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The Double Standard of Sex Crimes

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Last night, Nafissatou Diallo, the 32-year old Sofitel employee who has accused the former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, took the unusual step of appearing on national TV before her criminal case has been settled. Because of this, the New York Post called her "The Blabber" and said that she "suddenly and miraculously regained her memory of a conversation she said she had with Strauss-Kahn." I do not know whether she was brutally attacked, as she claims, or whether the sex between DSK and Diallo was consensual. But I do know this: neither her inconsistencies about what happened immediately afterwards nor her decision to now go public should make us any more skeptical of her story.

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