Monday, 4 July 2011


Campaigners warned that doubts about the credibility of the New York hotel worker who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault on 14 May may make victims fear that only "perfect victims" could report rape and receive justice, and may lead to fewer women reporting sexual attacks.
"The message that this case gives is that, as a society, we still carry notions of a what a perfect rape victim should look like, and what 'real rape' is," said Holly Dustin, manager of End Violence Against Women.
"Rape victims can be less than perfect, they can have insecure immigration status, they can be prostitutes – and they can still be raped. This sends the message to women around the world that unless you are a perfect victim the system will eat you up and spew you out." 

NY Times: Strauss-Kahn Prosecution Said to Be Near Collapse, June 30, 2011

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