Julian Assange has released a photo he hopes is going to clear him of charges of sexual assaults coming from Sweden. Unfortunately for him, the whole case has gone far beyond whether he raped a woman, and it’s be to our detriment if we forget it.men accused of rape would retain their anonymity until or unless they were found guilty. In response, former Minister for Women and Equality Harriet Harman (right) immediately stated that the Coalition’s first act was to protect rapists. Jemima Khan and Michael Moore put up £240,000 bail, now at risk because in taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy Assange has left British soil.
The accuser is smiling in the photo, taken days after the alleged assault. This may mean nothing untoward happened. But as a drugs worker and (latterly) domestic violence liaison, I saw many women hanging smiling from the arm of their abusers, because the alternative would bring an all too predictable outcome.
The silence of the Left gives a deafening message: a woman’s allegation of rape won’t be taken seriously if the man she accuses is somebody they approve of. Leftist misappropriation of the feminist cause is laid bare, and shows that when women won the right to put a cross in a box every few years their drive for equality barely moved ahead inches.