Monday, March 15, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 90

Welcome to the March 15 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 All I needed to know he taught me when I was 5, You stole from me! and Her Voice is Never Heard posted at Saving Grace, we get 3 creative outlets for a survivor's pain.


In Women Calling from India: Demand Equality and Respect, not Conflict posted at Breaking News Online, we get a discussion about the important changes in women's status in India.


In Nevins-Saunders on Mental Retardation and Statutory Rape posted at CrimProf Blog, we get information about a paper which discusses how a defendant's mental capacity isn't considered in statutory rape laws.

In Rape conviction reversed over lack of evidence of victim's mental incapacity posted at New York Criminal Law and Procedure, we get a discussion of an appeals court ruling which overturned the conviction of a defendant with an IQ of 64. The ruling was that inability to give legal consent is more complex than just looking at the individual's mental capacity and needs to look at whether the context was exploitative.

In Rape victim jailed for making "false" allegations posted at The F-Word Blog, we get a discussion of a case where some believe a woman has been wrongfully convicted of perverting the course of justice when she reported having been raped.

In Focusing on Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: What Judges Can Do posted at Legal Momentum Briefing Room, we get a discussion about how judges can encourage law enforcement, prosecutors and victim's advocates to focus on rape committed by intimate partners.

In Finding Fault In The Binary Of Guilt posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a comment made by a man who declared that he would be unlikely to convict a man proven guilty of rape if that man's victim made choices which are often used to blame the victim for her own rape.

In Cambodian Police Often Require Bribes Before Investigating Rape Cases posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a shameful practice.

In Douglas McGregor, Nurse at Old Folks' Home, Claims Alleged Rape of Alzheimer's Patient an Accident posted at The Daily Weekly, we get a discussion of a case where an employee was caught exposing himself to a patient.

In Two dead teenagers leaves San Diego in mourning posted at For The Record, we get a discussion of the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois and another attack which was classified as a failed robbery attempt.

media watch

In Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making posted at Feminist Review, we get a review of a book by Corbin Lewars who repressed memories of being raped at age 12 until after she had a miscarriage.

In RCASA's Sunday Book Review: Slut! Growing up Female with a bad reputation. posted at Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault Blog, we get a discussion about a book by Leora Tanenbaum which highlights many reasons girls and women are labeled as sluts.

In Disturbing Rape Victim-Blaming Pamphlet Handed Out in Tennessee posted at Women's Rights, we get a discussion of a religious pamphlet given to a young woman working at a restaurant by one of her customers.

In Rape Victims "Asking For It?" and Youtube Inanity posted at Random Thoughts of a Crazy Liberal, we get a discussion about a video by an atheist who focused on a rape victim's choices and several of the video responses.

In Victim-Blaming in the Abstinence-Only Movement? posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of an implication by a supporter of abstinence only sex ed that sexual assault is a consequence of non-abstinence only sex education.

In British PSA about Dangers of Cabs Implies Rape (Trigger Warning) posted at Sociological Images, we get a discussion of an ad campaign asking people to never use private cabs that haven't been booked by phone.

In Today in Victim-Blaming: Religious Tracts in Virginia posted at Silence is Betrayal: A Feminist Blog, we get a discussion of the religious narrative which a victim-blaming tract taps into.

In Precious, my Precious: Black Female Citizenship, Complexity, and the Politics of Unrelenting Survival posted at WIMN's Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND…, we get a discussion about whether the movie Precious presents characters as caricatures or as complex characters.

raising awareness

In Rape in Fandom posted at Jim C. Hines, we get a discussion of a woman's warning to others about a man who raped her and a call for those who hear this woman's warning to stop and truly listen.

In Grossly inadequate efforts to 'Combat Sex Crimes on Campus' posted at Tufts University Survivors of Rape, we get a discussion about the difference between public statements about the handling of rape reports and the experience of a survivor.

In Consent negotiations posted at Modus dopens, we get a discussion about how gendered ideologies contribute to a model of relationships and consent based on pursuing and succumbing.

In When will we ever learn? Joy is not consent posted at If She Cry Out (Beta), we get a discussion about the flaw in setting sexual standards only by defining permissible and impermissible acts, rather than by defining permissible and impermissible ways of relating.

In Shaming the Survivor (Trigger Warning and Foul Language Warning) posted at Textual Fury, we get a discussion about various ways that survivors of sexual and domestic violence are shamed.

In "One-time bad decisions" that rapists keep on repeating posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion about the extreme contrast between popular beliefs about college students who rape and the research about this same group.

In Hiding in Plain Sight posted at Tiny Cat Pants, we get a discussion about letting go of the mistaken belief that most acquaintance rapes are based on just a profound not-getting-it on the part of the perpetrator.

In consent: only yes means yes. posted at Freedom Fighter, we get a discussion about how being subjected to sexual abuse and media messages can cause confusion about consent and how to get beyond this imposed confusion.

In Reporting Rape posted at Jim C. Hines, we get a discussion about the unhelpfulness of the common demand made by people who learn someone was raped that the rape must be reported.

In Deconstructing Rape Myths: On Short Skirts (On Lesbians) posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of the flaws in the main arguments for why women shouldn't wear short skirts if they don't want to be sexually assaulted.

In Teen Dating Violence More Prevalent Than Many Realize posted at Parenting Squad, we get a discussion about the pervasiveness of teen dating violence.


In Yoga Stretches Terrain for Sex-Trauma Therapy #rape posted at Young Feminists, we get a discussion of classes being taught in Rwanda.

In Archives posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a brief discussion about being able to look back at important turning points in the aftermath of rape.


In Rape Myths Lead to No Justice for Sexual Assault Victims on College Campuses posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the findings revealed in the second series of reports from the Center for Public Integrity.

take action

In 7 Simple Responses Which Help Support An Anti-Rape Culture posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I provide simple examples for how everyone can take small actions to counter harmful attitudes and statements related to sexual 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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