Today: Rally in NYC to Support DSK Accuser

AlterNet readers in New York City, take note. There is a rally today from 5-7pm at the Manhattan Courthouse (100 Centre Street) in support of Nafissatou Diallo, the accuser in the DSK rape case. From the official press release:

[M]edia outlets have used alleged sources from the Manhattan DA’s office to imply that the criminal case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn was unstable. These same alleged sources have been used to paint Ms. Diallo as a liar, a prostitute, and a con artist; as well as accuse her of lying in her application for asylum in the United States, and for describing a false gang rape in Guinea.

Following Ms. Diallo’s accusations against Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French writer also filed rape charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn. In fact, the writer’s mother, who previously had a consensual relationship with Mr. Strauss-Kahn, described him as “a predator who isn't looking to please, but to take.” A French newspaper later published claims that Mr. Strauss-Kahn harassed female flight attendants of Air France to such a degree that the airline instituted a policy of placing male attendants on his flights.

Public scrutiny of women who accuse men of rape is itself a manifestation of misogyny. In this particular case, the fact that the accused is wealthy, politically connected, and white; while the accuser is poor, non-white, and immigrant suggests that there are unfortunate social stigmas at play that promote a victim-blaming mentality. The public “leaking” of confidential information regarding the criminal case— if these alleged sources are legitimate— directly interferes with the ongoing criminal case, and is unfair to all involved.

The rally is being organized by a number of feminist groups, including NOW, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, the New York chapter of Women, Action and the Media, Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program/Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, and the Coalition To Support Sexual Violence Victims and Survivors.

AlterNet's own culture editor, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, will be speaking at the rally, along with journalist Amanda Marcotte, NOW NYC executive director Sonia Ossorio, Hollaback! international movement coordinator Veronica Pinto, and many more.

The rally today is especially important, given the news that the DSK case may be dropped very soon, and things are not looking good for Diallo.

Here's the Facebook invite for the rally, containing even more details. Please do come out and support Diallo if you can.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at August 22, 2011, 5:50am

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