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A sad day for all victims

It's not all about Dominique Strauss-Khan, it's about attitudes. As I've said repeatedly, only two people know what happened that day.

Whatever happened, whatever the conclusion, people have to live with their conscience. Yep, I know, I'm probably old-fashioned, I don't care. Sooner or later, this little detail will catch up with you. People have to live with what they've done.

The fact is victims do sometimes lie, for whatever reason. They might be scared, they worry what people will think, they wait to report a case...

There are good reasons for people to lie, bad ones too.

Most abused children will lie, because they're too scared, because they have nobody to turn to.

When people lie, they get discredited, but sometimes you need to dig a little deeper.

I'm so sick of this case, I hope the truth will prevail. I hope it will change attitudes.

I'm troubled to hear some of the medical evidence. How does one suffer injuries like these if it was consensual. Why would a person like DSK expose himself in such a way? His attitude towards women is questionable to say the least, a  convenient encounter?

It leaves me feel very sad. It also opens the door to more discrimination. How sad for victims to have to suffer doubts and invasive procedures and enquiries when they've already suffered so much!

I wish dignity could be restored, sadly we're very far off.

 

P.S. Lying about circumstances is one thing. Crying rape is another, which I certainly do not condone. I cannot imagine or comprehend how anybody could do that.

Update

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces new legal action - Europe, World - The Independent

http://ht.ly/5wmWP

A French novelist who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape is pressing ahead with legal action against him..

 

Tristane Banon's lawyer David Koubbi said he will file the papers in Paris tomorrow.

Ms Banon has described an encounter several years ago in which Strauss-Kahn allegedly assaulted her.

 

Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York in May on charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, who denied wrongdoing, was released without bail last week after questions emerged about the maid's credibility.

 

Mr Koubbi had said that they would not start legal action until the American trial was finished. He said today that they had decided to move forward now instead of waiting

Comment:

There is videotaped recount of the assault dating from a few years ago. It's worth noting that her mother, who is a politician urged her at the time not to press charges...

Elle · 2305 days ago
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  •  Elle: 
     
    Indeed, and what a great disservice to other women.
     
     2300 days ago 
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  •  doreenb8: 
     
    It is rare that a woman would put herself through the trauma of a forensic exam and extensive questioning by detectives if nothing happened...but sadly for all of us sometimes it happens..
     
     2304 days ago 
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A sad day for all victims