape Victim posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a case where a patient was raped by another patient who was a known sex offender.

media watch

In Media bias, media bias, media bias... posted at justice's posterous, we get a discussion of the trend in stories about men who commit domestic murder to find people who glorify the character of the murderer and who make something or someone other than the murderer responsible for his crime.

In On Short Skirts posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion on vulnerability to rape which is socially constructed and how for many people the solution to crimes enabled by this construct is to reinforce the false connection between miniskirts and automatic sexual availability.

In Average Joe Fails To See Rape Culture, Doesn't Like "Tone" of Women Who Do posted at Fannie's Room, we get a discussion of how often men who lecture women on their tone do not live up to the standards they demand of women while those men show their ignorance on the topic the women are discussing.

In Questioning Victims posted at Surplus Cats, we get a discussion about baseless skepticism contained in a review of a biography of Claudette Colvin (arrested for not giving up her seat before Rosa Parks arrest) posted on a site focusing on young adult literature.

In Raped and blamed posted at Skimming the surface, we get a discussion of a panel discussion on ITV's This Morning where 1 of the women panelists supported the idea that some women should expect to be raped.

In Consent is Sexy posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of sexual violence prevention campaigns which position ensuring consent as sexy and which make it clear that sex without consent is rape not sex.

In Find the funny in gang rape posted at Ludditejourno's Weblog, we get a discussion of a cartoon published in a Victoria University paper which depicts contraception as a woman successfully blocking attempted gang rape by the rugby team and how the cartoonist defends the cartoon as educational so that behavior will change: the behavior of students targeted for rape.

In "She Knew What Would Happen" Victim-Blaming at Princeton University posted at Choices Campus Blog, we get a response to the argument that a woman willingly consuming alcohol is "equivalent to agreeing to anything that might happen to her while in this state."

In My Thoughts On Oprah Show On Women Sex Offenders posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the episode about a man raped by his mother and by men who paid his mother to sexually abuse him.

In Yes, Abuse Is Your Business posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about comments by Ewan McGregor who worked on Roman Polanski's latest film when asked for his thoughts on the case against Polanski.

personal stories

In Acid Attacks and Real Nightmares posted at Cold SnapDragon, we get a discussion about the violence done to a young girl and other injustices done to her before she was brought to a hospital in Mumbai.

raising awareness

In Guilty Til Proven Innocent posted at Choices For Children, we get a discussion of the way those who report child sex abuse are treated and how even when victims are believed they are often asked to consider how reporting will harm their perpetrator.

In Child Sexual Abuse Victims At Higher Risk Of Fatal Self-Harm posted at Darkness2Light, we get a discussion of a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

In What we mean by "gendered violence" posted at Modus dopens, we get a discussion of an often misunderstood term which relates to the roots of that violence not who cannot be a victim or cannot be a perpetrator.

In "But why would a woman withdraw consent at the last minute?" posted at Me and My Army, we get a response to a question which is often asked with the assumption that there is no reasonable answer.

In When Rapists Graduate and Victims Drop Out posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, which shows many U.S. colleges fail to adhere to federal laws that dictate the school’s response after sexual assaults are reported on its campus.

In Thoughts On Why Women Hold Some Rape Victims Responsible posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss how lectures to girls and women on how they can prevent themselves from being raped contributes to a significant percentage of women viewing certain rape victims as responsible for their own rapes.

In Idiot's Guide to Blaming Rape Victims posted at Feminazery, we get a complete list of acceptable reasons for blaming rape victims which is as it should be has no entries.


In Stop the victim-blaming posted at Stop Street Harassment!, we get a discussion about how victim blaming supports the learned behavior which allows people to sexually harass or rape others.

In Why Men Are Sexist Towards Avatars in Tight Shirts posted at Selling Science, we get a discussion of research which looks at how people respond to an ethical dilemma based on the visual of the woman or avatar which presents them with that dilemma.

In Considering research results from a rape prevention program posted at CALCASA, we get a discussion of the process of comparing our assumptions about what will and will not work with the research so that we can make the best choices.

In Why legalizing prostitution wouldn't solve anything posted at skeptifem, we get a discussion about research including a study on human trafficking published by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.


In Victory! Choice hotels takes action to prevent child prostitution posted at End Human Trafficking, we get a discussion of the results of a letter writing campaign and discussions with a leading child protection organization.

take action

In Think Before You Speak! posted at After Silence, we get examples of how people who don't think of themselves as being hurtful can hurt rape survivors.

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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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:03 AM   1 comments links to this post


At March 11, 2010 7:56 PM, Blogger Prudence said...

Thanks Marcella, a wonderful collection as always.


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