Sunday, May 29th 2011
In the morning that seemed the start of summer, with Franklin St. in downtown Manhattan shining with sun splashes, the one side of the street was taken up by a sprawl of reporters and camera holders behind fencing, and the other by this three stories of cement, stone and iron elegance that housed a bent over French flop.
The name is Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
He rents this house at about $50,000 a month.
He is on huge bail. He has been indicted on charges of taking a black woman who works as a housecleaner and sexually abusing her as he felt. Why not? Who was she? Was she a floor scrubber who thought she had her own way in life?
There is evidence consisting of DNA, the initials for sperm that was left.
He lived a life of success that also caused a great number of stories of his brutal treatment of women. He was not alone. He just treated women French style. The common life in France had women in fear of coming forward with these stories about being assaulted because the men would ruin them.
So this cowardly form of French life must find this man quite surprised today to peek around one of his drawn shades on Franklin St. and see this crowd of reporters and camera people. Look at this, girls, chippies, pigeons, whatever you call them - just look at them, they should serve me and instead they want to blow my life away in the daily news everywhere.
Kala Ganesh, of the advocacy group CONNECT, has announcements on the Internet and all else starting with, "We are dedicated to the prevention and elimination of domestic violence and gender justice." She was found in front of City Hall Friday afternoon with a group of women. Many politicians, who let their voices tell of the disappointment in the verdict that freed two cops for their abuse of a woman. She was dead drunk and they were given the assignment of bringing her to her apartment. She didn't know where she was, but the two cops did. They were in and out of the apartment several times that night. But in the trial they were acquitted.
It kept the two cops out of prison, but they lost their jobs and pensions. And the crowd of women sounding against the idea of women being necessary victims of out-of-bounds police work, which they most certainly are, will certainly grow from demonstrations to new laws to change with such force old police neighborhood lives and its people.
This man Strauss-Kahn will have his aggressiveness on women argued about time and again when and if he goes to trial.
In putting this piece together, I asked for past rape cases from all over the city. "A rape case? Why sure. Here." The Brooklyn prosecutor's office now showed me a case of a man sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy. I politely declined.