• Tue, Dec 7 2010

Should Condomless Sex Be a Crime?

Julian Assange, the founder of controversial website Wikileaks, is currently wanted on rape charges in his native Sweden. However, Assange isn’t being accused of having nonconsensual sex – rather, his crime is having consensual sex with a woman without a condom, which is illegal in Sweden. What do you think?

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  • Eileen

    How are Swedish babies ever born, then?

  • bodo

    He was having unprotected sex against her will, while she would have consented to sex with a condom only. Therefore the rape charge.

    What you wrote – his crime is having consensual sex with a woman without a condom, which is illegal in Sweden – is simply not true, if I’m not grossly misinformed by the newspapers I read.

  • Lindsay Cross

    I think the whole situation has been difficult to get accurate facts on. Lots of papers seem to be reporting it differently or reporting different parts. So it’s not easy for anyone.

    From what I’ve read, there are 2 separate charges. In one of them, the condom broke. The woman told Assange to stop and he wouldn’t. This, to me, is definitely rape. If she vocally told him to stop and he refused to, then he’s having sex with her against her will. (This is assuming that what I read was correct.)

    In the other case, I guess he agreed to wear a condom, but didn’t. And apparently, she didn’t notice? Which honestly, I’m confused how that happened. So I’m just going to say, I don’t know.

  • Somnilee

    Surely, if that actually is the law, it’s the kind of crime that would never go punished unless in extreme cases?
    I mean, if I have consensual, condomless sex, I’m not going to run down to the police station and get myself/my partner arrested for it.

  • MNiM

    That is not what he is accused of.

    I quote from the article in The Guardian:

    Gemma Lindfield, representing the Swedish authorities, told the court he was wanted in connection with four allegations.

    The first complainant, a Miss A, said she was the victim of “unlawful coercion” on the night of 14 August in Stockholm. The court heard Assange was alleged to have “forcefully” held her arms and used his bodyweight to hold her down. The second charge alleged he “sexually molested” her by having sex without using a condom, when it was her “express wish” that one should be used.

    A third charge claimed Assange “deliberately molested” Miss A on 18 August.

    A fourth charge, relating to a Miss W, alleged that on 17 August, he “improperly exploited” the fact she was asleep to have sex with her without a condom.

    C&P from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/07/assange-bail-request-refused-wikileaks

  • Michael

    This is garbage. The Swedes are simply using any pretext they can to hold him until the U.S. can extradite him and probably torture him (yes, we STILL DO that) to find out the source of his information.

    The “sex without a condom” , and “coercion” charges are complete and total fabrications, and the Swedes should be truly embarrassed to be charging him with “offenses” that do not even exist in Swedish law. Unless of course the U.S. got them to recently change it.

    How long will it be before “looking at a woman with lust ” is a crime ?

  • vinland

    The most ridiculous thing I ever heard…
    Try to impregnant a woman with a non broken condom…
    at that rate they would disappear of the map after 2 or 3 generation.
    Well if they are stupid enough to really have these better they do…

  • Brytanie

    I f you are asked to use a condom put it on… Geesh no one can be trusted and AIDS is a real thing yes we are having sex but I dont know where are you had that thing before you got to me…. An what if I do end up pregnant or contract something from you? You should be punished for disrespecting my wishes as well as my body….