(AAP) Controversy in the blogosphere: What’s the only crime where the victim stands trial too? Rape

August 1st, 2011  |  by Veralyn Williams |  Published in Podcast

(Audio Missing) This week I am going to be talking about Nafissatou Diallo, the housekeeper who accused Dominique Srauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in May. The French press was the first to report her name- and since then there has been many reports detailing her background and questioning her credibility.

In a New York Times article entitled: “Strauss-Kahn Accuser’s Call Alarmed” they reported July 1st:

Twenty-eight hours after a housekeeper… said she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, she spoke by phone to a boyfriend in an immigration jail in Arizona.

Investigators with the Manhattan district attorney’s office learned the call had been recorded and had it translated from a “unique dialect of Fulani,” a language from the woman’s native country, Guinea, according to a well-placed law enforcement official.

(AKA – An anonymous source)

They go on:

When the conversation was translated — a job completed only this Wednesday — investigators were alarmed: “She says words to the effect of, ‘Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,’ ” the official said.

Since then this has been proven the reports of this “well-placed law enforcement official” were false. I read a Guardian article, written on Thursday that said:

Kenneth Thompson revealed that he and his client, Nafissatou Diallo, 32, had spent most of Wednesday with prosecutors going over tapes of phone conversations she had with a fellow Guinea immigrant, now in a US jail, 24 hours after the alleged sexual assault. Contrary to reports, Thompson said, they did not show her seeking to profit from her accusation.

The L Magazine wrote a blog responding to this- entiled: “Nafissatou Diallo Not a Liar” by Audrey Ference

She says:

In fact, instead of saying that she could get money from DSK by exploiting a rape accusation, she was merely explaining to the man she was talking to who the Ga4uy was– who raped her. (Sarcastically she says) Just an honest mistake, no doubt! Good thing they have these tapes, now they’ll definitely find her innocent. Oh wait, Ms. Diallo ISN’T THE DEFENDANT IN THIS CASE.

Exactly! They have this woman jumping through hoops. Making media appearances, and re-enacting what she went through over and over again. Just so she can have her day in court. I really don’t understand how things really got this far.

Rape as Law in Order SVU reminds us as the top of every episode—is one of the most “heinous crimes” a person can commit. So No- a person should not be falsely accused of it, but figure that out in court. Why put the victim on trail? All we’re doing is telling the women who were raped today—that they should keep it to themselves… or else. And that (in my opinion) is the tragedy in all this.

Oh and I’ve heard that because she went to clean another room before she reported what had happen to her- that must mean that she’s lying. News flash: Some women go days, months, years before ever telling anyone they were raped.

I recently shared on my blog about a time in my life where I was drugged. I only got away unharmed because I didn’t like the drink I was given. And before I wrote the post- I’d only told 1 person and that was 6 years ago.

In my opinion: We need to be sending victims of rape the message that there was nothing they could have done to invite a sexual assault. Period!

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