Thursday, May 19, 2011

Playing the Victim Card

Ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of trying to rape a hotel maid in New York City, was granted granted bail today. The amount is high, and the conditions are stringent, which seems only fair considering that he'd already tried to bolt the country once. His attorney, according to the BBC, answered the prosecution's objections thusly: "The prospect of Mr Strauss-Kahn teleporting himself to France and living there as an accused sex offender, fugitive, is ludicrous." Of course! Who would do such such a ludicrous thing?

Even worse than the other attempts to make Strauss-Kahn seem a victim is this vile story from the New York Post:

The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned. ...

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control: "It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex."...

The humiliated, 62-year-old suspect was ordered held without bail Monday and placed under suicide watch at Rikers Island -- reduced to wearing shoes without laces and a medical device to make sure he's breathing.
True, it is remotely possible to contract HIV from the act of fellatio, but the receptive partner is much more at risk than the insertor. And there's something outrageously funny about a rapist, even a "humiliated, 62-year-old" one, worrying that he might, you know, catch something from his victim. Someone like Strauss-Kahn, who appears to have quite a sexual history of his own, is more likely to put his partners at risk. There's no indication in any of the stories I've seen that he showed any interest in condom use when he assaulted the woman. If, as Strauss-Kahn's attorneys allege, the encounter was "a consensual romp," then surely an experienced married man having an extramarital fling would have the prudence to protect himself (to say nothing of his wife) with a latex barrier, right? So there's nothing to worry about, except that swill like this will keep turning up in the trial process.