Monday, July 18, 2011

Politicians and Activists Rally for Alleged Strauss-Khan Victim

Politicians and Activists Rally for Alleged Strauss-Khan Victim

July 17, 2011 9:58pm




State Sen. Bill Perkins address a rally for Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged accuser outside the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Office Building in Harlem July 17, 2011. (DNAinfo/Tim Gorta)

By Tim Gorta

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — "Today we are all women," State Sen. Bill Perkins declared in front of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.

Perkins joined community and religious leaders there Sunday for a rally in support of the woman accusing ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault. The speakers presented the case, which has hit a number of stumbling blocks in recent weeks, to an audience of about 80 as an issue for the rights of women, minorities, and immigrants.

"Every woman is subject to these malicious, destroying kinds of allegations" that have derailed the case against Strauss-Kahn, said speaker Virginia Montague, president of the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women.  "We demand that this woman has her day in court," she added.

The group is led in prayer before the rally. (DNAinfo/Tim Gorta)

Prosecutors wrote a scathing letter to Strauss-Kahn's defense attorneys attacking the credibility of the accuser, a 32-year-old Guinean immigrant, both in terms of the details she gave about the alleged May 14 sex attack at a Midtown hotel and concerning her personal life.

In the wake of the June 30 letter, prosecutors released Strauss-Kahn without bail and freed him from house arrest, leaving the future of the case in limbo.

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