How many women never spoke up or out about sexual assault? How many women were afraid to press charges? Let the DSK dismissal be our call to rise. Let so many of us speak out that it's a landslide and it turns the tide and the method of justice.
When the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dismissed on Tuesday, it occurred to us that what we had in front of us was a good metaphor for one of the tawdry underbellies of American life.
It's the nightmarish scene that plays out in the minds of many women who are rape victims -- that if they took their allegations to court they would end up being the ones on trial, rather than the rapist.
Will New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance allow the DSK case to proceed to trial and allow a jury to render a verdict? Or will he play God and decide the case himself? He makes his decision on Tuesday.
I have to say it, even if nobody else wants to. I think we need to have a national conversation about how "we the people" have reacted to the alleged sexual assault of Nafissatou Diallo by Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
It is ethically correct for prosecutors to proceed to trial even with a weak case. That's what a prosecutor's duty to justice really means, and prosecutors more than any other government officials are sworn to serve justice.
Nafissatou Diallo and her lead lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, have thrown all normal rules of professional conduct to the wind and decided instead to conduct their case in the manner of the famous showman, P.T. Barnum.