I don’t have to take a position on rape. Anybody who is actually pro-rape deserves a preemptive strike right between the eyes. But proving rape is another matter.
You can’t automatically take the complainant’s side: according to the Cambridge Law Journal, between two and eight percent of complaints are false. That statistic is in keeping with the five percent number we were working with back when I was in the crisis intervention business. But even if the false complaint number was far lower, we’ve got this “proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law” thing going in American jurisprudence, and that’s a pretty good thing. However, most rapes occur between people who know each other and those incidents usually happen in secluded locations away from witnesses.
This is one of the many reasons why I’m in favor of everybody having their kids trained in martial arts. It’s also why I tend to think of those people who falsely accuse others of the crime as loathsome creatures who are making it a hell of a lot harder for real victims to be taken seriously.
Case in point: Dominique Gaston Strauss-Kahn (DSK, according to current trend) was the super-rich head of the International Monetary Fund. A well-known horn-dog of extreme proportions, this guy was staying in a $3000 a night Manhattan hotel room and had sex with a hotel maid. She later said it was rape; DSK was arrested and held under $5,000,000 bond. He lost his IMF gig, was ridiculed all over the planet, and was counted out of next year’s French presidential race where he looked like a probable candidate and a likely winner.
A couple weeks later, the complainant’s story started to fall apart. She had previously reported a false gang rape, was involved with drug dealers, had over a hundred thousand dollars in the bank, cheated on her taxes by reporting a phony son, told an incarcerated drug dealer she was shaking the guy down for a ton of money, and – perhaps most damning – cleaned another couple of rooms at the hotel before she reported the incident.
Including DSK’s room. Hello?
Of course this doesn’t mean she wasn’t a victim. But absent of other evidence, she certainly appears to be a lying hustler. Con artists are void of credibility. As of this writing, she hasn’t been charged with anything and saying she is a massive con artist would be as wrong as saying at this point in time Strauss-Kahn was a rapist.
Mind you, I do not anoint DSK with credibility simply because he is an abominably wealthy old white man of power and status. Indeed, that’s pretty much a negative in my book. But after spending weeks in house arrest, I don’t blame him for having a $700 meal of prosciutto and orange flesh melon, pappardella with truffles, Mediterranean sea bass, Pinot Grigio and, with the main course, red wine. Personally, I don’t care for sea food but after the $3000 a night hotel room, this was chickenfeed.
He’s not getting his IMF job back; that’s gone to the first woman to hold the position. But if the charges are dropped he might take that presidential run. If so, he’ll have a hell of a lot of name recognition and he should easily score the French “fuck America” vote. That serves us right for conflating pommes frites with freedom.
But if his accuser was having sex with him just so she could turn it into a massive payday, she did a lot more than simply screw a rich guy: she caused great, great harm to every man, woman and child who has ever been raped. Damn near every defendant is going to use this case in his or her defense.
I hold a special contempt for this type of person. As a rape victim, I always will.
Gadfly, anarcho-syndicalist and www.ComicMix.com editor-in-Chief Mike Gold will resume performing his weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking bizarro music and blather radio show and his Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind political and cultural rants on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com, just as soon as he recovers from his severe medical trauma. When that happens, his Weird Sounds show will be available on-demand. Yay!