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Julian Assange is the founder and main figure behind Wikileaks. In December 2010, he was arrested for Sexual assault. The resulting discussion over it demonstrated Rape culture in the geek community.

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Assange was charged with sexual assault under Swedish law, for multiple acts, one of which was having sex without a condom with a woman who did not consent to unprotected sex. However, most subsequent comment (especially from those supporting him) focused only on the one act (the sex without a condom one), ignoring the other sexual assaults in order to minimise the overall seriousness of the crime.

In the geek community, many/most people admire Wikileaks, and some saw Assange's arrest as an attack on free speech. The same was true of many politically progressive commentators. Notably, Michael Moore supported Assange and dismissed the seriousness of the sexual assault. This led to feminist blogger Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown launching a campaign against Moore to get him to retract and apologise for his statements, with the tag #MooreAndMe.


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