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The dark side of open source conferences

The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 2, 2010 10:32 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
In reply to: The dark side of open source conferences by nix
Parent article: The dark side of open source conferences

If you asked a woman not to bring along random men she picked up on the street, that would be insulting.


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The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 3, 2010 4:31 UTC (Fri) by njs (guest, #40338) [Link]

So that makes the comments that were made okay, then, or...?

The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 3, 2010 23:56 UTC (Fri) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953) [Link]

The comments were inappropriate.

The statement should have been this is a technical conference family and friends are not to be brought along and that sexual harassment is not to be tolerated.

I'm astounded that any woman would tolerate some of this without a call to the police. I would think in this day and age if someone walked up and stuck their hand down your pants they should expect the police to be called and to be arrested for sexual assault. I understand there is a desire not to create waves, fit in and such, but sexual assault should never ever be tolerated in any respect. Sexual harassment is bad enough but why on earth weren't the police called when the assault happened?

The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 6, 2010 22:06 UTC (Mon) by maco (guest, #53641) [Link]

They weren't called because she was perfectly capable of walking to the police station--and did so.

The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 7, 2010 9:40 UTC (Tue) by Auders (guest, #53318) [Link]

> Sexual harassment is bad enough but why on earth weren't the police called when the assault happened?

This is beside the point. Whether or not the man was charged, people need to be aware that things like this do happen, and that measures should be taken by the organizers to avoid them (besides bringing in the police).


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