Strauss-Kahn & The Forgotten Victims

Mr Strauss-Kahn, the truth will out

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It is all very well for comments such as “Strauss-Kahn’s arrest could not have come at a worse time for the EU and IMF” to make the headlines; what about the victims in this sordid case?   See  Strauss-Kahn & Sarkozy

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair,  and the maid at the plush hotel where the sexual assault took place, must be living in hell. Both have been abused; Ms Sinclair psychologically and the maid, psychologically and physically.  Ms Sinclair might say she does not believe the charges, but she is a woman, and deep down will be experiencing pain and humiliation.  But Ms Sinclair is also a woman from an elite background so will come out of this far better than the maid, whose new life is all but destroyed.

What possesses these high-powered male global leaders to partake of such risky behaviour?  One asks if Strauss-Kahn’s deviant sexual urges would impel him to rape and sodomise his wife and daughters, or if this is just something he  would inflict on a black immigrant worker who in his mind is not worth much?    See  Catholic Dichotomy of Women

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Robert Weiss, founder and director of the Sexual Recovery Institute, which specialises in sexual addiction, posits:

While a sense of strength and fearlessness and a near disregard of consequences can make for great, powerful leaders, the problems come when they do not acknowledge they are human. If their narcissism or egotism isn’t matched by a healthy dose of humility of what it means to be human … and they run on their intellect and don’t attend to their emotions on any level … then they are bound for trouble.

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The 32 year old victim’s life has now been turned upside down. She can’t go home nor can she return to her position at the US$3000.00 a night hotel. For her, this was a dream job.  Now, she has no idea what her future will be, what she will be able to do to support herself and her teenage daughter. “This has been nothing short of a cataclysmic event in her life, and she feels alone in the world”, says a spokesperson. The victim of this horrendous sexual assault, came to the U.S. seven years ago under “very difficult circumstances” from West Africa, and is raising her daughter by herself now that the girl’s father is dead. The family was granted asylum in the U.S., and she is a legal resident. She has worked at the hotel for three years, has a good reputation and is well liked.

On the other hand, her attacker, as one of the most privileged of all international diplomats, and who earns a tax-free salary of $420,930 plus a cost of living allowance of  $75,350, at least wont have to worry about where his next meal is coming from or about the feelings and welfare of his four daughters, his previous two wives will take care of that.

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I ask myself this: why would a wealthy and influential man like Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who, one presumes, could attract many women with his wealth and power, take such a risk?  He could visit brothels or phone for a glamorous escort to satiate his sexual desires.  Statistics reveal that powerful men use escorts and prostitutes on a regular basis.    See  Shame on you Mr Burlesconi!

Perhaps this behaviour is too risky.  These women tend to talk to the Press (note Tiger Woods), and besides, they might be seen arriving or leaving his hotel suite.  Then again, perhaps there isn’t that same risky thrill of danger if the sex is consensual,  or if it has to be paid for like some boring financial transaction for goods.  One of his past victims likened his sexual behaviour towards her to that of a “rutting chimpanzee”.  And she was a colleague!

Mr Strauss-Kahn was kidding himself that visiting a brothel was beneath his plastic dignity; He already lives in the gutter!

The brothel in the city then, is like the stable or latrine in the house. Because just as the city keeps itself clean, by providing a separate place where filth and dung are gathered, so neither less nor more, acts the brothel; where the filth and ugliness of the flesh are gathered like the garbage and dung of the city.

–  Taken from the ‘The Prospect Before Her‘ by Olwen Hufton.

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As usual in such cases of power and gender imbalance, Strauss-Kahn’s wealthy and influential lawyers are espousing a defence that the victim was paid to honey trap Strauss-Kahn and that the sex was consensual.  His version of events is changing by the day. I would suggest that Strauss-Kahn has the haunted look of  a man whose sexual predator past has finally caught up with him.  I for one will be watching the progress of this case with interest, as I am sure will be many women around the world.

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UPDATE:

Strauss-Kahn claims diplomatic immunity

NEW YORK | Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:07pm EDT (By Joseph Ax)

(Reuters) – Lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn asked a judge on Monday to dismiss a civil suit filed by a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, asserting that the onetime French presidential hopeful had diplomatic immunity.

Strauss-Kahn was cleared of all criminal charges that he forced Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo to perform oral sex in a New York luxury suite on May 14, but he still faces the civil suit plus a separate allegation by a woman in France. The motion to dismiss, filed in New York state Supreme Court in the Bronx, where the woman lived, also claimed her “false charges” significantly impaired the International Monetary Fund’s “ability to serve its critical function … at a time of worldwide financial crisis and instability.”

But the central argument asserted the Frenchman was immune from such a suit under international law when it was filed in early August, and lawyers asked the judge to throw the case out in its entirety.  The suit filed by attorney William Taylor, who was also part of Strauss-Kahn’s criminal defence team, argued that his position as IMF managing director granted him diplomatic immunity that extended even after his resignation and until he was free to return to France.

DSK IS NOT A DIPLOMAT

Diallo’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, immediately rejected that argument.

“This baseless motion is another desperate attempt to avoid having to answer for the deplorable acts he committed against Ms. Diallo,” Thompson wrote in an email. “Strauss-Kahn’s claim of diplomatic immunity will clearly fail because: (1) he is not a diplomat; (2) according to his own story he was in New York on ‘personal’ business; (3) he, not the IMF, paid for his room at the Sofitel; and (4) he was obviously acting in his personal capacity when he violently attacked Ms. Diallo.”

While her account of the assault remained steadfast, Diallo told a series of lies about her past and about what happened immediately after the incident in the $3,000-a-night suite in New York’s Sofitel hotel, prosecutors said. Despite the dismissal of criminal charges, the civil suit remains viable because civil actions require a lesser burden of proof.  [There is also significant DNA evidence and a hospital report of injuries sustained by Ms Diallo during the assault].

In a separate motion, his lawyers also demanded that sections of the lawsuit alleging Strauss-Kahn assaulted other women be stricken, as well as claims that he and his defence team “smeared” Diallo’s character.”

In addition to the civil suit, he still faces a separate inquiry in France from a writer who says Strauss-Kahn forced himself on her during a 2003 interview.

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A Broken Man?

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2 comments
  1. Hugh Allen said:

    Believe me, it’s not just women who will be watching this, Ms Hufton. It IS possible to be male and to be appalled. It is also likely that a lot of Africans will be watching it too. He clearly assumed she was a nobody without a voice or acces to redress. I believe that the term is ‘racist’.

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  2. frandi said:

    I agree with all you say Hugh. My partner is also appalled.

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