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Can we have an honest discussion about Assange?

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Destro8/17/2012 6:18:23 am PDT

re: #10 Flavia

I am uncomfortable with rape being called merely “surprise sex”. EXCUSE ME?? (that last bit is actually directed at the Swedes, not you, because that’s one of the charges listed. WHAT?)

However, when a person says “I want you to wear a condom,” how can anyone interpret that as to mean anything but “I do not want to have sex with you if you don’t”? How can anyone interpret that as permission to have sex anyway?

(Are you sure you just want to go with a mere “ungentlemanly” when the consequences of unprotected sex can be dangerous, or life altering??)

She was sleeping and he initiated the sex or so she claims. Because Americans have a different criminal statue the Swedish law regarding this has no direct correlation with American criminal statues.

The Slate article below states incorrectly that Assange was “charged” but the rest of the article tries to explain what the Swedish law is all about.

slate.com

Is “Sex by Surprise” Illegal in the United States?

How would the alleged Swedish sex crimes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fare in an American court?

These charges allegedly stem from consensual sexual encounters with two separate women that became nonconsensual at some point during the act.

Assange might be in the clear if his alleged activities took place in the United States (and if no violence was involved). But in some states, lack of consent can by itself serve as the basis for a rape charge. The exact circumstances under which a woman might revoke her consent varies: In Illinois, for example, it is considered rape if a woman says “no” at any time during sex and her partner does not stop. Other states are vague on the question of whether someone can change her mind after penetration has occurred. And some courts have been very clear that consent is locked in once intercourse has begun.