Revoke the invitation to Assange.
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Revoke the invitation to Assange.

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      CUSU Women's Campaign

The Cambridge Union Society seems to have respectable aims. They write that they are committed to using debate “to challenge the presumptions and prejudices of a wide range of ideas, opinions and beliefs” and “to making our society as inclusive as possible.” These commitments, however, do not reflect the speakers they have invited over the last two years.

They invited Julian Assange to speak in March 2011 just four months after he was placed under house arrest for sexual assault allegations.

The year after, in March 2012, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was invited despite being in ongoing legal proceedings for rape in the US.

Now we see Julian Assange, reinvited to the Union, scheduled to speak via video link on November 27th. This is despite his continued European Arrest Warrant and the subsequent fact that he is a fugitive from British Justice. He is shamefully seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in order to avoid facing two allegations of rape.

By inviting these two men at times when both were being investigated for allegations of rape, Cambridge Union Society is failing at challenging the presumptions and prejudices of our time and they are certainly failing at making our society as inclusive as possible. The reason we are particularly disappointed at the repeated invitations to accused rapists, is that we know that Cambridge Union Society are aware that rape and sexual assault are among the least well understood, treated and convicted crimes, in either law or public opinion. This is particularly true in Britain, which has the lowest rape conviction rate in Europe, at 6%.

The National Union of Students’ recent “No Platform for Rape Apologists” motion which passed on 26th September 2012 mandated that the NUS shall “not offer a platform to speakers who are rape deniers, and blame and undermine rape victims, nor shall it officially support any event that does.” The Cambridge Union Society’s invitation to Julian Assange after the NUS’s motion shows no awareness of how their repeated invitations to alleged rapists undermine the voices of rape survivors. Instead, by inviting him now, the Cambridge Union Society are riding on a tide of publicity created from the traumatic experiences of rape survivors to raise the profile of their own name.

The biggest problem in our eyes, however, is that by privileging Strauss-Kahn and Assange’s public personae, they are colluding in the horrific silence and shame around rape. By giving these men a platform at a time when both of their public images were at risk, the Cambridge Union Society allows these two men to share the privilege that a CUS platform holds. In doing this, they have enabled both figures to attempt to revamp their public personae and so aid in undermining the allegations made by survivors. They, like so much of society as we have seen in the recent disclosures regarding Jimmy Saville, ignore the simple fact that people who may be considered important in society are capable of rape and other crimes. If presented with rape allegations, they must face them like anybody else.

We ask you to support us in telling the Cambridge Union Society to revoke the invitation to Assange and, in doing so, to take the first steps to changing themselves from being an institution that colludes with societal trivialization of rape.

Please sign this petition and ask all your friends to as well. We really need national support to show the Cambridge Union Society that this invitation is a step too far.

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Revoke the invitation to Assange and, in doing so, take the first steps to changing yourselves from being an institution that colludes with societal trivialization of rape.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      About rape and Islam and Islamization > Muslim gang-rapes across Europe under-reported in press

      Muslim gang-rapes across Europe under-reported in press

      High profile-gang rapes in India have been in the headlines since December. The phenomenon is growing across Europe too, but tends to be under reported due to the high incidence of Muslim perpetrators which makes it politically incorrect to mention.

      In December 2011 a Swedish mother-of-two was subjected to a brutal gang-rape by 12 Afghan immigrants in a refugee camp in Mariannelund. Reports stated "The rape was oral, anal and vaginal sometimes with three rapists inside her at the same time while everybody was cheering and clapping. The gruesome rape marathon lasted for 7 hours. 11 suspect may have been involved taking turns while drinking and getting high on drugs. The asylum seekers were cheering and clapping their hands during the rape marathon while calling the victim "whore" and "slut"."

      According to Vimmerby Tidning "The woman went into shock while the rapes were still underway, and has since been in a heavily traumatised state. She is now subject to nightmares and panic attacks, and lives in a psychiatric clinic. She is bound to a wheelchair due to damages to her abdomen, and suffers from faecal incontinence."

      The main perpetrator Rafi Bahaduri, 25, had already committed four other rapes in Sweden. The case is not unique. There is a growing trend of gang-rapes perpetrated against white women by Muslim rapists.

      In the U.K. there has been a steady stream of cases where primarily under- privileged young English girls have been targeted, groomed and raped by gangs of what the British press euphemistically refers to as Asian men. However, the published names of the perpetrators are primarily of Pakistan and Afghanistan origin when the gang rapists appear in court. The Asian gangs do not contain rapists from China, Japan, and the Philippines.

      Cases have been reported in Rochdale, Rotherham, Derby, Bradford, Blackpool - the list goes on. An article regarding the phenomenon in Standpoint notes: "According to some of the mothers, a fear of being branded racist makes many of the police and social services reluctant to investigate the crimes as organised and connected. One mother from Rotherham, whose 14-year-old daughter was groomed into prostitution and multiply raped during a 12-month period, told me that almost every man convicted of these crimes in the north of England is from Pakistan but that the authorities insist that it is not relevant."

      More and more cases are reported across Europe. The following is just a very small sample (some figures indicate 5,000 gang-rapes occur in France alone each year.)

      In October 2011 a British woman was brutally gang-raped by five Afghan refugees in Banja Koviljaca, Serbia. According to the Austrian Times the men were living in a local refugee centre housing 2,500 illegal immigrants.

      In June 2011 a 14-year-old Norwegan girl, Eva Helgetun, committed suicide after being gang-raped by three teenage migrants.

      In January 2013 the Local reported a 22-year-old woman was gang-raped by five men in Stockholm, the first of three reported gang-rapes in the city this year. Eight Muslim male teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated rape in connection with the three incidents.

      In March 2013 a British tourist was gang-raped by three Arab men in a Spanish resort.

      The Archbishop of Cranmer's blog spot details a high-profile disturbing case in France where two teengage girls were the prolonged victims of constant gang-rapes by dozens of Muslim teenagers.

      Cranmer states that all the men involved that were eventually convicted were Muslims which leads him to question: "Why is the issue of gang-rape committed by young men identified as belonging to a particular minority background consistently suppressed? Are there reporting restrictions? Infringement of their human rights? A conspiracy of silence?"

      The silence across MSM in Europe regarding the growing number of gang-rapes against white women by Muslim men and grooming gangs is indeed deafening.

      Muslim Rape Epidemic in Sweden and Norway - Rapes and here: Rapes: Nothing to do with Islam?

      Numbers released in January 2005 indicate a sharp rise in the number of rape charges in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city:

      Thomas Anderberg, responsible for statistics at the Malmö Police, says there was a doubling of the number of reported rapes by ambush in 2004, following what was already a decade of steadily increasing numbers of sexual crimes. - I think that’s great news, says Anna Gustafsson, head of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Malmö Police. She suggests that the increase is due to the fact that women who otherwise wouldn’t press charges for rape now choose to contact the police.

      In other words, Gustafsson claims that we are dealing with a “technical” increase, not a real one. However, national statistics reveal that reported rapes against children have almost doubled in Sweden during the past ten years:

      According to Swedish Radio on Tuesday, statistics from Sweden’s National Council for Crime Prevention show that the number of reported rapes against children is on the rise. The figures have nearly doubled in the last ten years: 467 rapes against children under the age of 15 were reported in 2004 compared with 258 in 1995. Legal proceedings continue this week in a case involving a 13 year old girl from Motala who was said to have been subjected to a group rape by four men. (Note: These four men were Kurdish Muslims, who raped the girl for hours and even took photos of doing so)

      The number of rape charges per capita in Malmö is 5 – 6 times that of Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is a larger city, but the percentage of immigrants is much lower. And it’s not just the rape statistics that reveal a scary increase in Malmö or Sweden. Virtually every kind of violent crime is on the rise. Robberies have increased with 50 % in Malmö only during the fall of 2004. Threats against witnesses in Swedish court cases have quadrupled between 2000 and 2003. During the past few decades, massive immigration has changed the face of Sweden’s major cities, as well as challenged the viability of the welfare state. In 1970 Sweden had the fourth highest GDP per capita among developed countries with income about 6% above the OECD average. By 1997 it was at fifteenth place with an average GDP per capita 14% below average. Malmö has a heavy concentration of Muslim immigrants in particular. According to some estimates, it will be a Muslim majority city in no more then 10 years. Crime is rampant in the growing ghettos:

      Becirov runs the Islamic Center of Malmö, on the outskirts of Sweden's third-largest city. Some immigrant neighborhoods in the city have (official) unemployment rates exceeding 50 percent. Swedish authorities have failed to lift up the area, and seem to be giving the Islamic Center of Malmö a great deal of leeway in attempting to do so. An article that appeared in 2003 noted that "a few" of the 6-to 10-year-old girls were wearing headscarves. On a visit in January 2005, fully 80 percent were covered in class--only a handful were not. In a fit of absent-mindedness, Sweden has suddenly become as heavily populated by minorities as any country in Europe. The percentage of foreign-born is roughly equivalent to the highest percentage of immigrants the United States ever had in its history (on the eve of World War I). Rosengård appears to be all-immigrant. The public schools have virtually no ethnically Swedish children. There are stories--familiar in other parts of Europe where immigrants from the Muslim world have recently settled--of students harassing Jewish teachers and defacing textbooks that treat Jewish themes. Crime is high.

      Is it unfair and “racist” to suggest a link between the influx of Muslim immigrants and the growing number of rapes? Not if we compare with the situation in neighboring Denmark, where this trend has been evident for years:

      Criminologist: immigrants are rape champions

      If one leading expert is to be believed, the sharp rise in the number of rapes in this over the last 5 years is largely attributable to a group of unemployed and alienated immigrants. 'Over the last 5-10 years there has an increasing tendency to marginalise and alienate immigrants,' says Professor Flemming Balvig, a criminologist at Copenhagen University. 'As a result, many second generation immigrants have reacted against this through various types of criminal activity, including rape.'

      Muslim rape concern

      Alarmed at last week's police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever-growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls.

      As Robert Spencer has demonstrated, rape can indeed be linked to Islamic teachings of Jihad, and even to the example of Muhammad himself, his Sunna. Above all, it is connected to Islamic notions of the role of women in society, and their behaviour in the public sphere. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape." Apparently, he isn’t the only Muslim in Europe to think this way:

      The German journalist Udo Ulfkotte told in a recent interview that in Holland, you can now see examples of young, unveiled Moroccan women with a so-called "smiley". It means that the girl gets one side of her face cut up from mouth to ear, serving as a warning to other Muslim girls who should refuse to wear the veil. In the Muslim suburb of Courneuve, France, 77 per cent of the veiled women carry veils reportedly because of fear of being harassed or molested by Islamic moral patrols.

      Hijab, the Islamic veil, is thus not ”just a piece of cloth”. It serves as a demarcation line between proper, submissive Muslim women and whores, un-Islamic women who deserve no respect and are asking for rape. The veil should more properly be viewed as the uniform of a Totalitarian movement, and a signal to attack those outside the movement. Judged in the light of the Mufti who said that women who don’t wear it are asking for rape, how on earth can the veil be said to be about ”choice”? The freedom to choose not to be raped if you dress in a normal fashion in your own country? Is that what freedom is about in Europe in 2005?

      Even though Sweden, unlike Denmark, has almost no public debate about immigration, frustration is very much present underneath the surface. 75 % of Swedes think that many people in their country “dislike” Muslims, more than in any other European nation surveyed. Even in Holland, which recently witnessed violent clashes with Muslims after the murder of Islam-critic Theo van Gogh, the rate is lower than in Sweden. But you’re not supposed to talk about such issues in Sweden. That would be “racist”:

      Swedish laws prohibiting "hate speech" against racial minorities have been vigorously enforced. There have, for example, been a number of gang-rapes of Swedish women by Muslim immigrants. But Swedes must be careful what they say about them. On May 25, neo-Nazi Bjorn Bjorkqvist was convicted and sentenced to two months in prison for writing, "I don’t think I am alone in feeling sick when reading about how Swedish girls are raped by immigrant hordes." ["Jag tror inte jag är ensam om att må dåligt när jag läser om hur svenska tjejer har våldtagits av invandrarhorder"]

      All in all, we must say that there is strong circumstantial evidence indicating that the rise in rape charges in the city of Malmö could very well be real, which puts the Malmö Police assertion that this is “great news” in a rather curious light. And the problem is not just limited to Sweden. It exists in Norway, too:

      Rape charges in the capital are spiraling upwards, 40 percent higher from 1999 to 2000 and up 13 percent so far this year. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen of Oslo's Vice, Robbery and Violent crime division says the statistics are surprising - the rising number of rape cases and the link to ethnic background are both clear trends. But Larsen does not want to speculate on the reasons behind the worrying developments. While 65 percent of those charged with rape are classed as coming from a non-western background, this segment makes up only 14.3 percent of Oslo's population. Norwegian women were the victims in 80 percent of the cases, with 20 percent being women of foreign background.

      Europe: Tolerating Intolerance

      An incredibly revealing article that tells us all we need to know about the multiculturalist fetish in Europe and some parts of North America, not to mention the need for change within Islam. Apparently, the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported that 65 percent of rapes of Norwegian women were performed by "non-Western" immigrants – a category that, in Norway, consists mostly of Muslims. The article quoted a professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo (note: her name is Unni Wikan) as saying that "Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes" because Muslim men found their manner of dress provocative. The professor's conclusion was not that Muslim men living in the West needed to adjust to Western norms, but the exact opposite: "Norwegian women must realize that we live in a multicultural society and adapt themselves to it."

      In January 2005, Norwegian media reported that 2004 saw the highest number or rape charges ever recorded in the capital city of Oslo. Strangely enough, there was now no mentioning of how immigrants were grossly overrepresented in rape cases. Why not? Unless there has been a sudden and unexplained drop in the number of immigrants raping Norwegian women between 2001 and 2004, which is unlikely, the statistics should be at least as staggering in 2005 as they were before. If they are not revealed, it can only mean that “somebody” didn’t like the numbers presented in 2001, and decided to bury them. That “somebody” must be a person at the very top level in the police, maybe even in the government. If so, that is disquieting. What is even more disquieting is that the media are equally silent about this. How come no journalists are digging into the material? And where are all the professional Feminists, in a Scandinavian nation brimming with them?

      The conclusion one may draw from this is that the authorities in Sweden and Norway know about, or should know about, a disturbing amount of Muslim immigrant rapes of native Scandinavian women, yet choose not to make this information known to the public. Perhaps it would be just too politically incorrect to reveal the negative effects of decades of naïve immigration policies. Perhaps it would also destroy too many multicultural pipe dreams among the intellectual elites, who have built their current careers and reputations on advocating how culturally and economically enriching this new population mix would be. So in the end, the safety of young Scandinavian women is sacrificed in order to keep the glossy image of a multicultural society intact. It is a chilling demonstration of an Eurabian continent that now appears to care more about not upsetting relations with its immigrant population than about protecting its own citizens.

      Muslim Gang Rapes and the Left Blames Us

      The communist published the following, Australia: 20-year-old jailed for 55 years on gang rape charges.) They had this to say about the epidemic of Muslim gang rapes:

      On August 16, 2002,New South Wales Judge Michael Finnane sentenced a 20-year-old youth to a 55-year jail term with a 40-year non-parole period after he was found guilty of leading a series of gang rapes in Sydney...(this)...lifetime imprisonment follows the conviction and sentencing of two other young men-Belal Hajeid and Mahmoud Chami-for their part in the crimes. Hajeid is serving a 23-year sentence, with a 15-year non-parole period, and Chami, an 18-year term, with 10 years non-parole.

      A week after the 55-year jail term decision, a 19-year-old youth who also participated was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. Three other teenagers-18-year-old Mohamad Senussi, his 17-year-old brother Mahmoud Senussi and 18-year-old Tayyab Sheihk-were sentenced today to 21, 11 and 15 year jail terms respectively.

      The sexual assaults, which X is alleged to have organized, took place on three separate occasions in August 2000, just before the Sydney Olympic Games. The first occurred on August 10 when eight young men forced two teenage girls to repeatedly perform oral sex on them in a suburban park. The girls were threatened and bashed during the ordeal. Two days later a 16-year-old-girl was taken to a local park. Two cars arrived on the scene and she was forced to the ground, partially stripped and raped by two men. She was threatened and a gun held to her head to stop her struggling. She eventually escaped and was given sanctuary by a man from the local neighborhood.

      On August 30, another young girl was raped by a total of 14 men, including X. She was sexually assaulted by four youth in a public toilet, then passed over to a group of three who drove to another location where she was raped again. The girl was transported to an industrial estate and sexually assaulted by two other groups of youth, who then hosed down the distraught teenager in a final humiliation.

      Press reports of the trial allege that the men, who come from Lebanese immigrant families in Bankstown and Greenacre-working class suburbs in southwest Sydney-selected the girls because they were Australian. According to prosecution evidence, the young men called the girls "Aussie pigs" and subjected them to racist taunts during the rapes. Defence lawyers challenged these claims. While it is not possible to determine if the gang rapes were racially motivated, Judge Finnane likened the violent and sadistic assaults to those "usually seen in war zones". This comment, which contains more than a grain of truth, raises several crucial issues.

      The gang rapes certainly bore the hallmarks of crimes committed against civilians during military conflicts, death threats, beatings, the total degradation and dehumanisation of the victims. But this triggers the obvious question, why has such behaviour emerged in suburban Sydney. And if it was racially motivated, why?

      These socialists/liberals didn't blame the rapists, guess who they did blame?

      ...Crime is not treated as a social product of social existence, but is caused by evil individuals or "ethnic gangs". Every crime, especially those involving working class youth from immigrant backgrounds, is proclaimed a slur on the "Australian way of life" and used to further inflame racist sentiment, ratchet up a climate of fear and justify even harsher law-and-order measures. Anyone voicing concern about this primitive reaction or criticising its reactionary political agenda is attacked for giving succor to criminal elements.

      If this was a matter of poverty, why are poor whites not out gang raping Muslim women? The rest of their nonsense isn't worth my time. But they do admit they committed the crimes, but refuse to hold them accountable. It should be noted that Islam is not a race. Lebanese Christians in Australia have done so well the Premier of Victoria is a Lebanese Christian as is the Governor Of New South Wales. Muslims refuse to accept western culture and to assimilate, which is why they are a failure.

      Raping their own, the girl is blamed

      It really isn't fair to blame all Muslims. Their women are often victims more than white women are. In France from their self-imposed ghettos where they refuse to assimilate or accept French culture, the problem is even worse. Quoting The New French Revolution May 16, 2004 CBS (I edited out the political correctness):

      Samira the granddaughter of Algerian immigrants and she's written a book about surviving the hell of the Paris ghettos. "I was gang raped by three people I knew, and I couldn't say anything, because in my culture, your family is dishonored if you lose your virginity...So I kept quiet, and the rapes continued. The next time, I was pulled off a commuter train and no one lifted a finger to help me. Everybody turned their head away. They were all looking out the window." When Bellil's family discovered that she had been raped, they weren't sympathetic. They threw her out onto the streets. But she's since discovered that what happened to her was not the only case.

      "There was a trial in Lille where a 13-year-old girl was gang raped by 80 men. Sometimes, it's 80, or 50 or 10. It's absolutely terrible," says Bellil. "In the case of Argenteuil, it was horrible. A young woman was raped in a school. Of course, everybody knew, but they're so afraid of these young men that they prefer to close their eyes.

      That's the price of peace in the ghettos." When the verdicts came down in this case, the courthouse turned into a madhouse. Eighteen teenagers were convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl over a two-month period. But what really shocked France was how the mothers of those boys reacted. "You call this justice, seven years in prison for some oral sex," says one mother. "It's the girl who should be behind bars."

      As usual liberals blame conditions and not culture. The girls admitted it was their culture! To continue,

      What is it about the projects that is at the root of this violence? "I think it"s because of the tradition that make the boys think that the girls should be treated this way and not that way. It's not France the projects, the fundamentalist voices are growing stronger...Many of the mosques there are filled with fundamentalist preaching...this clash of cultures is threatening to divide France...

      It's also dividing many immigrant families, like that of a young woman we'll call Sonia. She doesn't want to be identified, because she's cut off all contact with her family. She was born in France, but her parents are from Tunisia. Sonia's father tried to send her to Tunisia for an arranged marriage, after he found out that her boss had raped her. In her father's eyes, Sonia had dishonored her whole family. "My father told me it was my fault, that what happened to me," says Sonia. "I provoked him to do what he did to me. I couldn't change his mind." At least 70,000 young women have come under pressure to accept arranged marriages...

      More horror:

      ...nothing prepared France for what happened to a 17-year-old French Muslim girl named Sohane Benziane. Her case really woke up the country to the nightmare that has been festering so long in these projects. Sohane was burned alive in the basement of an apartment complex by a gang leader who had told her that he didn't want to see her on his turf...And just in case there was any doubt about where loyalties lie in these projects, when the young man accused of killing Sohane returned with police to show how he had doused her with gasoline, the highrise he had controlled broke out in cries of support. That just infuriated Samira Bellil enough to help lead a national movement against this violence. "Before, they would rape us. Now, they're burning us alive...Bellil is in the forefront of that fight, leading demonstrations and lobbying to set up shelters to help protect these women...

      All of this is blamed again on not enough welfare, handouts and understanding for people that commit these crimes. There should be no toleration of a culture that cheers the burning alive of a young women or blames a rape victim Muslim or non-Muslim.

    • Victoria Colewood LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why shouldn't he face trial and not be protected by this media campaign to clear his name without hearing all the evidence, it seems strange that many victims of rape, beatings and genuine human rights abuses re not given the celebrity vocalisation that Julian has?

      Whilst 'corrective' rape and stoneings are rife in some countries the victims are treat with disregard and no inkling that their natural rights should be given credence?

    • Clare Cochrane OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because to invite Mr. Assange to speak at the Cambridge Union is to agree that allegations of rape are not that big a deal and don't need to be taken seriously. That is rape culture. And rape culture makes rape possible. Also, he's a hypocrite in asking for justice for himself but refusing to submit to justice or recognise the just claims for due process of those alleging a crime against them.

    • mary eng PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      to make amends, school should host a rape survivor's conference on rape triggers and difficulties in rape prosecutions. school should commit funding to programs geared to achieve complete eradication of rapes on campus.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Assange should not be given a platform to speak until he faces the accusations levelled against him. Cambridge Union state that they are encouraging free speech in allowing Assange to be questioned, but he will not be allowed to answer questions about this case, making their defence disingenuous at best. If the Cambridge Union truly wants to give a public platform to individuals whose voices need to be heard, I suggest an event inviting rape survivors to speak about their experiences might be more appropriate than the invitation to Assange.


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