Yesterday, news broke that the NYC cops accused of raping a woman in her East Village apartment had a history of harassing young women while on the job. Interestingly, if you google this, the most trafficked site to report it was Jezebel here in the States; UK Daily Mail also commented on it. The Times didn’t see this as important?
For all the issues of “credibility” that are being brought up against the Sofitel housekeeper who brought charges against DSK, and for all the major news sources that reported on that (google it - major newspapers, major cable news stations, major network news stations) does it not seem a bit odd that a documented history of harassment against a woman, unsubstantiated arrest of this woman, and the blocking of this woman filing a criminal complaint was not seen as important to bring up in the trial against these cops?
Rape victims have their entire sexual histories dredged up and paraded in front of juries in attempts to convince people that a sexually active and expressive woman cannot be raped because she enjoys sex. Their consensual sex life has nothing at all to do with a non-consensual sexual assault. These cops’ documented and reported history of harassment does have relevance in a trial contesting their on the job behavior, treatment of those who seek police officers’ help, and history of actions that indicate a general disrespect for women.