How Not to Talk When You Talk About Rape Lessons About Media Emerge from Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Case
The IMF's Dominique Strauss-Kahn is in police custody in New York, but it's the people writing about him behaving criminally.
Ever since Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was arrested on charges of sexual assault in New York City, it seems like everyone on the internet has weighed in on the matter. Some of the takes are good, but many, as they are wont to be when the topic is rape, are very bad. Shameful editorializing in the wake of sexual assault is so common you can almost set your watch to it: A woman accuses a high-profile person of attacking her, and a second later—we're in the Twitter era, remember—someone else is saying something infuriating about either her or the case.
In an effort to cut down on stupidity, we've put together a collection of some things you should avoid when talking about rape. Consider this a guidebook for what's bound to be a long and drawn out DSK trial.