Alex McCord: What message does the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case send to other women?
There have been more plot twists with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in the last 48 hours then your average soap opera.
When someone as high profile as Strauss-Kahn is accused of a crime, his
defense team is expected to hit hard in order to clear him. Counter-investigations of accusers are nothing new, and tearing down
the prosecutor’s case often involves discrediting or neutralizing
witnesses. However, what message does this send to other women? Only
report sexual assault if you have no skeletons in your closet?
It’s been made public that the woman lied on official documents and
talked to a man in prison. As a result she went from being hailed in the
media as a brave heroine to being labeled a liar and a prostitute.
the other side, we’ve learned that few were surprised at charges of
sexual assault against Strauss-Kahn, with a separate case filed in
France this week. It’s easy to suggest that the indictment happened
hastily but had prosecutors not moved quickly, he’d have left the
country. No one wants a 30-year legal farce a la Roman Polanski.
Perhaps what would have served this situation and future ones better is
an extradition treaty between the U.S. and France. How about it, Sarkozy
We the public look for the happy ending with the mystery solved and
justice served, but it’s real life, not “Law & Order SVU.” It’s not
clear who the good guys and bad guys are, and we’ll probably never know.