Sunday, August 01, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 97

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

Quick FYI for those unfamiliar with blog carnivals and who wonder about this terminology, the term refers to collections of related blog posts. Check out for more information.

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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.

If you support the purpose of the carnival, you can help get the word out about it and all of the posts included in the carnival.

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


In More to Say About UN Women posted at myMADRE, we get a discussion of how previously disjointed and ill-funded UN groups working on women's rights were combined into a single, more effective agency.


In Experts Believe Arizona Immigration Law Will Harm Domestic Abuse Victims posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of how a law requiring the police to verify immigration status will help those committing abuse.

In Blaming the victim posted at Media Misses, we get a discussion of an Iowa case where a woman who was the victim of domestic violence was wrongfully placed on a child abuser list for the impact her husband's crime against her has on their children.

In False Rape Reports posted at Jim C. Hines, we get a discussion about false rape reports including how often an allegation or second-hand story is accepted as fact with little or no evidence.

In South African Sea Cadet Found Dead Hours After Rape Allegations Were Filed posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a woman who died after disclosing rape.

In Technology used by girl to seek helpposted at Abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a case where technology helped a girl reach out for help.

media watch

In Sin by Silence – a documentary on domestic violence posted at CALCASA, we get an interview with 2 women behind this documentary.

In Where sexual violence prevention starts. posted at Happy Bodies, we get a discussion sparked by the premise that a female condom being marketed in South Africa is rape prevention.

In Today in Rape Culture posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of victim blaming comments made to Larry King by Lynette Taylor (the wife of NFL Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor—who was indicted last month).

In Michael Kimmel on male entitlement, anger and invisible privilege posted at Feministing, we get a discussion of the author of the book, Guyland, about the pressures placed on young men to prove their masculinity.

raising awareness

In On Dismissing Sexual Violence Against Some Women As “Cultural” posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of how the high rate of rape in the Congo is often dismissed as the norm by those working to improve the security there.

In So, I’m pretty? That doesn’t oblige me to sleep with you. posted at thatfuckinghippy, we get a discussion of sexual harassment which is justified by the prettiness of the person being harassed.

In why even street sexual harassment is hard to get over posted at Iced Tea and Lemon Cake, we get a discussion about the impact of behavior which many people dismiss as harmless.

In Ms. Foundation Report on Gender-Based Violence posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of the report titled, “Efforts to Address Gender-Based Violence: A Look at Foundation Funding.”

In Raped By Dad? Just Turn Lemons Into Lemonade posted at Women's Rights, we get a discussion about the dismissive response to girls become pregnant from rape.

In Protect yourself? posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of the danger of telling girls and women to protect themselves from rape which includes positioning rape as being caused by the actions of victims.


In New Study Challenges Stereotypes of Adolescent Sex Offendersposted at Abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss research which contradicts the belief that rape by adolescents is caused by poor communication or social skills.


In RCASA's Saturday Prevention: Reaching Rural Communities posted at Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault Blog, we get a discussion of the challenges which are unique to providing help to people who live in rural communities.

In Scotland Anti-Rape Ad Tackles “She Was Asking For It” Myth posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of the "Not Ever" campaign which challenges the too common belief that people can ask to be raped.

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 August 02, 2010 1:35 PM, Anonymous Amelia jane said...

Thanks for finding my article worthy enough to post! It seems to be striking a chord with people sent here by you. Could I ask how you found me?

At August 02, 2010 1:48 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Amelia Jane, I'm not sure how I found that post, but once I did I knew it belonged in the carnival.


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