After Strauss-Kahn, Fear of Rape Victim Silence

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August 24, 2011

"Lynn Hecht Schafran, senior vice president of Legal Momentum, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization for women and girls, said the Diallo case did have its uncommon aspects. The Manhattan district attorney’s office, she noted, went to 'unique lengths' to explain its reasoning in dropping the case. The unusual background, including prosecutors’ contention that Ms. Diallo repeatedly lied about her past, should not be a deterrent to other women, she said.

'Victims do not have to be pristine to be believed in court,' Ms. Schafran said."