as with most high-profile rape cases, the one involving dominique strauss-kahn (head of the IMF) has left me feeling a little sick. the woman alleging sexual assault is apparently in hiding, unable to return to work and who knows how she is surviving.
details of her ethnicity, immigration status and religion are now in the public arena. yet again, the media response gives a clear lesson to women: if you're raped by a high-profile man and don't keep quiet about it, expect for your life to be made miserable. there will be no waiting for justice through the court system and very little about your identity will remain secret. expect every aspect of your past and present to be scrutinised. that is the price you pay for being in the vicinity of a rapist who has a public profile.
i can't find links to it, but i heard in the news today that the woman concerned did not know who mr strauss-kahn was when she made the complaint. she had absolutely no idea that her life would be drastically affected. the underlying implication seems to be that she probably would not have spoken to police had she known that this would be the result of her actions.
yup. this is rape culture in action. pretty hard not to feel sick about it.