British students want Strauss-Kahn speech canceled

By REUTERS
February 25, 2012 07:49

 
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LONDON - Students at Britain's Cambridge University are circulating a petition against a planned speech there by former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose career and French presidential ambitions were derailed by a sex assault case last May.

A women's group at the university sent an open letter to the Cambridge Union Society, which has invited Strauss-Kahn to speak on March 9, asking the invitation be revoked given an ongoing civil case against the former French finance minister.

"To choose to give this man an opportunity to speak trivializes the experiences of women who bravely come forward and report rape and sexual assault, and reinforces the institutional sexism that faces women who do so," said Ruth Graham, a spokeswoman for the Cambridge University Students' Union Women's Campaign.

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