I read some of the accounts and feel that there is a different issue that is not being discussed: The community that allowed this all to happen right in front of their own eyes.
Just now they disavow the abuser and tell the victims to go to the police. But the justice system is not really any help in most abuse cases. First of all nothing criminal happened in many of the stories. Yet the actions taken by Mr. Applebaum, while not criminal, where despicable none the less. And he did so in front of numerous witnesses. By not speaking up and putting an end to them they condoned his actions and encouraged this behaviour. People at the Tor project admit they knew what was going on. Applebaum may have created the toxic environment in the first place, but the people that didn't put an end to it or even helped him bully the victims into silence abetted him.
The community is to blame for this at least in part.
Even sexual abuse cases are complicated, because they often happen within an existing relationship with existing trust and power structures. A lot of abuse is not black and white, but in a grey area, when it comes to the criminal assessment. Just because someone is a severe asshole in a relationship and abuses their partner doesn't mean a crime happened.
There is currently a criminal case in the news about a rape that happened on the campus of Standford university. Two witnesses came upon a scene where a person was raping an unconscious body. Even though this seems to be a clear cut case, the victim still had to answer to questions regarding her sex life and endure a lengthy trial. Even though she wasn't conscious during the crime so couldn't answer any questions about it. Imagine how complicated cases are where the victim was conscious. I don't even know how I would or could design a trial or justice system that does a better job. In the end, most sexual abuse cases are about the question which side tells the more believable story. Which is far from perfect.
The fact that the communities around Applebaum (Tor was not his only project, he was part of the CCC, cDc and possibly more) simply sit back and tell the victims to go to the police instead of opening investigations about the issue is deeply troubling.
Any project that Applebaum was part of and does not at least issue apologies for allowing this to go on and taking steps to prevent similar events in the future are highly suspicious.
How many more Applebaums are out there, working inside Tor, inside the Chaos Computer Club, inside the Cult of the Dead Cow and abuse helpless victims?