Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The case Assange opens a debate in Sweden about sex and rape

STOCKHOLM - The case of the founder of Wikileaks Assange Julian, accused of rape in Sweden and the UK court is reviewing a request for extradition, has opened a debate in the Nordic country on sexuality and the "gray areas" of rape.
The charges against Mr. Assange caused in the world and from the defense of the Australian 39 years of harsh criticism of the Swedish legislation.
It has been said privately that the accusations were politically motivated - it would discredit the site which published the last few months thousands of confidential documents involving the embarrassment of many governments - and that "what is considered rape in Sweden is not in the other country. "
But in Sweden, public opinion now seems rather give more sympathy and credit to the two women behind the litigation.
"The scale, which for some cultural personalities, were in favor of the innocence of Mr. Assange and suspicion toward his accusers, has now clearly changed sides," Hanna said Tuesday Kjöller columnist in the daily Dagens Reference Nyheter (DN).
She said the shift of opinion is due to the recent publication on the internet police reporting "significantly clarify the picture," give "evidence on the testimony of women alone and let Mr. Assange with his version."
To the editor of the website Nyheter 24, Aaron Israelson, the investigative documents reveal the facts in a light and often very raw show "how the case is in a gray area."
One of the minutes of interrogation described how Mr. Assange has benefited from the sleep of one of her friends to start a new sex, unprotected and this time it has come to accept war weary.
"The two women who complained to the police to charge Mr. Assange, have not considered a threat (...) but on the other hand, they were offended and felt it had not respected their integrity, "said Mr. Israelson for AFP.
Civil society has seized the issue after the journalist and writer Johanna Koljonen described a personal experience on Twitter and started a similar forum under the tag # prataomdet (# parlonsen) devoted to the "shadows of rooms Sleeps. "
"It hit me: there is a structural problem in the law on rape. We should talk," she recalls having twittered shortly after the arrest of Mr. Assange in December in Britain .
Hundreds of people have shared on the site their own negative experience, before the mainstream media and internet does take hold in turn the subject.
Result, a door was opened for discussion on sex, "the freelance journalist Rebecka Aahlund and the case turns to the debate of ideas within the Swedish population on the elements of sexual assault and rape.
Regardless of the affair and its eventual Assange guilt, "# prataomdet sounded like an awakening," said Ms. Aahlund AFP.
For her, "sexual assault perpetrated the most common among people who know (...) and open a dialogue on the subject is really important."

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