Mr. Strauss-Kahn became a free man yesterday when all sexual assault charges against him were dropped. We will never know what really happened, but as I said from the beginning, I don’t think he raped anyone. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a pig and a pervert to be sure, but he is not a rapist, even though he will now always be thought of as one.
The judge ruled that although there was proof of a sexual encounter between DSK and his accuser, she was not credible, and there was no proof the sex was forced and not consensual. She has made false rape accusations in the past, which coupled with her ever-changing story about what happened with Strauss-Kahn, was enough to throw the case out.
After leaving the courthouse, DSK released the following statement: “I want to thank all the friends in France and in the United States who have believed in my innocence, and to the thousands of people who sent us their support personally and in writing. I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me. We will have nothing further to say about this matter and we look forward to returning to our home and resuming something of a more normal life.”
DSK was charged with a criminal sex act, attempted rape and sexual abuse. Would this case have been different had the word “rape” not been used? He did not rape her. There are many types of sexual assault and while I believe an assault did occur, rape is specific, and that the accuser’s legal council opted to use the word is surprising to me. They knew they were dealing a powerful man, and a woman with a history of lying, yet they stilled pulled the rape card. Bad choice if you ask me.
It is a sad fact that rape is a hard thing to prove, and that this case was handled this way is upsetting. I have strong views about rape and how it is both perceived and prosecuted. I was the victim of a violent crime 22 years ago and spent 2 years dealing with the medical and legal aftermath of my attack. I spent a great deal of time in the hospital, and in court, forced to defend myself, and I am offended when the word rape is not respected.
My attacker was convicted of rape, kidnapping, and forcible confinement. He was sent to prison, and not a day goes by that I am not proud of myself for fighting the good fight and not caving to the bullying, belittling, and embarrassment that comes with a trial. There was no grey area in my case and to be honest, I don’t think there is ever a grey area when it comes to rape. A sexual assault can be as violent and damaging as a rape, so use the word properly and perhaps more attackers will be convicted of assault.
I believe Dominique Straus-Kahn is a pig and a pervert. He is a powerful man who got away with a crime. Of that I am certain, just as I am certain he did not rape anyone. To the brave woman who came forward, I am sorry this ended as it did, and I hope you will be okay. To DSK, go home, keep it in your pants, and be careful because your luck will run out eventually.
To anyone who has been assaulted and not sure what to do, get help, take care of yourself, and go to the authorities. It is up to us as women to protect each other, and if a man assaults you, chances are he will assault someone else. My attacker raped 4 women before me, and nobody pressed charges. Be strong, believe in yourself, and know that you are worthy of justice. Know that. Know it, believe it, and keep the faith.
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