Critic: Strauss-Kahn Ending Sends “Bad Message” to Women


The abrupt end to the sexual-assault case against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City caused consternation, especially in the African immigrant community, among feminist groups, and social justice organizations, the Christian Science Monitor reports. “It sends a very bad message to women who are vulnerable to any sexual abuse by men for sexual power,” says Yasmeen Hassan of Equality Now, an international human rights organization. “Unless you are Mother Teresa, don't come forward in a case like this.”

Outside the courtroom where Strauss-Kahn had his court appearance yesterday, protesters yelled, “Put him on trial!” and “DSK shame on you!” “All I'm asking for is a trial,” said Gwen Goodwin, one protesters. “Obviously, something happened.” “No woman should be treated that way,” said Nelsy Garcia, a protester from The Healing Center, a nonprofit dedicated to the intervention and prevention of family violence and abuse. Strauss-Kahn said the hotel-room sex was consensual.

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