Prosecutors in France have accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of “pimping,” in connection with an organized prostitution ring in Lille. Suddenly French Socialists shun him over concerns about women’s rights as opposed to the welcome he received when he returned to France, safe from criminal prosecution for the “alleged” rape of Nafissatou Diallo. French Socialists Shun Dominique Srauss-Kahn after Conspiracy Allegations [Guardian]
Remember Nafissatou Diallo whose civil suit against Strauss-Kahn is still proceeding. Next Tuesday a judge is expected to rule on whether Strauss-Kahn is still protected by diplomatic immunity because he was head of the IMF at the time of the “encounter.” The judge could dismiss the case if the ruling is in Strauss-Kahn’s favor. Judge to Rule Tuesday on Strauss-Kahn suit’s fate [Chicago Tribune]. Note to Chicago Tribune editors: why is this story published in the Arts and Entertainment section? Do you find this case amusing? Tell me what is artful and entertaining about what you wrongly term as sexual assault. The correct term is rape, defined by the FBI as: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” Also, Nafissatou Diallo is a human being, a woman: maid or hotel housekeeper is or was her occupation.
Nafissatou Diallo accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of forcing her to suck his dick. I suppose that I could use a nicer, more civil terms like, oral penetration or oral sex, but to say or write “suck his dick,” is to mock and transform the sanitized language that obscures an act of violence. “Oral penetration” and “oral sex” sound too consensual, forced to suck his dick removes ambiguity.
New York prosecutors dropped rape charges against Strauss-Kahn because they doubted Nafissatou Diallo’s credibility based on her alleged inability to remember and tell a consistent story. I never doubted Nafissatou Diallo.
I remember being raped and how some things weren’t clear afterwards. I couldn’t remember if I screamed or not when that rapist grabbed me from behind and threatened that he had a knife, although, my roommate told me that she heard a scream, but she didn’t look out the window to see what it was about. If she had done so, she would have witnessed what occurred in that parking lot. I couldn’t remember every single detail of that ordeal; I was confused, unsure, and angry. The police asked if he pulled a knife and did I fight. The wanted to know if we kissed. Did I have an orgasm? A detective accused me of lying. So I remember and sympathize with Nafissatou Diallo: she is the victim of a Frenchman raised in a macho culture in which “only ten percent of 75,000 rape victims each year register formal complaints … France is well behind on tackling this … there is a gap between the French national slogan, ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity’ and reality.”
” …in France, every two days a woman dies at the hands of her male partner!” French Politics Silent on Women [EuoroNews]
I remember Nafissatou Diallo and wish her well.
And please, never speak to me again of European sociocultural superiority.