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Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the head of the International Monetary Fund until May 2011, when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 32 year old female that worked as a hotel housekeeper. Since, that time a New York judge has dismissed the charges against Strauss-Kahn. He is still facing a civil lawsuit that has been filed against him. Strauss-Kahn's Lawyers state that he is not concerned at this time about the suit.

The charges were dropped against Strauss-Kahn due to the victim's credibility. There were questions of her whereabouts after the rape incident and other details. Previously the victim had accused soldiers from her country of gang raping her, but later admitted that she had lied. The victim had also lied on her tax papers. All the, lies hurt her credibility severely.

Nobody knows exactly what happened the night in question but the two parties that were involved. Is there discrimination going on in this case? There is a white man and a black woman involved. Could it be due to the financial situations of the parties involved? You have a black female that is working in a hotel as a housekeeper and a white man that is rich and powerful. If Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a janitor or a bus boy, do you think that the prosecutors would have even looked at the credibility of the victim? Do you think they would have even looked into her tax forms? I don't think so. It is hard to say who is right or wrong in this situation.

The victim's lawyer is glad that a lawsuit is in place. The lawyer and the victim feel that she would not be treated fairly with the process. The prosecutor's are not saying that a crime had not been committed but that there was not enough evidence to back up the charges. There was enough evidence that did show that a sexual act had occurred but not that it was forceful.

There were more than two lives that were turned upside down. You have the victim and her family that is going to be frowned upon due to the information from her past that was told. She probably will never get a decent job after all of this. Then you have Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his family. He has been shunned in the public eye. He is no longer head of the International Monetary fund anymore. This has caused embarrassment to his wife and children. Who has won this case? I don't see either one of them as the winner.

Due to the circumstances, there are rape victims that are wondering are they doing the

right thing at telling that they have been raped. There are women's rights advocates and

Detectives, and prosecutors looking to see what will happen to other rape cases. Should rape

victim's past be made public? This is a delicate subject in the legal system.

The victim in this case has a great deal of supporters.

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