Thursday, April 01, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 91

Welcome to the April 1 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

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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.

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

creative expression

In untitled posted at A Different Voice, we get a piece of art which reflects the feelings of many survivors.


In 'Retract your statement or I'll rape you again' posted at Clerical Whispers, we get a look at how a violent priest can scare a victim into recanting and how what people then label as a malicious allegation can be true.

In A Stern Reiteration posted at PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer, we get a discussion of an issue not addressed in the report on the handling of sexual assault cases in England and Wales by Baroness Stern and that is the cynicism directed at rape victims.

In Major Victory Against Rape Apologist Hate Speech in South Africa posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of a ruling which declared that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was guilty of hate speech in his comments to a group of 150 University students last May on why South African President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser must have enjoyed having sex with him.

In Clinic Students at Columbia Law School Write Domestic Violence Training Manual posted at Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, we get a discussion of a document which frames and reinforces an international human rights approach to domestic violence/gender-based violence advocacy and underscores the growing interest among domestic violence lawyers and advocates in international human rights law strategies to address client needs.

In Crimes Against Women posted at Speak Without Interruption, we get a discussion about the contrast between reports of rape in Harlem and the official police statistics for rape in that same location.

In More On The Under-Reporting Of Rape posted at The Crime Analyst's Blog, we get a response to how rape cases are handled including where a judge in juvenile court ordered rape victims to take polygraph exams.

In Accused SAPD officer received previous complaints from TCRP posted at Texas Civil Rights Project, we get a discussion of the San Antonio police dept's handling of misconduct complaints against an officer now accused of rape.

In Speaking Out Against Rape posted at THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY, we get a discussion about a rape case in Greece where the victims don't speak the native language.

In What Is Affirmative Consent? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a concept which too many people claim makes most consensual sex illegal and which they claim is a tool of oppression.

media watch

In New Men Can Stop Rape posters and military sexual trauma posted at Men's Anti-Violence Council's Blog, we get information about rape prevention posters which tap into the best attributes of what it means to be a soldier to get soldiers invested in prevention.

In Arsevertising: Calvin Klein Rape Culture posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion of a campaign where talk which typifies sexual harassment is used to sell men's underwear.

In “Get a gun?” Get a clue. posted at The Pursuit of Harpyness, we get a discussion of the common response to a story where a woman was brutally attacked is for women to be ordered to get a gun.

In Debating Campus Sexual Assault Policies … How to Do It, and How Not To posted at Student Activism, we get an analysis of a reaction to Jaclyn Friedman's op-ed in the Washington Post on colleges' judicial processes related to sexual violence.

In Dear Ladies: Please Stop Making People Rape You. posted at ooh la la, lindsey, we get a discussion of how the Orlando Sentinal covers rape.

In It’s Not Sex, It’s Rape: Prostituting-A-Disabled-Child Edition posted at Hoyden About Town, we get a discussion about how terminology undermines the reality of what someone has done to a child.

In On Bravery posted at Amplify Yes Means Yes, we get a discussion about how praise for someone who speaks out can unintentionally reinforce the fear people have of speaking out.

personal stories

In Sometimes... posted at Getting Somewhere, we get a discussion of overhearing 2 young men as they looked at a picture of a hot girl and talking about whether they would rape her.

raising awareness

In In which I encounter the rape culture (Not for the first time) posted at Practicing Empathy, we get a description of visiting college as an alumni and returning to a partner's fraternity only to hear very disturbing discussions by current fraternity members about women they know.

In Not In Our Community posted at (Wo)Men Speak Out's Blog, we get a discussion about the common response when someone brings up the issue of abuse and the defensive attacks which can come from that denial.

In Sexual Assault Prevention in the Corps - Are We Doing Enough? posted at Midwest Marines, we get a discussion about what the Marines are doing to prevent sexual violence and what they can do better.

In Inevitability of Rape? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I respond to a series of YouTube videos where a man claims that a woman's lifestyle made her rape inevitable.

In Why Words Matter: Victim-Blaming and Gender Inequality posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion about how statements which support inequality can in very different ways undermine the initiative of those viewed negatively.

In The Problem with The Notion of the "Decent Guy" posted at Hysteria!, we get a discussion of the concept that boys and men who defend dangerous rape myths are "decent guys" themselves as long as they themselves haven't committed rape.

In Predator Theory posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion of research which shows that serial rapists operate with identifiable patterns that can be witnessed and interrupted. and that the patterns exploit misogyny, victim-blaming, and misperceptions about what abuse is and whether or not it’s will be treated as a crime.


In Self-Hate is Hard to Kill posted at rmott62, we get a discussion of the impact left from years of abuse.


In Losing the "gender" in gender-based violence posted at CALCASA, we get a discussion about how erasing gender from discussions of domestic violence helps to promote the idea that this violence is reciprocal when it is not and how this false equality is supported by some measurements of violence which ignore context and measure self-defense as equal to an initial attack.

In Cat-Calling, ?Bystander Sexism,? and How Sexual Harassment Hurts Men posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of the results of a study from University of Connecticut researchers Stephenie Chaudoir and Diane Quinn.

In On Prison Rape and Complacency posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion sparked by an article in the NY Review of Books by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow about the enormous problem of prison rape in the U.S. and how to adequately address it.

In Abusive Men Overestimate the Rate at Which Other Men Abuse posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of research which found that abusive men believed a higher percentage of men committed abuse than non-abusive men.


In Risk Reduction Doesn't Work posted at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center barcc blog, we get a discussion about why solutions which only change the behavior of potential victims don't reduce the amount of violence committed.

In Confirmation Received from Director Williams posted at First Response Action, we get a discussion of efforts to reduce sexual violence against Peace Corp workers.

take action

In DEADLINE EXTENSION/ UPDATED CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS posted at Survivor World, we get information about an open call for submissions through May 1, 2010.

In Sexual assault, triggers, and the problem of male privilege in activism posted at Female Impersonator, we get a discussion of a man who doesn't understand the effects of sexual violence enough to understand that survivors can be triggered by certain ways of discussing sexual violence and the difficulty of getting someone to recognize that meaning well isn't enough.

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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