Dominique Strauss-Kahn is Innocent, as the Judge Dismisses Rape Charge – Raises questions about whether the Accusers are Opportunists or Truly Victims.

August 25th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
What could be more difficult than ascertaining whether or not a sex crime has taken place.  Unless there is abundant physical and forensic evidence that forcible rape occurred, the evidence is always circumstantial and it comes down to “he said, she said.”
Now let me make this crystal clear; rape is a violent, unspeakably abhorrent crime and which if someone commits this crime and is truly guilty, then it is understood that the culprit should be publicly denounced and incarcerated in a real prison with bars 6 x 8 for a long time. However, the problem is how do we know who is guilty and who is not. Unfortunately, unless there is a camera, eyewitnesses who saw it (unlikely) or as I indicated earlier, forensic evidence indicating struggle and rape; there are only two people who know the truth.
This is certainly one of the most prodigiously vexing problems with which our judicial system has to contend and there really does not seem to be a real satisfactory solution with which I’m wholly comfortable. I tend to lean toward and place more weight on the physical evidence as to whether or not a crime was committed. Perhaps I possess this point of view because the women with whom I am associated are tough as nails and if she were in a position that Nafissatou Diallo was in, her reaction would certainly be different.
To begin with, Ms. Diallo stated that Mr. Strauss-Kahn forced her to perform oral sex on him. Now excuse me but this is not a prison setting and as far as I know, Strauss-Kahn did not have a gun or any other weapon. So Ms. Diallo, one would think could very well have just run out of the hotel room. Or, if hypothetically, she could not escape then – Not to get graphic, but the most logical self-defense tactic is the obvious – bite as hard as you possibly can and with your right hand, squeeze his testicles as hard as humanly possible. This will incapacitate the toughest thug on the planet – guaranteed.
Another scenario would perhaps be when a bigger, stronger man forces sexual intercourse on a woman. I understand there is no defense against that but at least try – put your fingers in his eye – sockets, etc. and then finally sometimes a weaker woman is overcome by the strength of the perpetrator and that is understood. However the physical evidence will show struggle and there you go.
Please do not misunderstand me, I am talking about alleged celebrity crimes such as this one, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Kobe Bryant, etc. I can perfectly understand if a woman does not resist if she is attacked on the street by a violent felon.  That is a completely different scenario; by fighting back, this may just intensify the situation and force the fiend to get angry which subsequently could possibly lead to a homicide or some other grave physical injury.
We are discussing one of the most heinous crimes imaginable and a situation in which a woman is alleging that a celebrated public figure with enormous wealth raped her. Again, a rich and famous person could very well rape a hotel house cleaner but it certainly does raise red flags. Why?
The fact of the matter is that there are opportunistic, gold digging, reprehensible women who are so twisted that they would lie and entrap a famous and rich man and basically ruin his life. All she has to do is cry out rape and a man could lose his reputation, marriage, his money, and finally his life.
So whadayouthink ? Just because a woman says she was raped, doesn’t mean this was in fact the case. I believe a woman who lies and tries to entrap a man should herself be sent to a real prison 6×8 for a long time. The real question is are these rich and famous men cads or “rapists” or are they  targets for blackmail ?
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4 Responses to “Dominique Strauss-Kahn is Innocent, as the Judge Dismisses Rape Charge – Raises questions about whether the Accusers are Opportunists or Truly Victims.”

  1. Chip Says:

    I cannot help but believe that the issue here is two-fold. First, here is a wealthy, politically connected man who is known to have engaged in many illicit affairs and there have been some who have come forward and stated that he went after them (I’ll avoid the use of the term attacked). A journalist has spoken to Mrs. Strauss Kahn regarding his philandering ways and quoted her as stating she knows of his phlandering ways, but he always comes back to her. Apparently the rich and powerful can do what they please! What are we to expect from any group of people if they are not held accountable!!
    Secondly, sadly I believe that this might well be a cultural issue. The D.A.’s office dropped the charges against this slimy piece of ___( well you get the point), in part because of inconsistencies regarding a rape that she alleged happened in her home country. She indicated that she was raped in order to seek aslyum in the U.S. No one is willing to try to understand that in her country, rape is a means to discipline and display force to rule; Ms. Nafissatou Diallo has a daughter and I’m sure any individual would understand how she might utilize this as a reason to gain access to the U.S. and provide a better life for her and her daughter.
    It’s sad that many people aren’t willing to understand the atrocities that this woman has possibly witnessed and how it has impacted her life and her decisions.

    I wasn’t there, so who knows what truly happened, but according to all news articles there was substantial DNA evidence. As for her not fighting back, again I believe this is easily explained by way of the cultural differences. She is a woman who was frightened and conditioned from past experiences to do what is necessary to survive. She acknowledged that she was afraid for her life “after the fact” and when asked why, she stated “because he is a rich and powerful man and that is what was done in my country”.

    I understand the uncertainty, but it’s a sinful that the rich and powerful get away with these things and the population that is “lower on the totem pole” remain victims and continue to be victimized, either because they don’t have the money to pay high powered attorneys or, as what I believe is the situation that happened in this case, people are oblivious to the differences in cultures.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Chip,

    Thank you for your well-written and incisive comment. You certainly have raised some valid points – 1. Strauss-Kahn has a track record of exhibiting and partaking in lecherous behavior. He is absolutely a man who is not incapable of such a vulgar act and yes, even rape. 2. Excellent point you brought up regarding the cultural background of Diallo. I could certainly imaigine her not fighting back; I am sure she would have been scared for her life and prodigiously intimidated. Exceellent point ! 3. Lastly, Nobody knows; that was the whole point of the Op-ed blog – rape is so difficult to prove as well as disprove. Keep coming back, you shed a lot of light on this very thorny issue.

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