Swedish Feminists Defend Assange's Accusers with Twitter Campaign

As the international firestorm rages on around Julian Assange, many people both conservative and progressive seem to be dismissing -- even demonizing -- the two women who accused him of rape. While the timing of his arrest is suspicious -- the charges were brought way back in summertime -- the accusations are also incredibly serious, and they're not being treated with proper gravity. In an effort to change this, though, Swedish feminists have started a Twitter campaign in defense of the accuser, who's being attacked as though she's the person who's allegedly committed a crime. Using the hashtag #prataomdet, which translates to #talkaboutit, people all over the world are tweeting revealing personal stories of rape and molestation, from the perspective of both victim and aggressor. Via Jessica Valenti's blog:

In the wake of the doubt and skepticism directed toward the women who filed charges against Julian Assange, journalist Johanna Koljonen recently tweeted openly and intimately about drawing lines, gray areas, and crystal clear violations in sexual situations. Hundreds followed Koljonen’s example on Twitter under the hashtag #prataomdet (”#talkaboutit”). As a result of this debate, several Swedish magazines, newspapers and other media outlets are publishing pieces on the subject. Something is going to change. We are going to dare to #talkaboutit.

The stories that have emerged in just a few days are incredibly powerful, and encompass everything from violent encounters to date rape. To read them, visit the blog or do a Twitter search for the hashtags #prataomdet and #talkaboutit.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 18, 2010, 8:35am

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