Actually, this feminist leftie for one thinks that false sexual assault allegations are one of the most disgusting things a person can do.
Not only because it is wrong to accuse someone of a crime they didn’t commit for the sake of vengeance, but because it plays into a broader narrative that crying “rape” when they’re pissed off is just something that women “do”.
And thus makes things a whole lot harder for the majority of people who are telling the truth, or who don’t report what happened to them because they’re afraid no one will believe them.
And while I have you - and while we’re talking about this topic - can I urge you to make the best of what is an utterly terrible situation, and get involved with Sady Doyle’s awesome #Mooreandme campaign? Whether Assange is guilty or not, you can show sexual assault survivors that they matter to you by donating to an organisation that aids and supports them.
Elsewhere: Talking about Julian Assange has become utterly terrible (Jezebel)
#Mooreandme: What matters (Tiger Beatdown)
I am SO SICK today of people who can’t see that
1) Wikileaks is important and does good work
2) Julian Assange may be a rapist
3) The pursuit by the authorities for the rape charges may be motivated as much by Wikileaks as by a desire to see justice done
are not in any way contradictory positions and could all be simultaneously true.