Assange talk is ‘an insult to rape victims’

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A women’s group says a planned speech by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Cambridge University is an “insult to survivors of rape”.

Mr Assange will speak on a topic yet to be revealed followed by a question-and-answer session at the Cambridge Union Society (CUS) debating platform on November 27. He will appear over videolink from the Ecuadorian embassy where he is seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Yesterday the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) Women’s Campaign launched a petition and said it would oppose the visit.

It follows a previous appearance by Mr Assange last year and an appearance in March by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was last year accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid in a case which was later dropped.